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• David Moyes is set to take charge of United in Europe for the first time. Nobody but Sir Alex Ferguson has led them in continental competition since Ron Atkinson guided them to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1984/85.
• This is United's 19th UEFA Champions League campaign, one more than FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF and FC Porto.
• It is also United's 18th successive season in the competition, one more than Madrid.
• Nani serves a one-game ban on matchday one following his red card in last season's round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF.
• In: Marouane Fellaini (Everton FC), Guillermo Varela (CA Peñarol).
• Out: Paul Scholes (retired), Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza, loan), Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic FC, loan).
• The international break saw 12 United players called up for senior duty: Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck (England), Patrice Evra (France), Nani (Portugal), Fellaini (Belgium), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Antonio Valencia (Ecuador), Shinji Kagawa (Japan) and Javier Hernández (Mexico).
• Van Persie scored three in two games for the Dutch, including both in the win in Andorra that sealed FIFA World Cup qualification.
• Wayne Rooney was initially called up by England but was ruled out after suffering a gash to his head in training.
• Rooney, wearing a headband to protect the severe gash on his forehead, scored his first goal of the season direct from a free-kick as United beat Crystal Palace AFC 2-0 on Saturday. It was Moyes's first win at Old Trafford in 12 attempts (10 as Everton manager). Fellaini made his debut for the English champions.
• Moyes matched Sir Alex's record of one win, one draw and one defeat from his opening three league matches but Saturday's victory improved on his predecessor's fourth-game loss.
• Van Persie topped the Premier league scoring charts for the second successive year last season, following up his 30 goals for Arsenal FC in 2011/12 with 26 last term. It is the first time a player has been top scorer in consecutive seasons since Thierry Henry topped the charts from 2003/04 to 2005/06.
• Welbeck hit just one league goal last season but doubled that tally in the first game of the new campaign, scoring twice in the 4-1 win at Swansea City AFC.
UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Leverkusen have scored 96 UEFA Champions League goals, group stage to final.
• In: Andrés Palop (Sevilla FC), Emir Spahić (Sevilla FC), Kostas Stafylidis (PAOK FC), Giulio Donati (FC Internazionale Milano), Emre Can (FC Bayern München), Roberto Hilbert (Beşiktaş JK), Levin Mete Öztunali (Hamburger SV), Son Heung-Min (Hamburger SV), Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895), Eren Derdiyok (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, loan).
• Out: Michael Rensing (Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895), Daniel Schwaab (VfB Stuttgart), Manuel Friedrich (released), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid CF), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahçe SK), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha BSC Berlin), Christoph Kramer (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, loan), Karim Bellarabi (TSV Eintracht Braunschweig, loan), André Schürrle (Chelsea FC), Arkadiusz Milik (FC Augsburg, loan), Kolja Pusch (Chemnitzer FC), Junior Fernándes (GNK Dinamo Zagreb, loan), Nicolai Jørgensen (FC København).
• Seven Leverkusen players were called up for senior duty during the international break: Lars Bender, Sidney Sam (Germany), Robbie Kruse (Australia), Son Heung-Min (South Korea), Sebastian Boenisch (Poland), Emir Spahić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Ömer Toprak (Turkey).
• Bender joined up with the Germany team but did not play in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying wins against Austria and the Faroe Islands due to a muscle injury.
• Son scored two goals for South Korea in a 4-1 friendly win against Haiti on 6 September.
• Stefan Kiessling struck two second-half goals as Leverkusen beat ten-man VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 on Saturday. Kiessling is the highest scorer in the Bundesliga in 2013 with 17 goals.
• Before losing 2-0 at FC Schalke 04 on 31 August, Leverkusen had won their first three games, their best start in ten years. The defeat brought to an end a club record run of eight consecutive Bundesliga wins.
• Dominik Kohr (knee) and Niklas Lomb (ankle) were both injured on 6 August in training and are ruled out of matchday one.
• On 26 July Leverkusen announced that last season's 26-goal Bundesliga top scorer Kiessling had extended his contract until 2017.
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