GK: Diego Lopez
Iker Casillas started the game in Istanbul against Galatasaray, but 11 minutes later the Spain international was taken off after colliding with Sergio Ramos. Diego Lopez, who has made the number one jersey his since January, was called upon and produced some outstanding saves, although there was nothing he could do about the one goal they conceded.
Remarkably efficient both in defence and attack, the Argentine proved once again that he is a vital part of City’s defence, as they demolished Viktoria Plzen 3-0, to win their first European game since 2010.
CB: Vincent Kompany
After making a quicker than expected recovery from groin injury, Kompany was called upon to marshall Manuel Pellegrini’s defence, as they repelled Viktoria’s initial attacks, before they went on to dominate and win.
CB: Nemanja Vidic
Alongside Rio Ferdinand, the Serb formed a rock solid partnership as United withstood Leverkusen’s shortlived comeback. David Moyes will be hoping to have him fit, with important games coming thick and fast.
LB: Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs is probably the most consistent left-back in England and perhaps Europe at this moment. Despite the fact that the Englishman had no recognised left winger in front of him to offer protection, he defended and attacked brilliantly and almost grabbed a goal from Ozil’s exquisite cut-back.
DM: Aaron Ramsey
Like Arsene Wenger said, Ramsey is arguably the best central midfielder in Europe at this moment. And what makes it special is that he is upstaging Ozil, who was supposed to be the main man in the middle. The Welshman scored a crucial second goal as Arsenal defeated Marseille.
DM: Marouane Fellaini
For someone who made the step up from Everton to Manchester United and playing in the Champions League for the first time, the man mountain didn’t look like a party crasher. Sitting comfortably beside Michael Carrick in midfield, the Belgian allowed Kagawa and Rooney run riot in attack.
Once again, against Galatasaray, the petite midfielder proved he is perhaps the best piece of business that Real Madrid made this summer, with another majestic performance. Apart from scoring the opener that silent those inside ‘hell’, he dictated the pace and direction of play neatly.
FW: Lionel Messi
Well, well, this Argentine magician can possibly become a permanent presence in the Champions League picks, just because of his sheer ability. 24 hours after Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick, the Barcelona forward effortlessly matched his rival’s feat against Ajax.
FW: Cristiano Ronaldo
In another time, Ronaldo would be the best player on the planet. But it isn’t so, in a world where a certain Lionel Messi lives. However, the twinkle-toed Portuguese was in sparkling form, as Madrid began their European quest with a commanding win in Turkey.
ST: Wayne Rooney
Wazza is back. After spending the summer glancing invitingly at Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, the England international has settled back into his day job at United and grabbed his 200th goal and an assistb against Bayer Leverkusen.