Swansea City vs. Manchester United
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Date: Sunday, 6 November 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Manchester United secured a 3-1 away victory at Swansea City to end their recent woes in front of goal after a five hour goal drought in the Premier League.
A scintillating first half display saw Paul Pogba score one of the goals of the season, as Ibrahimovic ended his personal drought with a brace.
The Swans consolation came courtesy of Mike van der Hoorn midway through the second half, but United head into the international break on the back of an impressive victory.
As early as the second minute, Wayne Rooney curled wide inside the penalty area in an attempt to add to his midweek strike.
The opening goal came in spectacular fashion, as a poor headed clearance allowed Pogba to volley in right-footed into the top corner to give the visitors a deserved lead.
It was Marouane Fellaini, looking to score United’s second volley, who fired wide from Matteo Darmian’s cross, but the lead was doubled moments later.
Rooney, looking much better today after a difficult start to the campaign, teed up Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box, and after shifting onto his right foot, the big Swede rolled a finish past Lukasz Fabianski despite the keeper’s slight touch.
With that being the 25,000 Premier League goal in its history, United’s number nine bagged his second.
More good work from Rooney saw the captain slip a pass to Ibrahimovic, who bulldozed his way into the area and fired a weaker left foot finish into the back of the net.
There was just time for Darmian to strike over before half-time arrived in South Wales.
With the away side comfortable in proceedings, it was down to Swansea to find their way back into the match, with substitute Jefferson Montero seeing a shot deflect wide before right-back Angel Rangel was off target.
They did pull one back when defender van der Hoorn headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross as the Liberty stadium finally burst into life.
Bookings for Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata disrupted the flow, with the latter’s snapshot falling wide from Rooney’s set piece moments before the Spaniard’s caution.
There could have been a nervy finish for Jose Mourinho’s side had De Gea not produced a fine low save down to his left to deny Modou Barrow’s volley, but United ran the clock down to hang onto to a deserved three points.
Having not won since the opening day, Swansea continued their poor form, but as a club had won the last two fixtures against United at the Liberty Stadium, four of the last six in all competitions, with one win in the last four visits for the Red Devils.
A tricky contest heading in, a dominant first half performance and a controlled second half performance with have pleased Mourinho, who was serving a one game touchline ban for his outbursts last weekend, in a healthy response from his side to Thursday’s showing in Turkey.
Four consecutive home fixtures across three different competitions await after the international break, beginning with the visit of Arsenal.
That mouth-watering occasion commences at 12:30pm in the early kick-off on Saturday 19 November, with the hope of using today’s victory to finally kick-start their season.
Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Pogba (Fosu-Mensah 90+3), Carrick, Fellaini; Mata (Lingard 81), Ibrahimovic, Rooney (Schneiderlin 89).
Subs not used: Romero, Blind, Martial, Rashford.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Swansea City: Fabianski; Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Kingsley; Routledge (Barrow 46), Britton (Fer 70), Ki, Sigurdsson; Baston, Llorente (Montero 46).
Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Amat, Cork, Naughton.
Manager: Bob Bradley