David Moyes had to endure a very tough start to his career as Manchester United manager with games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all very early on in the season.
It was a very bumpy start for United that led to plenty questioning Moyes’ credentials but last night against Bayer Leverkusen, United completed the turnaround of those opinions.
Take into account how good Leverkusen were at home prior to the match against us. They had never lost in the Champions League at home and are currently second in the Bundesliga, three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund – but United destroyed them.
Not by one or two goals but five.
It was an obliteration inspired by Moyes’ tactics. United hit Leverkusen with ferocious pace on the counter-attack and they had no answer. They couldn’t stop us but that wasn’t even the most pleasing point made by the victory.
United could have come out in the second half and sat back to protect the 2-0 lead. We didn’t. We kept pushing on for more. There have been occasions this season (Southampton for example) where United’s decision to protect a lead has backfired but Moyes took the game to Leverkusen for 90 minutes in Germany. In many respects, Nani’s sumptuous goal at the end was the most satisfying – it may have been insignificant in the result but it showed that Moyes still wanted his side to attack until the very end.
ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK
It was the perfect European away performance that was United’s best ever away result in the Champions League. United are now unbeaten in 11 in all competitions and Moyes has sent out a message to everybody with that victory – United are one of the best teams around, transition or no transition.