Rooney hat-trick seals the deal for LVG
Louis van Gaal nailed down the first part of his job description and returned Manchester United to the Champions' League group phase with a big away win (4-0) against Club Brugge.
But the Dutchman will be even more pleased by the fact that Wayne Rooney ended an 870-minute goal drought in the most emphatic way possible with a hat-trick sparked by a growing partnership with new boy Memphis Depay.
The win over Club Brugge gives United a place in today's draw for the lucrative group phase which will guarantee that Old Trafford's coffers will swell by well over £20m. However, the scale of the task in front of Van Gaal to return the Red Devils to their perch at the top of the Premier League became even more clear last night when reports in Germany claimed that Manchester City have agreed a £57m deal with Wolfsburg for Kevin de Bruyne.
With the clock ticking down fast on the transfer window and the recent disappointment over Chelsea's hijacking of Pedro, Manchester United fans and Van Gaal's rivals will be watching closely over the next few days for a big move in the market.