GMS academy member Sri Hari takes you through some of the talking points following Manchester United's opening day victory over Swansea.
RVP is Manchester United’s MVP yet again
Van Persie showed just why he is one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League as he scored the first goal of Moyes’s reign in the Premier League and his 34th in his 50th game for United.
Both his goals demonstrated his class. The first, a sublime volley, after a simple ball over the top from the Giggs showed immense control and courage to attempt something as outrageous as that.
And, his second was a 20 yard screamer, after the Swansea defenders backed off at their own peril. If Van Persie continues in this vein, then Moyes might not require Rooney after all.
Ferdinand and Vidic show their class
After making a promise to all United fans that he will definitely be fit for the entire season, Vidic showed just what United have been missing last season.
Back together with his partner in crime Rio Ferdinand, Vidic was his usual no nonsense self as he won ball after ball that came into the box. The pair between them absorbed all of Swansea’s pressure early on and provided a solid platform for the players in front of them and showed just why they are the first choice centre-back pairing.
Valencia and Welbeck show lots of promise
Wearing his favourite No.25 shirt this time around, Valencia was back to his best against Swansea as he beat his man for pace on more than one occasion and was involved in all of United’s attacking play throughout the game.
Welbeck on the other hand, has already doubled his goal tally from last season, with his brace, especially the second, an exquisite chip over the onrushing goalkeeper showing that he has certainly improved his finishing over the summer.
Cleverley doesn’t inspire confidence, while Carrick is Mr. Consistent again
On more than a few occasions, Cleverley gave the ball away far too cheaply and put his side in a spot of bother, especially with his passing inside his own half.
Whilst Carrick on the other hand, was the complete opposite, having barely put a foot wrong all evening and even ventured forward a couple of times. United need to find a suitable partner for Carrick if they are to defend their title this time around as the current ones don’t seem to be in the same league as him.
Swansea looked a lot better with Bony
For most of the match, Swansea controlled possession, but didn’t seem to have a cutting edge, until the moment their record signing Wilfried Bony came into the game.
Whilst he only played for a little while, he already looks as if he will adapt to this Swansea side like a duck to water, as was evident from his well taken goal. Even before that, he had a wonderful header that was just off target and the more he plays, the more chances he will get to improve his already impressive goal tally.
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