Anthony Martial shows United the way with goal against Swansea

Posted on January 03, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Anthony Martial was exceptional against Swansea City – scoring one and assisting Wayne Rooney

As New Year’s resolutions go; Manchester United fans will be hoping that Louis van Gaal can keep to his, as United beat Swansea City 2-1 at Old Trafford. The first fixture of 2016 saw United pick up three points, their first victory since the 2-1 win over Watford at the end of November – which marks the end of an eight game winless run.

The Dutchman will be have been pleased with his side’s performance in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea and although United didn’t start the game against Swansea City as quickly (i.e. hitting the woodwork twice within fifteen minutes) – the home side did look most likely to score early on, with Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney close but failing to hit the target. United shifted from a 4-3-3 that worked so well against Chelsea to a 3-5-1-1 – which quickly changed to a 3-3-1-3 formation when United were attacking, with both Ashley Young and Anthony Martial pushing up high and wide to deliver crosses. The United coach had started the game with a four man defence, however – reverted very early on to a three at the back formation once it was clear that the visitors were playing a diamond in midfield with two very wide forwards in Ayew and Routledge.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring for United early in the second half following a brilliant cross from Ashley Young. The Frenchman got on the end of the cross to head home United’s opener. United looked dangerous and much more animated in the second half than in the first forty-five – but the home side were left stunned when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the equaliser with twenty minutes to go. A neat header past the helpless David De Gea following some great work from substitute Modou Barrow (who again forced van Gaal into a tactical change) on United’s left hand side. It didn’t take long for United to hit back, with a superb finish from Wayne Rooney – who has now overtaken Denis Law’s goal tally of 237 and is now second on his own, eleven goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton.

Although both wide men, Ashley Young and Anthony Martial, had excellent games – it is the Frenchman that really is a shining light in this United side. As he did against Branislav Ivanovic last Monday, he gave Angel Rangel a torrid time on the left hand side with his pace and tricky. His burst of acceleration to setup Rooney, for what was a stunning goal, is priceless and although many reds – including myself – have called to play him through the middle, with match winning performance like this one, it is hard to argue against his inclusion on the left hand side.

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Romero hands Swansea city the win as United fail to deliver again

Posted on August 31, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Swansea City   1 Comment »
Romero lies face down as he concedes a second goal as Swansea City beat Manchester United again

It was a case of history repeating itself, again, as Manchester United succumb to a good Swansea City side in what was Louis van Gaal’s toughest test yet in what had been a decent start to the 2015/16 season. Juan Mata opened the scoring having got on the end of a Luke Shaw cross, but Swansea hit back through man of the match André Ayew after another great cross by Gylfi Sigurdsson. The winner came four minutes later, when Ayew provided a sublime outside of the boot pass to play in the energetic Bafetimbi Gomis who fired a tame shot past the helpless Romero.

United could not find an equaliser and van Gaal took off United’s most creative player, Juan Mata, to inject some pace on the right hand side with Ashley Young. Ander Herrera was also unlucky to come off in place of Marouane Fellaini as United went more direct. Wayne Rooney, was a peripheral figure throughout the match – but could have scored an equaliser as he broke free of the Swansea defence. Ashley Williams, who was excellent throughout the match, recovered to tackle the United captain, who felt he should have won a penalty – but the truth is, Rooney should have got his shot off quicker.

Its now three wins on the spin for Garry Monk against United as we enter the final hours of the summer transfer window. There should be particular praise for Garry Monk and what he has done at Swansea over the past twelve months. They play an attacking brand of football and have made some shrewd signings, who made a real impact yesterday.

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Manchester United look to avenge double Swansea defeat

Posted on August 30, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Ashley Youn against Swansea
Manchester United have not beaten Swansea City away since August 2013

Manchester United travel to Swansea City looking to capitalise on another defeat for Chelsea and keeping ground on league leaders Manchester City. A win will put United second as we enter the international break and Louis van Gaal’s men are yet to concede a goal in the league. Swansea started the season well with a draw and Stamford Bridge, which was of course overshadowed by the Eva Carneiro incident, before beating Newcastle United and drawing with Sunderland.

United fans will remember the optimism around the club before Louis van Gaal’s first game as United boss, which came crashing down when Swansea won 2-1, with goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson. United also lost 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium in the return fixture with Bafetimbi Gomis hitting the winner.

The next 48 hours will be a busy period for all clubs as we enter transfer deadline day and United fans will be hoping there will be resolution to the David De Gea saga, who will not feature for the club, again, today.

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Manchester United need to pass on £43.5million Radamel Falcao

Posted on February 21, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Swansea City, Transfer Targets, Youth   3 Comments »
Radamel Falcao has struggled for form and fitness at Manchester United

Manchester United fans couldn’t believe their eyes at the beginning of September. The week previous, United had broken the English transfer fee again to sign Angel Di Maria from European Champions Real Madrid, but the signing of Colombian Falcao meant the fans were in dreamland. A club that had missed out on Champions League football for the first time since finishing second in 1994/95 had pulled in some of the world’s finest talent and wouldn’t scrape back into Europe’s elite but juggernaut through with a bit of swagger.

Spring is upon us and although United are a in a good position and have only lost once in the nineteen games, Southampton, Arsenal and Tottenham are breathing down the necks of Louis van Gaal’s men. United’s Colombian forward has made little impact since his £6million loan move from Monaco. The lack of impact isn’t anything to do with effort nor ability, but he simply hasn’t played enough games to be able to score the goals we all have seen him bang in for FC Porto and Atletico Madrid. Can United really splash out and pay half of what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 on a 29 year old?

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Swansea sink Manchester United as transfers are needed

Posted on August 17, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   6 Comments »
Manchester United vs Swansea City
Gylfi Sigurdsson score the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford

The hope and promise of a new era came crashing down within ninety minutes as a lacklustre Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City. Louis van Gaal oversaw United’s first home defeat in the league since 1972 in what was also his home competitive debut. United rarely troubled the visitors, whilst Swansea looked dangerous on the break. United started the game 3-4-1-2 but shifted to 4-4-1-1 in the second half with Hernandez, who looks as if he may have played his last game for Manchester United, being replaced by the ineffective Nani.

Transition takes time. Louis van Gaal is a World Class manager who will have an impact at Old Trafford, but it will indeed take some time to instil a philosophy and way of playing into a side that is crying out for leadership. The Dutchman was quick to state that he feels he was responsible for the defeat and the loss has ‘smashed’ the confidence of the players – however, this will surely heap more pressure on Edward Woodward regarding new signings.

Here we discuss the Talking Points from the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea

Manchester United host the first game of the 2014/15 Premier League season and welcome Swansea City in what is a return fixture of the opening match last season. United got off to a flyer, hitting four past Swansea in what was David Moyes domestic debut. That was as good as it got for the Scot, who didn’t get to see the end of the season following his sacking in the April of this year.

Now, Manchester United have a new man in charge. A proven winner who has lifted league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany. Can he add and English Championship to his CV? If he is to – it all kicks off against Swansea City at 12:45.

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Second half goals spark Manchester United recovery

Posted on January 12, 2014  by Bricki  in Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Swansea City   9 Comments »
Adnan Januzaj surges past Leon Britton
Adnan Januzaj was a constant torment for Manchester United against Swansea City

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After being knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea only a week before, United were looking for their first win of the year. The Premier League Fixtures provided a quick opportunity to atone for that loss with the Swans visiting Old Trafford again. Rooney and Van Persie were still absent and Evans was also ruled out. Chris Smalling looked to put his image issues behind him with a solid performance and Danny Welbeck lead the line with support from Januzaj, Kagawa and Valencia. Tom Cleverley was taken out of the firing line with Darren Fletcher coming to provide some steel in the middle of the park.

After a dull first half from both sides with only a Januzaj free kick off the bar providing any sort of excitement, it would take some inspiration from Moyes at half time to dig out a result. A few tweaks of the line up resulted in United starting the second half well, goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck resulted in the first 3 points of 2014.

Here we look at the talking points of the game at Old Trafford and invite comments/opinion from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from the opposition

Posted on January 11, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand celebrates the winner against Swansea City
Rio Ferdinand scores against Swansea in what was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge at home

Manchester United welcome Swansea City for the second time in under a week and are hoping for a better result than last Sunday. Monday 6th January is generally considered the most depressing day of the year, when the majority of people head back to work following the Christmas break – this of course was made even worse by the fact that United had lost both opening 2014 fixtures and were set to lose again mid week to Sunderland in the League Cup.

David Moyes is under an excruciating amount of pressure and is again missing both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who have scored 22 goals between them so far this season. Centre half Jonny Evans is a doubt having picked up a back injury midweek against Sunderland whilst Pablo Hernandez and Roland Lamah are missing for Swansea City due to hamstring and abductor problems respectively.

Many United fans were disheartened to learn that the club are unlikely to purchase any new players in the January transfer window despite being linked to the industrious Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund, who has missed most of the season so far through injury.

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Robin van Persie goals help United sink Swansea

Posted on August 18, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Man United, Match Reports, Swansea City   8 Comments »
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores a brilliant volley as Manchester United beat Swansea City 4-1

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David Moyes took charge of his first league game away to Swansea – a tricky looking opening game particularly given that United could only draw there last season. Moyes named Rooney on the bench and made two changes from last week’s Community Shield as Ferdinand replaced Rafael and Valencia replaced Zaha. Swansea left new signing, Bony, on the bench after he’d had a busy week with the Ivory Coast. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Swansea City vs. Manchester United preview: Line up & prediction

Posted on August 17, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   4 Comments »
Ashley Youn against Swansea
Ashley Young in action against Swansea City for Manchester United last season

Manchester United travel to Swansea City for the evening kickoff on Saturday evening for first game of the Premier League season for both club. The league Champions take on the League Cup winners, having battled out a 1-1 draw last December at the Liberty stadium. David Moyes will be hoping to get his Manchester United career off to flying start having already won the Community Shield last Sunday.

United have played Swansea City twice away in the past two seasons, although previously to that – the two sides hadn’t meet since the 1982/83 season, with a team consisting of Bryan Robson, Steve Coppell and Gordon McQueen. Here we preview the opening match of the season and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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