United sweeps Swansea in 4-0 thrashing

It has been quite a while since Manchester United fans had seen two fantastic back-to-back performances in the Premier League; or at least, as fantastic as wins by four goals. In fact, today marked the first time in more than a hundred years where United scored at least four goals in each of their two opening games. More on their splendid performance at Liberty Stadium.

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Before entering this game, both teams were looking for a victory after starting the season undefeated. Swansea, the hosts, had been undefeated for six consecutive Premier League games, whereas Manchester United were freshly out of a 4-0 victory against West Ham last weekend. With the win in their minds and a positive mindset going into the game, this game proved to be very promising, though not as one-sided as one might think when looking at the scoreline. Manchester United’s unchanged starting eleven walked onto the pitch against a confident Swansea that had not lost a Premier League game at home since last April, when Tottenham defeated the Welsh side.

The first half was fairly equal in terms of the game, with both teams getting their fair share of chances. The first goal would come through a set piece late in the first half. An outside corner would find the head of Paul Pogba, unmarked, who would redirect the ball right on target – his header would be saved by Fabianski, before hitting the post and bouncing on the goal line; Bailly would tap the ball in and net his first professional goal in sixty-seven games, giving United the advantage before the whistle.

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The second half would see a completely new Manchester United that would play a lot more attacking football, especially following the substitution of Anthony Martial for Marcus Rashford fifteen minutes before the final whistle. Five minutes after this substitution, the Reds would score three times in the span of four minutes. Firstly, with a great Lukaku finish following an unexpected delivery from Mkhitaryan. Secondly, with a great run from Mkhitaryan (again) that would conclude in a laser pass to Pogba and a world-class lob from the Frenchman. Then finally through Anthony Martial’s great finish whilst cutting in the penalty box.

The final score; four goals to nil, a great victory for Manchester United that would give them the lead of the Premier League whilst waiting for the nine other results of this matchday’s fixtures. Swansea City will be also be waiting for the results of the other fixtures in order to find out if they will be in relegation contention.

Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

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