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By By Leander Schaerlaeckens  |  Last updated 9/17/13
It would seem that United were wise to clutch onto the want-away Wayne Rooney after all. Because for all his griping, for his enduring public claims that he'd rather graze on some greener grass, for his maddening streakiness, he continues to occupy the space between a mean and a mediocre Manchester United team. On Tuesday, his assist and two goals - the first of which made him the first Brit to score 28 UEFA Champions League goals; the second just the fourth man to score 200 for United - helped the Red Devils dispatch Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in their continental opener. If the score suggested a comfortable win, however, David Moyes, the first manager to lead Manchester United in a European campaign not named Sir Alex Ferguson since 1985, nevertheless found out that winning in Europe is an altogether different beast. Because for all his side's dominance in this game, besting Leverkusen in every way at home within the comfy confines of Old Trafford, in front of a crowd that has witnes...
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