What a display from United, never once in the game it looked like Swansea were in it. Until half time it was Marcus Rashford who was a continuous threat upfront before Eric Bailly opened the scoring with a 45th minute shot into the nets. Swansea were resilient in defending and did very less to worry about in the first half of the game, the only scare was Bailly’s opener. But it was all sort of attack when United got into the last few minutes of the game. Rashford and Martial were the two brightest take-aways from the game as United extended winning run with the same dominant score line of 4-0. The win meant Red Devils will probably retain the top spot in the table. 

Jose Mourinho’s side has impressed all including the fans and pundits who see them as a strong contender to win the league and their game play today was sure an indication that they are not a side to be messed around with. The Reds will next play Leicester City on Saturday.

90+4 mins (Full time) : Manchester United 4- 0 Swansea – That’s it at the Liberty Stadium, to sum it up it was a thunderstorm by the Reds as they thumped their rivals in the last 15 minutes of the game. 2 games, 8 goals, 6 points brilliant start to the season for Mourinho and boys. 

90 mins:  4 minutes of extra time and 4 minutes of hope left for Swansea to get a consolation as United looking no nonsense team with solid display all around. Mourinho would be lauding his team after this win. 

88 mins: After defending so well in majority of the game, this is going to be a huge low for Swans who would have expected the difference to be much lesser. A 4-0 defeat in line is heart-breaking for that Swansea team.

84 mins: GOAL’ Anthony Martial, Swansea 0- 4 United, This is ridiculous as the Swans are getting suddenly thrashed in that United churner. Martial was brilliant from the minute he came on the pitch, he ran past Swansea defense to slot in Red Devil’s fourth goal of the game. Swansea are totally out of it now

82 mins: GOAL’ Paul Pogba, Swansea 0- 3 United, One more from the visitors, as Pogba steals the game away from Swansea who had no idea what just happened. Pogba found Miki who returned the favour back near the post and a running Fabianski was beaten by the French ace who put the ball past him with relative ease. 

80 mins: GOAL’ Romelu Lukaku, Swansea 0-2 United , just when everyone would have though it will be a no goal dhow today from the Belgian, he has bumped in with a probable winner in his very first away game for the club. Anthony Martial just proved yet again why he is an important jigsaw of the United attack with a brilliant ball for Lukaku who had decent space near the post and did no mistake with the finish.

77 mins: United testing the Swansea defense with regular assaults. This time though they lose the ball before playing around the Swans back line.

75 mins: Pogba puts the free kick wide off, Double change for United as Fellaini and Martial come in for Rashford and Mata.

70 mins: Fellaini, Martial set to drop in as Mourinho looks to bring in the lost pace back into play

68 mins: Micki could have had a shot at the net as Rashford finds the Armenian with a beautiful pass, but no chance as he puts it wide far the post

67 mins: Two substitutions for Swansea as Narsingh comes on for Mesa, and Routledge for Bartley.

66 mins: Ayew creates a cross for Abraham who has no idea about the ball, totally misjudges it as Swansea goes forward for a breakthrough.

62 mins: Henrikh Mkhitaryan bursts up in the scene, the Armenian tries one from distance, but his shot is far away from the goal reach as Fabianski watches it go away. 

58 mins:  Ayew and Abraham trying hard to get going as Eric Bailly does some good work on the back by clearing a dangerous cross by the Ghana forward.

55 mins: Manchester United continue being a threat near the goal line as Mourinho’s men look out for a second in succession. Matic creates a ball for Rashford who was late to reach as Fabianski holds on.

50 mins: Mata’s cross near the post is whipped Naughton clears the ball before any threat could have been build around

48 mins: Swansea run down the left, but Olsson’s ball is misplaced and it lobbles over the goal post

46 mins: We are back with football on the pitch again as United look more ready than ever to extend their goal lead further. 

Half Time: Manchester United 1- 0 Swansea, a decent first 45 minutes of football for the visitors as the rhythm from the game against Hammers at Old Trafford continues. Mourinho’s men have been brilliant up till now pressing hard at the Swansea back line. The tall game seems to be working for the Portuguese as the team looks bursting in set pieces creating scare for defenders. Swansea had done some good work in defense throughout the  44 mins but became easy just before half time letting United earn their first away goal of the season. Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville are also having a good time in the stands watching their former side play some great football at the Liberty stadium.

45 mins: GOAL’ Eric Bailly does the job after Fabianski denied Pogba’s strong header, does enough to slide the ball in and provide United the breakthrough. The goal was coming as a lot of headers had been into play, it was just that this one turned decisive. You can expect the second half to be more dominating as Mourinho can bring in Anthony Martial who will increase more chances for another goal.

43 mins:  Jose Mourinho’s men are looking dangerous as they continue to dominate position inside the Swansea half. Pogba tries to find Lukaku inside but Mawson drops in to avoid any chance there.

42 mins: Close there, very close for United as Fabianski avoids a corner kick from Micki but flaps inside the penalty area giving Mata some decent space to put that in but the Spaniard’s left foot shot just goes wide of goal.

38 mins: Free kick for Swansea, Bartley puts a great ball in from Mesa towards the nets but not enough pace to get the opener, safe bet for De gea there. Still goalless 

35 mins: Apart everything Rashford  should work on his finish as some nearly close chances are getting dashed away with United hounding Swansea for the opener.

33 mins: Rashford dazzling with pace again, clearly the best United player on pitch right now he is outshining Lukaku at the moment with his effective game play.

30 mins: Pogba almost had another yellow as the French trips Martin Olsson, wasn’t a rough deal there 

28 mins:  Rashford hits from distance, Fabianski had no problems in deflecting that one from the 20 year old

26 mins: Paul Pogba handed the first yellow card with a rough tackle against Swansea defender Caroll

24 mins: Mata, Matic trying hard to get some rhythm running but Swans defenders are keeping it very tight at the moment.

20 mins: Swansea defending tightly with Matic trying hard to create space for United’s attack to launch forward.

15 mins: Manchester United building the game as the midfield trio of Micki, Mata and Pogba go forward to create space but no goal in sight still.

12 mins: Lovely run from Marcus Rashford takes on two Swans defenders with brilliant pace before the ball gets displaced. The  English international is looking lethal already.

9 mins : Phil Jones hits the cross-bars,  a levy free kick from Mata, Jones comes forward to drive it in but finds bars, United. The game still goalless.

7 mins: Rashford misses,  tries a decent shot from the right side but throws it out-wide, free-kick for United.

4 mins: And United flow down on the other end, Lukaku looking dangerous but dashes it wide of goal, that could have been the first goal of the evening.

1 min: Swansea first side to bundle the attack against the Reds as they look  forward to a strong start at the Liberty stadium.

Manchester United kicked of their Premier League campaign in style with a 4-0 triumph over West Ham. Jose Mourinho and men will now be up against Swansea in their first away game of the season. United have already turned heads with brilliant pace and strength on the field, the Europa League winners have enhanced their squad depth with 3 new signings in form of Nemaja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindeolf.

Matic and Lukaku both had a brilliant debut at Old Trafford in the opening game, while the Belgian rock forward clinched two straight goals, the 28-year-old defensive former Chelsea midfielder was impressive with his foot against the Hammers.

The Reds will go into the game with a lot of confidence upfront as both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have so far played brilliant support to Lukaku and the Old Trafford outfit has emerged as one of the best attacking setup in the league.

Meanwhile Swansea will look forward to open their scoring account against united, this will be their first season under head coach Paul Clement.

Mourionho’s men will be wary of the threat Swansea posseses and will be up for a close fight when they take field against Clement’s passionate side.

Injury updates: No Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young for the Red Devils. For Swansea top striker Fernando Llorente will miss the game after breaking arm in a clash against Southampton. Midfielders Ki Sung-Yeung and Nathan Dyer are also sidelined with injuries

Squads:

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Baily, Jones, Blind, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: S romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard Martial

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Bartley, Mawson, Olsson, Roque Mesa, Fer, Carroll, Ayew, Abraham

Subs: Mordfeldt, Van der Hoorn, Narsingh, Routledge, Rangel, Fulton, Mc Burnie

 

 

First Published | 19 August 2017 5:14 PM
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