Moyes heaps praise on United striker
Rooney was labelled as ‘world class’ by Moyes as he struck twice to reach 200 goals for Man United in a great team performance in which Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia also scored.
The Red Devils probably should have beaten the German side by more than two goals if it wasn’t for some poor finishing and some soft defending but Moyes remained positive over his sides overall game.
He said after the match:”The performance was really good tonight and the result was great.
“I think recently we’ve not scored as many goals as we would have liked but we’ve got four tonight and maybe could have scored a couple more.
“The players showed their experience out there. After Leverkusen got back at 1-1, we had to make sure that we went again and won the game.”
Rooney was the centre of attention as he joined the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley as the only players to have scored 200 goals for the Manchester club while also assisting Valencia’s goal.
When asked about the 27-year old the Scot said:”Wayne played really well tonight. He scored his goals and his pass to put Antonio in was terrific.
“We want him to keep that scoring record up. I think there are only three or four Manchester United players that have ever achieved 200 goals.
“I remember saying that he could go on to become one of the all-time greats here by his goals,
“I thought his performance tonight was excellent. I think everything he did was worthy of two goals, and maybe more.
“I think you can see from the way he was moving that he’s in a good place at the moment and any forward who’s scoring goals feels good about himself.
“Any team that wants to win the Champions League needs to have several world class players – and Wayne would certainly come into that category.”
It’s no secret that the former Everton man was rumoured to want to leave Old Trafford but after the game he said:”I’ve concentrated on working hard to get my head down to get myself fit and ready for the season.
“I’m delighted with the way I’ve come back and delighted I’m back playing and scoring goals.
“The fans have been brilliant, they have been fantastic with me. It’s great the reception I get here and hopefully I can replay them with performances and goals like tonight.”
Part of Rooney’s desire to leave Manchester was the fact that Robin van Persie is first choice striker but the Dutchman was full of praise for him saying:”I love to play alongside Wayne. He has a bit of everything. He can go up front, he can play in behind. He can play the short game and the longer game.
“I was very pleased with our team performance,” added the former Arsenal captain. “I thought we played well. When we had the ball we were very confident on it and everyone did their bit.”