Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay lead Man United to effortless win in Brugge

Louis van Gaal’s side swaggered into the group stages in the UEFA Champions League, brushing off a poor Club Brugge side with impressive ruthlessness, 4-0 around the evening and 7-1 on aggregate. The star performances came from Memphis Depay, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger and, needless to say, Wayne Rooney, who claimed a hat-trick.

Rooney has had sustained criticism in recent games but his all-round play on Wednesday evening was a timely reminder of just how great he might be. Far tougher tests will await United in Europe this season, but for now they may be back exactly where they feel they belong, and in some style.