Louis van Gaal: Manchester United’s opening day Swansea defeat was a shock

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s 2-1 loss against Swansea City at the start of the season came as a shock to Louis van Gaal as the team had been playing well during a successful pre-season tour of the United States.

Van Gaal’s side had beaten the likes of Roma, Real Madrid and Liverpool during the tour but suffered defeat at the hands of Swansea in the Dutchman’s first competitive game in charge.

Wayne Rooney had cancelled out Ki Sung-yueng’s opener but Gylfi Sigurdsson netted a winner in the 72nd minute for what was Man United’s first loss on the opening day of the league season since 1972.

Van Gaal believes his players have learned a lot from the match and that they now understand how he wants them to play.

Speaking about the defeat, van Gaal said: ”We came from the US, we had won everything so that was a big shock at that moment. After that we lost a lot of points in spite of us being the better team but we couldn’t score enough.

“I think that match had a big influence and now I believe that every player know the philosophy of me and my staff.

“Everyone wants to follow that philosophy and you can see the unbelievable spirit in the team.”

Swansea made a good start to the season but have dropped off in recent months. They are currently ninth in the Premier League table with 34 points.

United have been given a boost ahead of the game as van Gaal confirmed Robin van Persie and Phil Jones are both fit to play against Garry Monk’s side.

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