United dominated the action, with Rooney often at the centre of it. While the two-time European Cup winners bagged themselves an early goal, netted by Inigo Martinez via crucial work by Rooney, they failed to capitalise on their supremacy further, as testified by Rooney himself who lamented post-match that the team could have walked away with a 5-0 win under their belts, rather than the slim 1-0 triumph.
After dropping two points at home to Southampton on Saturday, though, together with their draw at Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of the month, it was imperitive for both club and under-pressure manager David Moyes to secure victory.
'We played some great football and we should have won 3, 4 or 5-0 even,' said Rooney to Sky Sports following the victory.
'We got the win and that was important after the game on Saturday, we played well, deserved it and good to get the three points.'
He continued: 'We defended well… the clean sheet is always pleasing and we created a lot of chances. On another day, we'd have taken them. There was an early goal, we could have gone in half-time at 2-0 up so the game was more comfortable for us.
'We started the second half quite slow, we really went at them, but that's football and like I said, we got the three points.'
United enjoyed 55% of the possession, shot 18 times but managed just five on target. The win, though, leaves them atop of Group A with seven points, one point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who they must face away from home late November, after the return fixture with Sociedad.
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