Wednesday 21 February 2018

Swansea v Manchester United - Story of the match

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, scored twice in Manchester United's win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, scored twice in Manchester United's win

Jose Mourinho suffered no ill-effects from his touchline ban as Manchester United returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Swansea.

Paul Pogba's blistering volley and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double - his first Premier League goals since September 10 - put United in cruise control inside 33 minutes and secured a first win in five in the league.

Ibrahimovic, whose first goal was the 25,000th in the competition's history, tarnished his day with a fifth booking of the season which rules him out of the home game with Arsenal on November 19, before Swansea reduced the deficit through Mike van der Hoorn's 69th-minute header.


"21 mins - The 25,000th @premierleague goal ✔️ 33 mins - His 400th club career goal ✔️ Records were made to be Zlatan'd" - Manchester United's official account (@ManUtd).


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Granted he was given the freedom of the Liberty Stadium at times, but the Swede strolled through the contest causing mayhem wherever he went. Swansea could not get close to him when he dropped deep and his growing confidence saw him back on the goal trail with two unerring strikes.


Pogba's first-half volley which opened the floodgates. Pogba started the move with a cunning chip towards Wayne Rooney and backed up the play intelligently. He was rewarded when the ball dropped to him to fire home a beauty from 20 yards, his second Premier League goal.


On this day 30 years ago Manchester United appointed Sir Alex Ferguson as their manager, a painful reminder of how far the club have fallen in recent seasons. But United ended a run of four games without a win in comfort as Ibrahimovic came up with his first goal in over 10 hours of Premier League football.



Lukasz Fabianski 5 (out of 10)

Angel Rangel 5

Mike van der Hoorn 5

Alfie Mawson 5

Stephen Kingsley 5

Leon Britton 6

Ki Sung-yueng 4

Wayne Routledge 5

Gylfi Sigurdsson 5

Borja Baston 4

Fernando Llorente 4


Modou Barrow (for Llorente, 46mins) 6

Jefferson Montero (for Routledge, 46mins) 6

Leroy Fer (for Fer, 70mins) 5

Manchester United

David De Gea 7

Matteo Darmian 7

Marcos Rojo 7

Phil Jones 7

Ashley Young 7

Michael Carrick 8

Marouane Fellaini 7

Paul Pogba 8

Juan Mata 7

Wayne Rooney 8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 9


Jesse Lingard (for Mata, 81mins) 6

Morgan Schneiderlin (for Rooney, 89mins) 6

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (for Pogba, 90+3mins) 6


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