Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United – Five lessons we learned

by Sam Peoples

The perfect start for David Moyes. A trip away to Swansea was never going to be the easiest start for David Moyes especially on such a wet day. Expectedly, tackles flew in from the first minute and Phil Dowd lashed out yellow cards for fun.

As expected, Swansea came out of the blocks firing. For the first 30 minutes, United were forced to soak up the pressure until a hail mary pass from Ryan Giggs set Robin van Persie up to put United in the lead. Then, less than two minutes later, Welbeck got on the end of a Valencia square ball to put United 2-0 up.

Then, van Persie killed the game off in stunning fashion with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box before Welbeck added a delicious chipped finish at the death. 1-4 United.

Today was always going to be a tough game and the first half an hour proved that but Moyes Boyes soaked up the pressure and turned it on it’s head. What a perfect start to the season.

Robin van Persie continues where he left off. Today was the Dutchman’s 50th appearance for Manchester United and he marked it in emphatic fashion.

His first goal was stunning. You shouldn’t be able to finish like he did when the ball is above your head but he adjusted his body shape to acrobatically finish after bringing down a high pass from Ryan Giggs to put United in the lead.

And halfway through the second half, his goal was just as good as the first. He used Rooney’s run to open up space for himself and fired in an unstoppable shot into the top corner that Vorm had no chance of stopping.

In a game that was evenly matched in most areas of the pitch, van Persie was the difference for United. What a player.

Danny Welbeck. Danny has already surpassed his Premier League tally from last season with his goals today.

In the pre-season, Welbeck was one of the sharpest players. His confidence had returned and in situations where he would have previously passed, he shot. He continued that fine form into England’s game against Scotland and was rewarded with a goal.

His first goal today was a smart run and finish but his second was out of this world. It was arguably the goal of the game as he lofted the ball cheekily over Vorm’s head and nestled it right in the corner. Sublime finish.

This year, Welbeck is going to be a different beast entirely to the one we saw last year. I expect him to be more selfish when in goalscoring positions and can’t wait to see how many he can get over the year. Zup zup indeed.

Rooney is back in a United shirt. It was a sight that not many United fans expected to see again but Rooney came on in the  60th minute after fans had chanted his name.

And he put in a much better performance than his hour against England by laying on two assists. Given how little football he has played, that’s a great input.

His future is far from secure, we all know that, but all United fans would want Rooney to stay at Old Trafford. He is in the top ten strikers in the world and it is impossible to replace that sort of talent. Giving him to Chelsea would be shooting ourselves in the foot and we should be doing everything in our power to make sure he remains a United player.

Moyes’ decisiveness with substitutions. If there was one thing that I didn’t like about Ferguson, it was his inability to make substitutes when they were needed. Against Swansea, Moyes showed that he won’t befall the same fate.

He brought Rooney on after 60 minutes to give some much needed energy behind van Persie and with the game coming to a close, he brought on Anderson to give some fresh legs in the middle to stop Swansea’s surge.

United have always had one of the best squads in the league and so long as Moyes can use it as best as he can, we will have a great chance of retaining our title.

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