Swansea City vs. Manchester United
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017
Kick-off: 12:30 BST
Manchester United secured another 4-0 victory in the Premier League with a rout against Swansea City in South Wales.
Eric Bailly scored his first United goal in the stroke of half-time before a second half blitz saw a further three goals netted within four minutes of each other.
Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial added to their season tallies late on after also grabbing last weekend in a comfortable win in the end for the visitors.
Making the most of a fortunate ricochet, Jordan Ayew raced clear before his outside of the boot cross struck the underside of the crossbar, as Lukaku sliced wide at the other end after a swift counter-attack.
Drifting inside onto his favoured right foot, Marcus Rashford dragged an effort wide and it was Phil Jones’ turn to hit the bar, as his glanced header from Juan Mata’s free-kick was thwarted by the woodwork.
Lukaku brought down Pogba’s dinked pass and saw a shot blocked on the turn as Martin Olsson’s acrobatic cross was held by David De Gea.
Showing signs of frustration, Rashford’s attempt from range was easily held before Pogba’s equally highlighted frustration saw him fortunate to escape a second yellow.
As Swansea came in terms with proceedings, Kyle Bartley’s header fell wide from an inswinging corner, and Rashford’s attempted chip was held by Lukasz Fabianski after Alfie Mawson’s miscued header.
Mata poked wide after Fabianski failed to claim a cross before the deadlock was broken just before the break.
Daley Blind’s outswinging corner was met by Pogba’s head with the ball turned onto the bar, but Bailly reacted quickest to make sure the ball crossed the line.
Rashford saw another shot held after the interval before Leroy Fer was high with his weaker foot shot at the other end.
On-loan from Chelsea, Tammy Abraham headed over from a promising position as Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s shot deflected wide.
Mkhitaryan was off target again, Federico Fernandez saw a header deflect over from a dangerous corner before a second corner evaded everybody.
Blind rocketed over but was fouled in the process by fellow countryman Fer who saw yellow as a result, to which Pogba curled just over with the free-kick.
Substitute Martial saw a shot blocked before the lead was doubled moments later.
Mkhitaryan found Lukaku in space inside the penalty area, and the Belgian composed himself to finish expertly.
If that wasn’t enough, it was three shortly after, as Pogba won back the ball and set Mkhitaryan free on the right who returned the favour, slipping a pass through to the Frenchman, who produced an exquisite chip over the onrushing Fabianski.
Looking to match last weekend’s scoreline against West Ham, a three-on-two situation allowed Pogba to find Martial, whose confidence from bagging last week showed as he took control to authoritatively slot home a finish into the bottom corner.
Ayew flashed wide late on but full-time in Wales brought to an end a second consecutive 4-0 victory to begin the new campaign with for United.
Without being put under too much pressure, the 1-0 scoreline was always nervy heading into the final 10 minutes.
However, a breathtaking five minute spell where United burst into life sealed the match, with smart finishes that were pleasing on the eye.
Next Saturday sees Leicester City visit Old Trafford in a 5:30pm kick-off where Jose Mourinho’s side will look to continue their promising start to the season.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mata (Fellaini 74), Mkhitaryan (Herrera 84), Rashford (Martial 74); Lukaku.
Subs not used: Romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Lingard.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Swansea City: Fabianski; Fernandez, Bartley (Routledge 67), Mawson; Naughton, Fer, Mesa (Narsingh 67), Carroll, Olsson; Abraham (McBurnie 82), Ayew.
Subs not used: Nordfelt, van der Hoorn, Rangel, Fulton.
Manager: Paul Clement