Having only been a manager for a little over a year Louis Van Gaal appears to have met his nemesis in the unlikely form of Swansea City. This Sunday Manchester United’s dismal run of form against the Welsh side continued as they lost 2-1.
United had an impressive start and mounted pressure for the first 20 minutes of the game yet never really threatened the target. Swansea worked their way back and Bafetimbi Gomis struck the woodwork after highlighting United’s weakness of having Daley Blind at the back who was turned inside out.
In the second half Luke Shaw broke down the left and floated in a cross that did not appear threatening yet managed to elude everyone until Juan Mata managed to fire it into the roof of the net from a tight angle at the back post. Mata almost managed to double the lead when Ander Herrera slipped him in with a smart through ball but a sharp but of work by Fabianski denied him. It looked as if United would push on and close the game out until Rooney lost possession following a poor pass and Swansea capitalised. Sigurdsson was found out wide and with United scrambling back he swung the ball into the path of the onrushing Ayew who headed it home.
Swansea’s equaliser was the turning point in the game, with a renewed confidence they struck again just 5 minutes later. The build up even more appealing this time, Shelvey and Sigurdsson connected well and found Ayew in space on the right. The Ghanaian clipped a gorgeous ball with the outside of the his left boot that curled around the United defence and into the path of Gomis who side-footed home, his 4th goal in 4 games. The goal raised further questions about the already problematic United goal keeper situation, Romero dived late and didn’t impose himself.
With minutes to go it looked like Rooney would redeem himself when he rolled his defender but hesitated and the ever heroic Ashley Williams claimed the ball from him. Despite his midweek hat-trick, his premier league form make for dreary reading, failing to convert both at the back end of last season and the start of this. Van Gaal has certainly been left a lot to ponder in both the goal keeping and forwards departments.
With the result Swansea overtake United in the table and find themselves in 4th; a fair reflection of their performances this season.
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