Saturday August 17, 2013 Day 1 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 1 - 4 Manchester United

  • Bony 82’
  • van Persie 34’, 72’
  • Welbeck 36’, 90’

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  1. Premier League - Van Persie and Welbeck give United opening win

    Premier League - Van Persie and Welbeck give United opening win

    Braces from Robin van Persie and Daniel Welbeck helped Manchester United go top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win at Swansea. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Manchester United
    • 90+4 There's the whistle, United win 4-1. Crisis? What crisis?
    • 90+3 Cesc who? United have been superb after an iffy start. Remember how good Swansea are. Ominous.
    • 90+2 WHAT A GOAL FROM WELBECK! He doubles last season's goal tally in his first match this term, a glorious lob sealing the win. What a strike, superb pass from Rooney to assist.
    • 90+1 Bit of confusion in the United defence but Vidic and De Gea manage to get it clear between them.
    • 90' Four minutes injury time being played.
    • 88' Shelvey swings in the corner but De Gea punches strong and clear.
    • 87' Corner to the Swans on the left as Pablo shows good skill.
    • 86' UNITED SUB: Anderson does enter the play as Van Persie strolls off.
    • 85' The home fans are urging their side on - they sense a comeback, although surely it's too much of an ask at this stage. Anderson is getting ready to come on...
    • 84' United break but Rooney's cross is blocked and Vorm gathers. Pablo picked up a knock but he lives.
    • 83' Carrick with a hurried clearance to touch. Surely United won't fall apart here?
    • 82' GOAL SWANSEA! Bony on his debut, a consolation but nice for him to get off the mark. Cute low finish after Welbeck and Cleverley dithered on the edge of the box. Pablo assisting.
    • 80' STAT: Robin van Persie’s two goals today take him to 124 and moves him to 12th in the PL all-time scorers’ list – surpassing Nicolas Anelka, Dwight Yorke and Jermain Defoe (123).
    • 79' Jones with a vital leap in front of Bony, to put off the Ivorian as he rose unmarked at the far post!
    • 77' SWANSEA SUB: Canas comes off for Ki. Decent performance from Canas.
    • 76' Michu with an effort but deflected and easy for De Gea. This would put United top, by the way, for what it's worth.
    • 75' Van Persie's cross almost falls to Evra but he can't connect properly.
    • 73' STAT: David Moyes is unbeaten in his previous managerial meetings against Swansea in the PL (3 wins, 1 draw).
    • 72' GOAL UNITED! Amazing finish from Van Persie, who hammers it into the roof of the net after making space with the help of decoy runs from Rooney and Welbeck. Masterful.
    • 71' Canas is caught by Van Persie, with the Spaniard rolling about for effect. No card.
    • 70' Shelvey almost sends Michu clean through but intercepted. Now Pablo swings over a fine cross that Rangel meets with a superb volley but just over, with Shelvey flying in!
    • 69' OFF THE LINE BY CANAS! Evra with the header, despite being one of the smaller defenders out there, but the debutant makes a vital interception!
    • 68' Corner United. Everyone comes up for it as the visitors sense an ending...
    • 66' Hernandez with a dangerous-looking cross but Evra spots the angle, ordering Vidic to leave it as the ball flies wide.
    • 65' Rooney inexplicably strays offside as Welbeck led a three-on-two charge. Close, but not good.
    • 64' Swansea's better second half has seen them overtake United in number of chances (10-9). But United are stepping back, deliberately.
    • 63' STAT: Swansea failed to win a PL home match against a traditional Big Four team last season, with three draws and a defeat.
    • 62' Swansea are putting a lot more pressure on United now, but as a couple of efforts flash wide the likes of Rio and Vidic look calm and collected.
    • 61' UNITED SUB: Rooney comes on. You know, the tubby little fella who thinks he's amazing.
    • 60' JUST WIDE FROM VAN PERSIE! He took it down on the right wing knocked it past Williams with a header and flicked out a left boot to spin the finish past Vorm but wide of the back post. Would have been a stunning goal.
    • 59' Rangel is shut out brilliantly by Vidic as he tried to reach the ball at the far post. Vidic has been excellent today.
    • 58' Not sure if that was a shot or a cross by Dyer but it lands high and wide of the far post.
    • 57' Davies now with the centre from the left but De Gea claims it easily. His kick, however, is poor, having taken that whack on the knee earlier.
    • 56' Shelvey with a super ball to Rangel, who plays a first-time cross at Dyer but Vidic gets a touch on it.
    • 55' Decent cross from Rangel but Bony commits a foul. Some more spray on the knee of De Gea.
    • 54' Corner Swansea, but not before De Gea is treated after colliding with Michu. Lindegaard warms up in case, as does Rooney.
    • 54' Rangel with a cross that Bony meets with a super cushioned header for Michu, but it's a touch too wide for the Spaniard, who is beaten to it by compatriot De Gea.
    • 53' STAT: Man Utd have never gone on to lose a Premier League match having held a 2-goal lead (or more) at half-time – 129 wins, 3 draws. (INFOSTRADA)
    • 52' United field that corner well enough and it's back to the drawing board for the Swans.
    • 51' Swansea are launching attacks at will now but United have a lot of bodies back and aren't letting them into the penalty area. A low ball from Rangel is hooked behind by Carrick for a corner.
    • 50' Long-range effort from Michu which De Gea can't hold on to, but he reaches the loose ball ahead of Bony.
    • 49' Fine pass from Pablo to Michu, but a poor pass follows, nowhere near Bony. Dyer has it though, and it's worked wide left to Davies, whose cross is mis-kicked well wide by Bony, under pressure though.
    • 48' Michu scythes down Carrick but no action from Dowd. United toy with knocking it out but Carrick is fine so they play on.
    • 47' United on the attack as Van Persie slids it wide to Evra, their turn to look at a possession game.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - SWANSEA SUBS: As I predicted, Bony comes on at half time. Pablo too, with Routledge and Britton making way.
    • - So, after all the fuss about United's pre-season, they lead 2-0 as RvP and Welbeck find the net. That doesn't tell the full story - Swansea have had lots of possession, although have lacked a cutting edge. Have your say on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 45+2 Half-time and it's United leading 2-0. Pressure? What pressure.
    • 45+1 Shelvey's free-kick is aimed for a flying Williams but Jones gets it clear. One more minute added to this one.
    • 45' Welbeck gives it away to Rangel, who is taken out by Cleverley. Reckless and the England midfielder is booked.
    • 44' Chico hits one from a long way out and that is never testing De Gea.
    • 43' STAT: Danny Welbeck, who only managed one Prem goal last season, scores his 20th English Lge career goal on his 100th English Lge career appearance. (infostrada)
    • 42' Giggs lofts one wide for Jones, who takes it well. Now Carrick bursts into the box but he loses control of the ball and Swansea clear.
    • 40' Carrick slips as he makes a challenge, which sees him end up studding Routledge. Unfortunate booking given he slipped on the wet turf.
    • 39' Dowd stops play to calm things down after a few biting tackles.
    • 38' Rangel buys a corner off Vidic as Swansea look to bounce back from that double blow.
    • 37' Deary me. Swansea had looked the sharper but when you have Van Persie in your side that pretty much means nothing. Can see Bony coming on at half-time...
    • 36' GOAL UNITED! 2-0 AND IT'S WELBECK! A tap-in from a Valencia cross after Van Persie caused all kinds of problems with his movement in the box.
    • 35' Swansea, by the way, have had 60% possession so far. But they do not have Robin van Persie.
    • 34' GOAL UNITED! VAN PERSIE! He only needs a sniff, and after being played onside by Rangel, he takes the ball on the chest, which is a poor touch, but he readjusts to smack a bicycle kick past Vorm! What a finish!
    • 33' Dyer collides with De Gea as they go for a 50-50 but the keeper, obviously, comes out on top. Bit of a mismatch that.
    • 32' More progressive play from Swansea as they continue to probe away. United in a bit of a lull now...
    • 31' Shelvey to hit this from the right, a cross one assumes although he could try to blast it on goal... Great ball in the end but it shaves the head of Williams to fly out for a throw!
    • 30' Eventually Michu touches it to Britton, but Vidic rushes to block the shot. Swansea do have a free-kick though as Routledge is brought down by Evra.
    • 29' Britton restarts things and now Shelvey brings the ball forward before sliding it wide to Davies. Keep-ball now...
    • 28' Nice football from Swansea now, short crisp passing on the right but the move breaks down.
    • 27' Welbeck with a burst down the left, leaving Chico for dead, but the United man can't get through and Swansea have it back.
    • 25' STAT: Man United and Chelsea have won the most opening weekend matches in PL history (13). (infostrada)
    • 24' STAT: Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey and Man Utd’s Danny Welbeck are both making their 100th English Lge appearance today (infostrada)
    • 23' From the corner Michu flies in with an angled header but it bounces a yard or two wide of the far post!
    • 22' Britton with a fine interception to release Routledge, now Shelvey with a cool ball wide to the continuing Routledge, decent cross from him but over Michu's head! United fail to clear, Evra and Rio caught ball-watching, and Michu takes it down to fire a crisp shot on goal that De Gea tips behind!!
    • 21' Van Persie with a half-chance but his weaker right sends it off target.
    • 20' Seriously, did you really think that the "Giggs is 83" was anything other than a gentle joke at the expense of grandad's age? Tsk tsk, whatever next - folk thinking David Luiz's hair is for real? (See what I did there?)
    • 19' Swansea have the ball in the back of the net but the flag was long up after De Gea parried a long-range shot. Michu was offside.
    • 18' JUST WIDE FROM GIGGS! Welbeck's initial shot was palmed clear by Vorm, with the loose ball dropping for Giggs who blasted it first-time but across goal and wide with the outside of his boot. Not bad for an 83-year-old.
    • 17' Shelvey on the right, he does well to hold the ball up, Swansea get their tiki-taka going until Cleverley commits a foul. Quick ball by Shelvey but Rio is alert to it and clears.
    • 16' CHANCE UNITED! The Swansea defence parts after errors from Chico and then Williams, Giggs is through, this could be the opener but Rangel does really well to get back and across to challenge! Giggs could have played it earlier to Welbeck but he won't have seen Rangel coming!
    • 15' Fine cross by Evra that Van Persie meets after escaping Williams' attentions, but he directs the header too close to Vorm.
    • 14' Low cross from Dyer but easy for De Gea at the near post. Rangel created that opportunity with a driving run from the back. Cookie - call him up! He must be eligible for Wales by now...
    • 13' I have to say Phil Dowd's weight loss is visible. He's not quite a Giggs-style lean yogi, but he's looking lighter and sharper than when he incurred the wrath of Fergie.
    • 12' Chico with an inch-perfect challenge on Welbeck, who lies crumpled in a heap. It was cleaner than Welbeck's on Canas earlier, so the United man can have no complaints!
    • 11' Lovely play initially as Dyer steps over the ball but it's cleared by Michu. Swansea at their best on a free-flowing counter.
    • 10' Fine passing play by Swansea but Shelvey's lofted ball is just beyond Michu. Decent start by Swansea!
    • 9' Valencia clatters into Canas, who is appeased by the booking that follows.
    • 8' Rangel trips Welbeck on the United left and it's a free-kick to the visitors. Giggs stands over it... it goes all the way across to Jones on the right AND HE SMACKS A HALF-VOLLEY THAT VORM TIPS OVER! Fine strike, fine save!
    • 7' Risky backpass by Jones under pressure from Routledge, Michu closes down De Gea and blocks the clearance, but it ricochets behind for a goal kick. Lucky escape!
    • 6' That strange passage of play came to nothing in the end. It's very wet today.
    • 5' Shelvey pops up on the right to swing in a decent cross that is nodded away for a corner. Swansea keep the ball after the corner is cleared, while Jones is down holding his head but the ref waves play on! Eventually the ball is out. Jones was a bit reckless anyway, trying to head a ball at ankle height.
    • 4' Welbeck catches Canas but Dowd waves play on - Canas is FURIOUS. Looked a foul to me!
    • 3' Both these sides favour possession, but Jones plays Cleverley into trouble - he is caught by Canas, who is booked. Welcome to England, Jose.
    • 2' Swansea with plenty of touches early on as Shelvey roams with intent in the middle of the park.
    • 1' The first half is underway! Swansea kick off against the champions.
    • 17:29 A few predictions coming my way on Twitter (@Reda_Eurosport)... Keep it up!
    • 17:27 By the way, Swansea's big new signing Wilfried Bony is on the bench. Surprising, but he may be lacking match fitness or picked up a knock. Instead Shelvey supports Michu, the lone striker. De Guzman also misses out for Swansea, meaning Leon Britton plays alongside new signing Jose Canas in midfield.
    • 17:26 STAT: Ryan Giggs will play in all 22 Premier League seasons. This will be his 621st Premier League match, most of all players. (infostrada)
    • 17:25 Is Moyes really under pressure already? Will Rooney come off the bench to win it for United? Can Swansea improve on last season? Have your say on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 17:20 Match odds today: Swansea 3/1, draw 5/2, Man Utd 21/20
    • 17:15 United have dropped just two points against Swansea in the top flight since the Welsh side came up two years ago. David Moyes will be hoping that there are no points dropped today - he's already having a tough time as Red Devils boss after some very poor transfer market work so far.
    • 17:10 Despite being United's best player in pre-season, Wilfried Zaha starts on the bench for the champions. The evergreen Giggs, who turned 83 on Tuesday, dusts off his zimmer frame to take his place in the starting line-up.
    • 17:05 TEAMS - Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Canas; Dyer, Shelvey, Routledge; Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Pozuelo, Pablo H, Bony. //// Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Giggs, Vidic, Carrick, Welbeck, Van Persie, Cleverley, Valencia. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Smalling, Zaha, Fabio, Kagawa, Rooney.
    • 17:00 Wayne Rooney starts on the bench for the clash in South Wales, despite having started for England during the week.
    • 16:55 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United's season-opener against Swansea City.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 WHAT A GOAL FROM WELBECK! He doubles last season's goal tally in his first match this term, a glorious lob sealing the win. What a strike, superb pass from Rooney to assist.
    • 82' GOAL SWANSEA! Bony on his debut, a consolation but nice for him to get off the mark. Cute low finish after Welbeck and Cleverley dithered on the edge of the box. Pablo assisting.
    • 79' Jones with a vital leap in front of Bony, to put off the Ivorian as he rose unmarked at the far post!
    • 72' GOAL UNITED! Amazing finish from Van Persie, who hammers it into the roof of the net after making space with the help of decoy runs from Rooney and Welbeck. Masterful.
    • 70' Shelvey almost sends Michu clean through but intercepted. Now Pablo swings over a fine cross that Rangel meets with a superb volley but just over, with Shelvey flying in!
    • 69' OFF THE LINE BY CANAS! Evra with the header, despite being one of the smaller defenders out there, but the debutant makes a vital interception!
    • 60' JUST WIDE FROM VAN PERSIE! He took it down on the right wing knocked it past Williams with a header and flicked out a left boot to spin the finish past Vorm but wide of the back post. Would have been a stunning goal.
    • 54' Rangel with a cross that Bony meets with a super cushioned header for Michu, but it's a touch too wide for the Spaniard, who is beaten to it by compatriot De Gea.
    • 45' Welbeck gives it away to Rangel, who is taken out by Cleverley. Reckless and the England midfielder is booked.
    • 40' Carrick slips as he makes a challenge, which sees him end up studding Routledge. Unfortunate booking given he slipped on the wet turf.
    • 36' GOAL UNITED! 2-0 AND IT'S WELBECK! A tap-in from a Valencia cross after Van Persie caused all kinds of problems with his movement in the box.
    • 34' GOAL UNITED! VAN PERSIE! He only needs a sniff, and after being played onside by Rangel, he takes the ball on the chest, which is a poor touch, but he readjusts to smack a bicycle kick past Vorm! What a finish!
    • 23' From the corner Michu flies in with an angled header but it bounces a yard or two wide of the far post!
    • 22' Britton with a fine interception to release Routledge, now Shelvey with a cool ball wide to the continuing Routledge, decent cross from him but over Michu's head! United fail to clear, Evra and Rio caught ball-watching, and Michu takes it down to fire a crisp shot on goal that De Gea tips behind!!
    • 18' JUST WIDE FROM GIGGS! Welbeck's initial shot was palmed clear by Vorm, with the loose ball dropping for Giggs who blasted it first-time but across goal and wide with the outside of his boot. Not bad for an 83-year-old.
    • 16' CHANCE UNITED! The Swansea defence parts after errors from Chico and then Williams, Giggs is through, this could be the opener but Rangel does really well to get back and across to challenge! Giggs could have played it earlier to Welbeck but he won't have seen Rangel coming!
    • 9' Valencia clatters into Canas, who is appeased by the booking that follows.
    • 8' Rangel trips Welbeck on the United left and it's a free-kick to the visitors. Giggs stands over it... it goes all the way across to Jones on the right AND HE SMACKS A HALF-VOLLEY THAT VORM TIPS OVER! Fine strike, fine save!
    • 7' Risky backpass by Jones under pressure from Routledge, Michu closes down De Gea and blocks the clearance, but it ricochets behind for a goal kick. Lucky escape!
    • 3' Both these sides favour possession, but Jones plays Cleverley into trouble - he is caught by Canas, who is booked. Welcome to England, Jose.
    • 17:05 TEAMS - Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Canas; Dyer, Shelvey, Routledge; Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Pozuelo, Pablo H, Bony. //// Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Giggs, Vidic, Carrick, Welbeck, Van Persie, Cleverley, Valencia. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Smalling, Zaha, Fabio, Kagawa, Rooney.

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