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Swansea City 0-4 Manchester: Premier League match report

Manchester United were holding it all back until the last ten as they swept Swansea aside with three goals in as many minutes to make it two in two for Mourinho
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Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United: match report

Manchester United continued the winning start to the Premier League and Swansea remain winless despite going toe-to-toe with United for long spells at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho opted for the same team that beat West Ham on the opening weekend but Paul Clement changed things up, introducing Roque Mesa for his Premier League debut and Kyle Bartley as he opted for a 3-5-2 formation to try and live with the Premier League title contenders.

It worked to start and Swansea nearly had a lead when Jordan Ayew threw a cross into the box with the outside of his boot only to see it hit the cross bar and float to safety at the other side of the box.

It wasn't long before United had asserted their control on the game and while they were bossing the possession statistics, they weren't really creating any meaningful chances. Lukaku was the target often but he was struggling to break free of Kyle Bartley's watchful eye and the delivery to the Belgian was too often off target. Rashford, as he so often does, was causing confusion for United's opponents.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their third goal with Nemanja Matic
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Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their third goal with Nemanja MaticANDREW BOYERSAction Images via Reuters

United were lucky not to lose Paul Pogba when he was booked for a foul on Tom Carroll only to foul Martin Olsson moments later. John Moss had a chat with the midfielder but no cards were shown and the game continued with Pogba on thin ice but on the field, which would be the most important thing going forward for United.

His involvement in the goal late on showed just how upsetting to United it would have been had he seen red earlier. He delivered two lethal crosses in succession and Swansea conceded a corner from the second. From that, the big Frenchman headed towards goal with a towering performance only to see Fabianski palm it onto the crossbar. United, however, were not to be denied as Eric Bailly reacted quickest and shoved the ball over the line with the sole of his boot.

The ref blew for half-time shortly after as Swansea had failed to hold on until the break, something that was crucial in keeping the Red Devils within touching distance.

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (R) celebrates with teammates scoring the team's second goal
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Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (R) celebrates with teammates scoring the team's second goalGEOFF CADDICKAFP

The second half started with United in control again but they were failing to create clear cut chances. Pogba was again at the centre of everything positive United did but they could not break down a stubborn but not overly defensive Swansea City side.

At 1-0, Swansea were still in with a chance and they had a number of half decent attempts when Ayew headered over from close range and another dangerous cross was just out of Abraham's scope. 1-0 it remained to the Red Devils.

As the game ticked on, it seemed increasingly less likely that Swansea would score but the same could be said for United, who had few chances to make it 2-0. Pogba went close from a free but aside from that, Mourinho's men were subdued.

That was until Henrikh Mkhitaryan found inspiration and Lukaku unmarked to drive beyond Fabianski on 81 minutes and the Armenian played Pogba through with a deft pass to make it 3-0 just a minute later. Just two minutes after that, Anthony Martial finished what was the best goal of the lot when he slid low beyond Fabianski to leave Swansea in tatters and United's away section in singing mode.

The Portuguese won't mind the relative struggles midway through the second half as he has earned six from six in two games to start the league with eight goals scored and none conceded while Swansea, who were by no means outmatched for large spells, are still searching for their first win and first goal of the new Premier League campaign.

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After an uninspiring 2016/17 Premier League campaign, United made a firm statement on the opening weekend with a 4-0 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford. Paul Clement steered the Swans away from relegation last season, and they held Southampton at bay on Saturday to secure a respectable opening-day draw.

Swansea City

Fernando Llorente, whose goals were so crucial to Swansea's survival in the second half of last season, is still recovering from a broken arm. As such, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is expected to lead the line for a second week. Ki and Dyer are both out until next month at the earliest.

A back niggle for Leon Britton could mean a full debut for Roque Mesa. The summer arrival from Las Palmas is a classy distributor packaged in the style of a prohibition-era gangster.

Alfie Mawson, who impressed for England at the U21 European Championship, will be a key leader for Swansea, despite his tender age. He'll partner Federico Fernández in the heart of defence.

Manchester United

Premier League leaders (admittedly after just one match), Manchester United head to Swansea looking to keep hold of top spot, and in fine fettle after their handy 4-0 thumping of West Ham in their opening match of the campaign.

Mourinho's side look serene on the ball, with Nemanja Matic the oil in their passing engine, and powerful up front, with new signing Lukaku ready to bish, bash, bosh his way to goals. He nabbed two against West Ham and can't be ruled out doing some damage in Wales.

Keep an eye out for 19-year-old Marcus Rashford too, who appears to be starting the season where he left off last year. He set up Lukaku's first goal against West Ham. Someone who won't be surprised by that is Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who has admitted that he's been "amazed" by the youngsters rise from academy to first team player.

Mourinho has an almost fully fit squad. Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are continuing their recovery and will turn out for Man Utd's Under 23 side in Premier League 2 on Monday. While Marcos Rojo is the only player currently fully sidelined.

Mou's one doubt for the match against Swansea might be whether to play it a bit safer away from home and bring back Ander Herrera.

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Probable Swansea XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernández, Mawson, Olsson; Carroll, Mesa, Fer; Routledge, Abraham, Ayew.

Probable Manchester Untied XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Bailly, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Mhkitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.

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