In arguably their best performance of the season Manchester United cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 5-0 thumping of Bayer Leverkusen in their penultimate Group A game.
Having struggled to find any consistency this term under new coach David Moyes the Red Devils were firing on all cylinders in Germany – despite being without Robin Van Persie and Nimaja Vidic.
Moyes said: “Its the job, we won 5-0, we won well, we played well with some outstanding performances and I think I said it before, to come to Germany and to win 5-0, I think they have a great record here in Leverkusen so that puts it into perspective as well.”
Although United were in excellent form Leverkusen, who are second in the Bundesliga behind champions Bayern Munich, were very unimpressive for their standards and coach Sami Hyypia
had trouble hiding his disappointment.
The Former Liverpool defender said: “It is a big deal to concede five goals. Sometimes it is that way. That was a football lesson. I think United did a great job today and after 2-0 they played differently, falling back deeply into their own half of the pitch and then countered from there. This made it difficult to get chances to attack.”
As United progress with a game spare Leverkusen slip to third a point behind Shakhtar Donetsk.
Leverkusen play Real Sociedad in their final game needing to avoid defeat and hope Donetsk lose at Old Trafford.
Man Utd need just a draw to lock down top spot.