Thursday 22 February 2018

Swansea v Manchester United - Story of the match

Nemanja Matic produced another eye-catching display in Manchester United's 4-0 win at Swansea.
Nemanja Matic produced another eye-catching display in Manchester United's 4-0 win at Swansea.

Manchester United signalled their Premier League title intent by claiming another convincing 4-0 victory at Swansea.

Eric Bailly's first United goal on the stroke of half-time set them on their way before Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial blitzed Swansea in the final 10 minutes.

After last weekend's 4-0 season-opener against West Ham this was another powerful message sent out by Jose Mourinho's side.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

https://twitter.com/DavidMay04/status/898897391910256644

Plain and simple from former Manchester United man David May.

STAR MAN

NEMANJA MATIC: It is no coincidence that United have kept clean sheets in their two Premier League games. The Serbian midfielder was an effective shield in front of the back four again and got United moving forward. Just why on earth was he allowed to leave Chelsea?

TALKING POINT

Should Paul Pogba have stayed on the pitch following his 30th-minute challenge on Martin Olsson? Pogba had been booked only four minutes earlier for felling Tom Carroll in a similar challenge. Referee Jonathan Moss had a strong word with the France midfielder, but did not dish out a second yellow card - and Pogba;s late goal rubbed salt into Swansea wounds.

STAT OF THE DAY

Phil Jones and Paul Pogba both struck the crossbar - the latter before Eric Bailly poked home the rebound - so Manchester United have now hit the woodwork 22 times in the Premier League since the start of last season. Only Tottenham (23) have hit it more.

RATINGS

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski 7 (out of 10)

Kyle Naughton 5

Federico Fernandez 6

Kyle Bartley 6

Alfie Mawson 6

Martin Olsson 6

Roque Mesa 6

Tom Carroll 6

Leroy Fer 5

Jordan Ayew 6

Tammy Abraham 6

Substitutes

Luciano Narsingh (for Mesa, 66 mins) 5

Wayne Routledge (for Bartley, 66 mins) 5

Oli McBurnie (for Abraham, 83 mins) 5

Manchester United

David de Gea 7

Antonio Valencia 7

Eric Bailly 7

Phil Jones 7

Daley Blind 7

Nemanja Matic 8

Paul Pogba 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7

Juan Mata 6

Marcus Rashford 6

Romelu Lukaku 7

Substitutes

Marouane Fellaini (for Mata, 73 mins) 6

Anthony Martial (for Rashford, 73 mins) 7

Ander Herrera (for Mkhitaryan, 85 mins) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

MK Dons v Swansea (Carabao Cup, August 22)

Manchester United v Leicester (Premier League, August 26)

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