Date:Saturday August 17 2013
17th August 2013
A double from Robin Van Persie condemned Swansea City to an opening day 4-1 defeat to bManchester United.
Van Persie opened the scoring with a well-placed volley before Welbeck tapped in only seconds later. A thunderbolt from last season`s Premier League top scorer made it 3-0 before Bony grabbed a debut goal as a consolation. Danny Welbeck completed the rout with a cheeky lob in stoppage time.
Manager, Michael Laudrup, decided to leave record signing Wilfried Bony on the bench after the striker returned from international duty with the Ivory Coast. Meaning Michu starts last season where he ended it, up front. Two new signings were handed debuts with Jose Canas and Jonjo Shelvey staring in midfield with Leon Britton. Jordi Amat and Pozuelo also started amongst the substitutes along with the returning Pablo Hernandez.
The transfer talk out of Manchester United is that of Wayne Rooney and the England striker began this game on the bench. Having scored twice in the Community Shield Robin Van Persie led the line along with Danny Welbeck and 39 year-old Ryan Giggs.
As ever the Swans started brightly denying United a touch of the ball inside the first four minutes and caused the first problems of the game as a good cross from Shelvey had to be cleared by Rio
Ferdinand. But Vorm was the first of the goalkeepers to be tested as he had to stretch to tip a volley from Phil Jones over the bar.
Van Persie sent a tame header into the arms of Vorm before Ryan Giggs found himself one-on-one, but the United veteran tried to set up Welbeck and Rangel got a tackle in. Vorm again was called into action to parry a shot from Welbeck and Giggs shot wide from the rebound.
With just over nineteen minutes gone Swansea did have the ball in the net, a mistake by Jones allowed Routledge to burst forward but his attempt to find Dyer was called offside before Michu tucked the ball away, so the score remained level.
Having scored 18 league goals last season, Michu very nearly got off the mark as a defensive error allowed the Spaniard to get a shot in that was parried out by De Gea. From the resulting corner, Swansea`s talisman headed wide.
Despite being dominated, in terms of possession, United were first to go in front as Van Persie took advantage of Chico Flores getting out of position to volley home. And no sooner had the Swans conceded they were two behind as Valencia collected a Van Persie flick on to set up Welbeck to make it 2-0.
Laudrup knew he had to make changes and he introduced Wilfried Bony at the start of the second half along with Pablo Hernandez replacing Leon Britton and Wayne Routledge respectively.
Seven minutes after the break on Bony came close to setting up a goal as he cushioned Rangel`s cross into the path of Michu but De Gea came across to prod the ball away from his countryman.
Van Persie could have sealed the points for David Moyes` side on the hour mark as he got in behind Ashley Williams but, from the angle, sent his shot well wide. United nearly had three again as Evra`s header from Van Persie`s corner was headed off the line by Canas.
Rangel went close to pulling one back when he volleyed wide from a cross by Pablo Hernandez.
With twenty minutes to go Van Persie wrapped up the points as he got away from Williams and unleashed a pile-driver which Vorm could get nowhere near to.
Bony did have a chance of a consolation as he headed Shelvey`s cross wide when well placed in the penalty area. And only seconds later he managed a debut goal as he collected a nice pass from Hernandez to slot past David De Gea.
Despite a late push from the home side United put them to the sword as Danny Welbeck collected
Rooney`s pass to score United`s fourth.
A dream start for David Moyes as he took three points and three goals from his first game in charge as Swansea`s opening day woes return.
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Date:Saturday August 17 2013
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