Manchester United 1 Swansea 2: The winds will take time to turn direction at Old Trafford

18 August 2014 09:40

Louis Van Gaal has already created history at Old Trafford on his debut. He is the first Manchester United manager to lose at home on the opening day of a Premier league season. Manchester united had not lost a game opener at home since 1992 too.

In his debut match for Premier league, Van Gaal picked up a surprise package in the lineup by playing Jesse Lingard ahead of Adnan Januzaj. Lingard however was forced out after he stretched his thigh muscle just after 24 minutes of play. This blow was not enough for United as Swansea scored just 4 minutes later with Ki Sung-yueng’s effort giving David De Gea no chance whatsoever to stop the ball. Manchester United were 0-1 down in the first half.

Fans were expecting a change of plan from their boss because 3-4-1-2 was not working out for United. They were not able to penetrate the ball through the Swansea wall of four and were not able to contain them with a backline of 3 defenders. As expected LVG changed his tactics to a more of 4-2-3-1 formation. As a result, Wayne Rooney equalized in the second half with a brilliant acrobatic overhead kick off a corner kick. United could not hold onto the score and Swansea took the lead back with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring a goal which Dea Gea should have held onto. With just 18 minutes left to play, United looked lost somewhere in the midfield.

When the referee blew the final whistle, it was understood that Winds flowing at Old Trafford will take some time to turn its direction.

Here are some interesting Match Stats:-

Possession: Manchester United 60%-40% Swansea

Shots: Manchester United 14-5 Swansea

Shots on Target: Manchester United 5-4 Swansea

Source: DSG