Match Report : Premier League opener – Man Utd 1 – 2 Swansea City


The story is unchanged  for Man Utd as they succumbed to defeat in their first premier league campaign this season

Gary Monk, in his first full season in charge, must be happy at the moment as Swansea starts atop the premier league. Manchester United, on the contrary, despite winning six games on a trot under the stewardship of new boss, fails to start the new season with flying colors.

Jefferson Montero, one of the most important new recruits for the Swans, started the match on the bench but Monk depended on another new signing, ex-gunner Lukasz Fabianski, at the goal and he proved to be brilliant. Louis Van Gaal, at the other end, had to make a lot of adjustments to the starting eleven because of a few injuries. With Johnny Evans, Rafael and Luke Shaw missing, the Dutchman relied on Blackett as one of the center-backs while Ashley Young and Lingard were handed the roles of the wingbacks.

The Red Devils got the first blow of the day when Lingard had to be substituted after picking up an injury off an Ashley Williams tackle. United’s new number 11 Adnan Januzaj came in as the new right wing-back at the 24th minute and only four minutes after the substitution, Swansea’s South Korean midfielder Ki Sung Yueng, thanks to a pass from their new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, scored the first goal of this year’s premier league with a brilliant left-footed strike from just outside of the box.

Though United enjoyed more than sixty percent possession, they could not find the net in the first half and Van Gaal had to adjust his frontline options in the break. He brought in Nani in place of an out-of-sort Chicharito to break the deadlock.

But, it was the new captain who put the Reds in level at the 53rd minute. Phil Jones flicked on a corner from Mata and Rooney, with a stunning back-volley, scored the first goal for United. Soon after, he almost scored a second from a freekick but this time, the effort hit the post.

Manchester United kept on attacking with Rooney, Herrera, Mata, Januzaj all trying hard to put their team in front. Herrera, especially, marked his debut with some impressive passes in the middle but it was the other debutant who proved to be crucial in the end.

Swansea’s summer signing Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero came on at the 66th minute and he was the architect of the Swans’ second goal. From left wing, Montero started a move that eventually landed on an unmarked Sigurdsson in the box and the ex-Spurs midfielder did not make any mistake to put Swansea back in front, with only eighteen minutes left.

The rest of the match was all about holding on to the lead for the Swans and in spite of several attacks, Manchester United failed to pick up any point from the first match of the season. The final score remained 1-2 and Swansea City fans were ecstatic to see their team win a league match in Old Trafford for the first time.

Louis Van Gaal’s brilliance has failed to mark a special beginning for the Reds. The coach later admitted that the team could not reach the level they are able to and said, “I think we could not play as a team….we were nervous…and this is a pity that we lost our first home game.”

In spite of new coach and new captain, Manchester United starts the season as losing side and only time could tell whether they can bounce back soon.