Manchester United returned to the Premier League action with a comfortable win at Old Trafford against Swansea City, with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez sealing the three points. After an international break, United were back in the business, earning a well deserved win ahead of the Manchester Derby next weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s boys scored twice in the first half to reach 68 points after 31 matches. They are now just one point from the tally they had in the whole 2016-17. This win will put even more pressure on teams chasing United for the second place in the league. Here is what we learned from this match.
Romelu Lukaku Reaches The Century Of Goals
The Belgian striker did something that not many players manage in their careers. His opening goal on the day was his 100th Premier League goal and his 15th this season. To put things into context, Lukaku is still 24. Lukaku was at his best, continuing his great recent form. The Belgian scored a goal, created three chances and had three shots on target. His all around display offered calmness to the team, as United went ahead after just five minutes.
There was no need for the players getting nervous against a side that likes sitting deep. Lukaku’s goal made things easy from the off.
Alexis Sanchez Produces A Great Opening Hour
The media and pundits have been talking a lot about Alexis Sanchez’s poor season. The Chilean was not at his best for the most part of the term, struggling to get himself to previous high standards he used to be at. However, this match resembled his last season, especially during the first hour of the match.
Sanchez assisted Lukaku for the opener and then went on to score himself 15 minutes later. Mourinho was also satisfied with his performance, as Alexis created another two chances and did not lose possession as often as he did in recent months.
“Alexis played well but everyone played well in the first half. Alexis paid the price of the international break in the second half. Almost no time to train, after 60 minutes he was on his way down”, Mourinho said after the match.
Jesse Lingard Continues Fine Form
Jesse Lingard is having the best season of his career, there is no doubt about that. His performances for England in the March friendlies showed that he could be a starter at the World Cup and now against Swansea his continued showing all his talent. Rio Ferdinand was especially praising him after the match.
“The simplicity of his game can kill opponents. What sets Jesse apart is he can play one touch on the move, for an opposing midfielder, that’s a nightmare. Now you’re starting to see he’s becoming the go-to guy.”
Swansea Not Offering Much Up Front
Manchester United – and thus David De Gea as well – earned another clean sheet in a match when they were not tested too much. Tammy Abraham had a couple of good chances, but overall Swansea did not offer much up front. The Swans will have to start scoring goals against their relegation rivals if they are to reach the necessary points as soon as possible. The fight continues…