Moyes: Best still to come from United
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David Moyes said Manchester United’s best is still to come and urged them to repeat their performance in the 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen more often.
United recorded their biggest victory under the Scot as they clinched qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League in Germany.
And Moyes urged his players to meet the same standards regularly, rather than making it a one-off.
He said in his post-match news conference: "It was a great result for us, but the best days are still to come. And there will be even better days to come. We played well and won well with some outstanding performances.
"To come to Germany and win 5-0, they have got a great record here Leverkusen, so that puts it in perspective as well. That is the most pleasing aspect: coming away from home, scoring five goals in what is renowned as a difficult place to come.
"The goals will take the headlines, but we had to defend and getting a clean sheet is as pleasing. The whole team performance: it's the best we have played. This kind of performance is something I want to do regularly, not now and then."
United cruised to victory in Leverkusen even without the injured trio of Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie.
In the absence of the Dutchman, Wayne Rooney operated as the main striker and continued his fine form.
But manager Moyes said there may come a time when he needs to rest the Englishman.
He added: "I remember saying at the start of season that, if we had an injury to Robin, Wayne might need to play up front.
"He doesn't need a rest just now, but I'll be watching for any signs I think he does, which is why we need people in form with everyone fit. If the opportunity comes, I'll make sure I keep him as fresh as I can.
"Everyone knows he's one of those who's better playing, but I don't want to find myself losing him for five or six games this season."