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Robin van Persie shows Manchester United are the team to beat

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Much has been made of Manchester United and their lack of signings this summer - a summer that has seen legendary figure and former boss Sir Alex Ferguson replaced by David Moyes following the retirement of the managerial great. 

United have been tipped by many to fail in their quest to regain their Premier League crown, after they comprehensively blew away the competition last season and came close to a record number of points in the process. 

Rivals Manchester City, Chelsea, and Tottenham have all made notable signings in a bid to challenge the Red Devils this campaign, while United have failed in their attempt to strengthen their squad. 

Prior to the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, Moyes and his United side were under pressure. A disappointing pre-season was boosted by a comfortable yet lacklustre victory over Wigan in the Community Shield.

A trip to Swansea awaited, a tough match for any manager to negotiate, let alone when you're making your league debut as United boss.

With a difficult set of fixtures to navigate, it was vital United got off to some sort of positive start at the Liberty Stadium. A repeat of the 1-1 draw here last season wouldn't have been a bad start, but what followed no doubt surprised the majority of the United faithful. 

Two goals from forwards Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck helped United get off to a flyer as they thrashed Swansea 4-1, putting them top of the league already. 

The Dutchman was in devastating form, netting two wonderful goals and playing a hand in another as Moyes' side ran riot. Welbeck continued from where he left off for England in mid-week with two clinical finishes, which saw him double last-season's tally in one game. 

Last season's golden boot winner has wasted no time in finding his form and in Van Persie, United have a proven match winner that can help them to further success this year.

Even Wayne Rooney impressed on his return to the side, a positive sight for the travelling fans. 

Perhaps most impressive of all was the defensive partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic who both showed real quality throughout. A formidable pair if fit, their quality is undoubted. 

The victory over Swansea has sent a stark warning to the rest of league: that the champions will not surrender their title easily. 

With a manager hungry to succeed and a group of players that have that winning mentality, United once again look like the team to beat this season. 

Yes, they haven't strengthened significantly, but they also haven't been weakened either. If Saturday's performance is anything to go by, anyone who tops the Red Devils come May will be extremely confident of lifting the Premier League trophy. 

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