Robin Van Persie picked up where he left off from last season, as his majestic performance carried Manchester United and David Moyes to their first win of the season against Swansea City.
The Dutchman broke the deadlock against the run of play, collecting Ryan Giggs’ pass before expertly smashing the ball into the top right-hand corner of Michel Vorm’s goal. Swansea had previously held a large amount of possession against the defending champions, but were unable to convert their intricate passing into many clear-cut chances, a theme that ran throughout the match.
Danny Welbeck also opened his account for the new season, scoring three minutes after Van Persie’s opener. Antonio Valencia showed great composure to pick out Welbeck in the six-yard box, after the ball had broken loose in the area.
The hosts brought on Wilfried Bony at the start of the second half, who immediately proved to be a physical threat to United, cushioning a header for Michu to poke towards goal, only to be denied by David de Gea.
Van Persie was then clean through shortly afterwards, but failed to convert an angled left-foot volley. However, he more than made up for that miss by scoring a stunning goal which killed off Swansea’s challenge, firing a 20-yard drive into the roof of the net.
Wayne Rooney played a part in that third goal, having come on for Giggs midway through the second-half. His chemistry with Welbeck and Van Persie was apparent throughout his performance, and there appears to be a future for England’s talisman at United, but only if he can be persuaded to stay at Old Trafford.
Bony was able to pick up a consolation for the Swans, finishing off a smart passing move on the edge of the United area, but Welbeck underlined his team’s authority with an exquisite finish in the dying minutes of the match. The young England international has already doubled his league goal tally from last season, and will be looking to add more goals throughout the season.
Overall, it was a successful day for Moyes in his first Premier League game in charge of United; however, the next few fixtures, which include facing Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, will no doubt set the true tone for the season.
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