The Saturday fixture of Manchester United vs Swansea City was a battle between two Portuguese bosses who are known for their entertaining press conferences. In the end, there was no upset in this game as the favorites won it fair and square.
Let us start with a look at what happened in the match.
Manchester United vs Swansea City – Main events:
Home lineup : David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata (Scott McTominay, 90’+1′), Jesse Lingard (Ander Herrera, 76′), Alexis Sanchez (Marcus Rashford, 76′); Romelu Lukaku.
Away lineup : Lukasz Fabianski; Kyle Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Frederico Fernandez, Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson; Andy King, Ki Sung-Yeung (Tom Carroll, 46′), Sam Clucas (Wayne Routledge, 56′); Nathan Dyer (Tammy Abraham, 46′), Andre Ayew.
Goals: Lukaku (5′), Sanchez (20′).
Yellow cards: Billing (23′), Mata (27′),
Manchester United started the way brilliantly, with Lukaku capitalizing on a nicely worked out pass from Sanchez. It was 11th goal in last 15 matches for the Belgian, and he gave United a welcome lead very early in the game. Soon after, the Red Devils doubled the lead, thanks to another fantastic play from Alexis. The Chilean was in a good touch in the first half. This time, Lingard fed him a delicious ball through the legs of a Swansea defender, and the Chilean made no mistake to slot the ball home from the edge of the box.
Throughout the first half, the home side enjoyed more of the possessions, and they were clearly the better side. It was an attacking United and that paid them off. The forwards linked well, and the midfielders were on top of the game to help maintain a 2-0 lead at the break.
Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal had to make two substitutions at the break to get something out of the game. Yet, the Manchester side created better opportunities in the beginning of the second half. Lukaku and Mata both missed chances from close range, while Sanchez and Lingard were constant threat as well.
At the stroke of an hour mark, Abraham was the first away player to trouble De Gea. The United custodian had to make two terrific saves from the first efforts of the visitors.
For the last part, it was mostly an end to end game where both teams got some chances, but never they were too close to hit the nets. Eventually, it ended in a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Manchester United vs Swansea Highlights:
Manchester United vs Swansea Statistics:
|Manchester United||Swansea City|
|Shots (on target)||11 (5)||3 (2)|
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