By Lee Savery.
The David Moyes era got off to an emphatic start as Manchester United crushed Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Robin van Persie & Danny Welbeck scored two each while new Swansea signing Wilfried Bony scored a late consolation. It was an efficient performance and a good result in what is usually a tough away trip for any Premier League team. Wayne Rooney got thirty minutes and put in a good performance, including two assists.
The first half was arguable dominated by the home side but their possession play was unable to get through the United defence despite a few shaky moments. The early chances did fall to the away side with Welbeck & Jones both had shots saved, from inside the area, by Swansea goalkeeper Vorm. Giggs hit his shot wide from the rebound of Welbeck’s effort.
The breakthrough came on 34 minutes when Giggs’ attempted through ball was deflected up into the air. Van Persie was able to control it, in the box, before acrobatically putting it into the net. Another majestic goal from the Dutchman and it was no surprise that last season’s top scorer started this season’s goalscoring once again.
Two minutes later, Welbeck would tap in a Valencia cross after Evra’s cross, from the left, found the Ecuadorian. The drilled cross along the six-yard box gave Welbeck an easy finish.
It would take until the 72nd minute before United got their third and what a goal it was. Van Persie ran at the Swansea defence, with Rooney and Welbeck running either side of him, and after a nice touch to shape to shoot, his shot from 30 yards left Vorm with no chance. A stunning goal.
Swansea’s consolation came from a poor Welbeck back heel, in his own half, which was picked off by Pablo Hernandez before he found Bony who placed his shot to the left of De Gea and into the bottom corner. Welbeck would make up for his mistake as he ran onto a Rooney through ball to finish with a delicate lob over Vorm in the final minute of the game. Another stunning goal. The goal bettered his tally that he got last season after just one league goal last campaign.
Three points for Moyes on his first game will please him greatly and so will the result against a good Swansea team. The manager will likely nitpick at some of the few defences lapses during the game that, luckily, went unpunished. Rooney’s half an hour display was promising and showed again why Moyes does not want to sell him.
The difference today was the quality of the finishing. A solid start from the champions.
United Team: De Gea, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs (Rooney 62′), Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Welbeck, Van Persie (Anderson 86′).
Unused substitutes: Lindegaard, Smalling, Fabio, Kagawa, Zaha.