David Moyes' English Premier League debut as Manchester United manager could not have gone better as his side clinically defeated Swansea at the Liberty Stadium with a resounding scoreline of 4-1.
Two goals from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck led the Red Devils to their first win in the 2013-14 campaign. Upon reflection, here are some thoughts that the new Manchester United manager can takeaway from the match.
1. Same old, same old for Robin van Persie
Just as the Swans were finding some rhythm in their play and gaining some momentum, Robin van Persie struck. Time and time again last season Manchester United lost momentum and were against the run of play. Time and time again the Dutchman brought United back from the depths of defeat and scored a goal at an invaluable moment in the match.
As Man United were being pinned in their own half by Swansea's intelligent passing display, it was Robin van Persie who scored and gave his side back much needed momentum. With a stunning scissor kick goal, Manchester United were suddenly 1-0 up and the Swans were fruitless despite their good play.
Later in the match it was van Persie again who scored a fantastic strike, making the score 3-0 and essentially putting the game beyond doubt. Moyes will be glad to see that last season's golden boot winner is still just as determined to win as ever, and most importantly, that he will be able to bang in goals on a regular basis for the Red Devils.
2. Danny Welbeck has his confidence back, but still needs to improve
Danny Welbeck's first goal brought back his confidence, his second goal was proof that his confidence is well and truly back. After scoring for England in mid-week it was expected that Welbeck would come into the match with his head held high, but recently his goal scoring form for country was much better than his goal scoring form for club.
An in-form Danny Welbeck will be a much needed boost for Moyes, as it will take some of the pressure of van Persie who is currently Manchester United's only reliable week in and week out goal scorer.
However, Welbeck still needs to mature and grow as he was at fault for Swansea's only goal of the match. It was he who gave the ball away cheaply and the Swans punished him for his mistake. Welbeck will have to be better if United are to win the league, as careless giveaways will be ruthlessly punished in important matches. He did make up for it though, as an elegant chip over Michel Vorm proved that he is confident and ready to put his goalscoring troubles behind him.
3. The squad is still in need of a quality midfielder
This was already known before the game, but the match at the Liberty Stadium reinforced that fact that David Moyes needs a quality midfielder if he is to mount a repeat EPL title for Man United.
Swansea were consistently able to pass through the Red Devil's midfield, and possession statistics indicated that David Moyes' squad had less off the ball than they would have liked, with just 49% possession. United will want to have more of the ball in future games as they attempt to break down opponents, but a quality centre midfielder will be vital for this to happen. With recent rumours over a potential swoop for Real Madrid's midfielders Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric, this game could reinforce the thought of a much needed midfielder in the centre of the park and lead Moyes to signing a player before the end of the transfer window.
4. Manchester United have the same old winning mentality
Just as when managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, it seems as if David Moyes has continued Manchester United's trait of having a variety of ways to win a football match. Today United showed their clinical side, breaking forward ruthlessly and finding the back of the net four times.
In the Community Shield last weekend United expressed a side that could boss the game and patiently pass around the opponent's defence. With many ways to win, Moyes will look to be able to use all characteristics and personalities in his club as he looks to win his first League title at the helm of Old Trafford.
5. Wayne Rooney can still play a big role for United this season
Coming on for a late cameo Wayne Rooney played decently and did not look like a player who was unsettled and wanting away from the club. Although he still has some fitness issues, he can still a play a big role in Manchester United's defence of the English Premier League title. He played a key role in both the goals that were scored when he was on the pitch, as he opened up space for a Robin van Persie strike by drawing away one of the Swans centre backs with a decoy run, and then provided the assist as Danny Welbeck chipped the keeper to put the icing on the cake.
Rooney still has the quality, skill, and smarts to be a match-winner for United, evident in his display during the match. Moyes has strongly denied that Rooney will be leaving Old Trafford, and keeping him will be important for the club as he still has a big role to play for Manchester United.
Those are five takeaways from Manchester United 4-1 defeat over Swansea. As Moyes evaluates his first game in charge he will be keen to act on these thoughts as he continues to progress his squad toward a potential league title.
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