Half-Time Report: Manchester United ahead at the break

Manchester United are 2-0 up against Bayer Leverkusen at half time in their Champions League clash.

Manchester United are 2-0 up against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena at half time in their Champions League Group A clash.

In what proved to be a half where chances were few and far between, Nani had the first shot in the 16th minute from outside the box but it curled off target.

Five minutes later Stefan Kiessling found himself with the ball in a good position for Bayer, but Jonny Evans made the block at the right time.

Just moments later United surged ahead. Shinji Kagawa picked up the ball from deep and passed it to Ryan Giggs, who then released Wayne Rooney on the left for the striker to send in a cross for Antonio Valencia to slot in from close range.

Man United's Antonio Valencia is congratulated by teammates Wayne Rooney after scoring the opening goal against Bayern Leverkusen during their Champions League group match on November 27, 2013© AFP

United doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark when Emir Spahic inadvertently turned Rooney's free kick inside his own net.

Manchester United's midfielder Ryan Giggs controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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