Swansea City 1 - 4 Manchester United

Match info: Premier League at The Liberty Stadium

Date: 17/08/2013 KO: 17:30 Ref: P Dowd Att: 20,733

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Wilfried Bony 82


Man Utd

Robin van Persie 34,72
Danny Welbeck 36,90+2

FT (ht: 0-2)

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  • The final whistle goes and Manchester United have run out convincing 4-1 winners at Swansea to get their title defence off to a perfect start and give David Moyes victory in his first Premier League game in charge.

  • GOAL! Welbeck adds a sumptuous fourth for Man Utd as he exquisitely chips Vorm from inside the area after being released by a clever pass from Rooney.

  • Man Utd appear happy for the clock to tick down as they take their time over a free-kick in midfield and then just casually pass it around at the back.

  • There will be no opening-day hat-trick for Van Persie but he gets a deserved round of applause from the fans as he goes off to be replaced by Anderson for the closing stages.

  • The crowd seem to believe an unlikely comeback is possible and are roaring Swansea forward, but Bony concedes a free-kick for a foul to relieve the pressure.

  • GOAL! Bony makes amends for his miss just a minute earlier with a composed finish into the bottom corner from 12 yards after great play by Hernandez, who had won possession just outside the area and then shown the composure to play in his team-mate.

  • Swansea have perhaps their best chance of the whole game as an unmarked Bony is picked out by Michu's cross, but he heads wide.

  • Evra is flagged offside following good link-up play with Van Persie as Man Utd go in search of a fourth goal.

  • Swansea will keep fighting until the end and Davies sends over another decent cross, but United have defended well all game and again deal with the threat.

  • Canas makes way for Ki as Laudrup makes his third and final change of the afternoon.

  • Swansea have certainly not been outplayed in general terms here but there has been a gulf in the class of the finishing and it is Van Persie's brilliance which separates the sides.

  • GOAL! Robin van Persie makes it 3-0 to Manchester United with another stunning strike. Picking up possession 30 yards from goal, he steps away from a couple of defenders before unleashing an unstoppable piledriver into the top corner from just outside the area. Fantastic goal.

  • Rangel is really showing a willingness to get forward and has another shot at goal with a volley from inside the area after good work by Hernandez. It is a well-struck effort but fizzes wide of the far post.

  • Evra comes close to extending Man Utd's lead with a header from a corner which beats Vorm but is cleared off the line by Canas.

  • Rangel tries his luck with a volley from distance that is sliced way off target. Swansea are looking slightly devoid of ideas at present.

  • Man Utd launch a dangerous break but Rooney shows signs of rust as he fails to hold his run and is caught offside as the ball is played through for him by Welbeck.

  • Man Utd win a free-kick inside the Swansea half but it is a poor delivery from Cleverley and sails straight out of play.

  • Swansea are struggling to create clear openings but they are applying some serious pressure at the moment and that is why Moyes may have turned to Rooney, to provide United with another attacking outlet.

  • There have been times this summer where it looked like Rooney might never play for Manchester United again, but he is on now for the final half hour in place of Giggs.

  • Van Persie has an opportunity from nowhere to surge into the box as Swansea's defenders leave him in oceans of space, but he surprisingly spurns the chance by slicing an effort wide with the outside of his boot.


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