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Full-time: Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United

  • Second-half double from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis secures a third consecutive win for Swansea against Manchester United as Sergio Romero's run of clean sheets is brought to an end
  • Juan Mata had given Louis van Gaal's side the lead shortly after half-time
  • Wayne Rooney denied a late penalty after tussling with Ashley Williams
Bafetimbi Gomis
Bafetimbi Gomis produces his trademark celebration after netting the winning goal in south Wales Getty

It's all over at the Liberty where Swansea have rallied magnificently to secure a third consecutive 2-1 win over Manchester United and a fourth in five contests.

United looked comfortable and dominant early on, but were perhaps somewhat fortunate to remain level at the break after Sigurdsson and Gomis spurned good chances.

Van Gaal's side looked set to preserve their unbeaten run after Mata ghosted in to score at the back post early in the second half, but the hosts were not to be denied and that quick-fire double from Ayew and Gomis was enough for all three points.

That is it from us for now, but keep your eyes peeled on IBTimes UK this evening as Roy Hodgson announces his England squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.


Swansea 2-1 Manchester United

Late pressure from United comes to nothing as Fellaini slips and Memphis runs into traffic without winning a free-kick.

Four minutes of stoppage time for Swansea to negotiate. Ayew uses his nous to win a soft free-kick from Shaw as the seconds continue to tick away.

A big penalty appeal from the visitors is given short shrift by Atkinson. Rooney does ever so well to roll Williams and nutmeg Fernandez, but he waits too long to shoot and Williams can recover to muscle him off the ball.

That was never likely to be given, despite Rooney's fierce protestations.

Fellaini's presence is causing a bit of a uncertainty but Swansea are defending courageously to combat his considerable aerial threat. Three minutes plus added time remaining for United to find an equaliser.

A nice statistic for Gomis to cherish...

Gomis has been very impressive this afternoon but was perhaps beginning to look a little leggy as a result of his high work rate. A chance for Eder to make an impression following his move from Braga in July.

Gomis' number flashes up on the fourth official's board and he is given a standing ovation by the home supporters as Eder jogs on in his place.

A few early touches for Fellaini as he feeds Young on the right flank but his cross is eventually claimed by Fabianski.

At the other end, Gomis uses his physicality well once again. Shelvey fires wide but the offside flag has been raised.

A final change for United. You might expect it to be Hernandez, but instead it's Fellaini who replaces Herrera in his first top-flight appearance since being sent off against Hull on the final day last term.

Such a route-one approach worked to perfection during the first leg against Club Brugge, can it do so again today?

Swansea will be desperate to hold onto him, of course, but with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and even United still obviously lacking a striker, it would not be at all surprising to see Gomis attract serious attention before the transfer deadline.

His reported £7m release clause could make him a very attainable indeed.

Ashley Young has also come on in place of Mata.

Van Gaal immediately responds by sending on Michael Carrick for Schneiderlin. Plenty of time left for United to bounce back, although Swansea look to have gained real confidence from their second-half endeavours.

A nightmare for Van Gaal as Swansea come from behind to lead in less than five minutes and the Liberty Stadium erupts. This time Shelvey finds Sigurdsson, who knocks the ball out to Ayew on the right-hand side.

Sensing his chance, Gomis times his run beautifully between Smalling and Darmian before guiding the Ghanaian's pinpoint pass underneath Romero for a fourth goal of the season.

That is a soft, soft goal to concede from the goalkeeper's point of view. This is an all too familiar scoreline for United against Monk's side.

Goal: Swansea 2-1 Manchester United (Bafetimbi Gomis)

That is the first goal Manchester United and Romero have conceded in four Premier League matches so far this season.

Swansea's first real chance of this second 45 ends up in the back of the net and it all started from a botched United attack.

Rooney loses possession while trying to beat Williams and the Swansea defender then bursts forward through the middle of the pitch before finding Sigurdsson on the right-hand side.

His cross to pick out Ayew is perfect and the summer arrival does well to control his header and guide it past Romero. Game on.

Goal: Swansea 1-1 Manchester United (Andre Ayew)

Routledge is the man to make way. You would expect to see Ayew push further forward alongside Gomis for the final half an hour if Swansea are to have a chance of ending United's run of clean sheets.

Ki, twice the scourge of United last season, is preparing to enter the fray for Swansea as Monk likely plans a slight shift in his tactics.

A couple of painful blows in the opening stages of this half as Ayew comes off worse following a clash with Shaw and Herrera lands heavily. Both players are fine to continue.

Almost an own goal from Swansea there as Williams tries to clear Memphis' cross but miscues the ball horribly towards Fabianski. The former Arsenal goalkeeper manages to keep the score at 0-1.

Goal: Swansea 0-1 Manchester United (Juan Mata)

Three minutes into the second half and United break the deadlock as Shaw shows good perseverance and gets the better of Routledge with a surging run down the left flank.

His cross into the box just evades the attentions of Rooney's attempted flick but Mata arrives to finish at the near post.

Darmian concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position whilst trying to shield a rogue pass from the onrushing Routledge but Shelvey's delivery is wasted.

The players are back out on the pitch and the second half has begun.

Herrera has looked capable of creating regular chances for United and will require closer attention from the hosts.

Goalless at the break in south Wales. United were dominant early on, but Swansea steadily grew into the game and created two great chances through Sigurdsson and Gomis.

The latter in particular is causing real problems for Blind.


Swansea 0-0 Manchester United

United on top once again as the first half draws to a close. One minute of added time signalled.

Swansea's first yellow card is awarded to Routledge for a similar foul on Darmian.

Memphis joins Schneiderlin in the book with four minutes of the first half remaining. The Dutch international slipped when trying to cut inside Naughton and dragged him back in frustration seconds later.

A slight moment of panic for Romero as he makes a meal of claiming Shelvey's free-kick from the left-hand side. Thankfully for his defenders, the former Sampdoria man holds it at the second attempt.

A confident block from Shaw to stop Routledge's effort on the edge of the United penalty area.

Schneiderlin is the first player to enter the referee's notebook as he is cautioned for a reckless sliding challenge on Cork.

The warning goes largely unheeded as Schneiderlin embarks upon a driving run forward and picks out Herrera in the middle.

He shapes to shoot under pressure from Fernandez, but drags his effort wide.

Swansea would do well to heed that as a warning to maintain their concentration levels and not allow Herrera to occupy those sorts of areas.

Blind finds Herrera in acres of space in the area between Swansea's midfield and defence and the Spaniard plays a nice through ball to Rooney after the latter sneaks in behind Fernandez.

However, his attempt at a lob is poor and comfortably held by Fabianski.

A heavy challenge from Smalling leaves Cork in a crumpled heap but Atkinson waves play on.

It has been a poor weekend for discipline in the Premier League with no fewer than six red cards dished out, but that certainly did not warrant any similar punishment.

Swansea have spent most of this encounter on the backfoot, but they have created two golden opportunities to edge in front as the powerful Gomis shows great strength and skill to roll Blind, run across Smalling and lash an effort against the woodwork.

So close.

By far the best chance of the opening 25 minutes goes begging as a Shelvey's low free-kick is deflected into the path of Sigurdsson but he can only guide his shot agonisingly wide from close range.

Romero then gifts Shelvey possession with a poor clearance but the midfielder's subsequent left-footed lob is saved.

A rare foray forward for Swansea as Shelvey wins possession in midfield and Ayew lofts an inviting pass towards Gomis with the outside of his boot.

The French striker looks to have the beating of Blind but his effort is wild and fails to trouble Romero's goal.

United are dominating this match and Mata comes within inches of giving his side the lead after receiving the ball from Herrera but his snatched shot is driven wide of Fabianski's left-hand post.

An excellent, defence-splitting pass from Luke Shaw appears to leave Rooney one-on-one with Fabianski but the United skipper tries to cut inside onto his right foot and is well-tackled by Williams.

Assured defending.

A corner for the visitors as Mata's cross towards Memphis at the back post is nodded wide by Kyle Naughton.

Morgan Schneiderlin heads the delivery back across goal but Smalling is penalised for a high foot on Federico Fernandez.

90% possession for United during the early exchanges. Memphis' parried free-kick represents their only shot on target thus far, however.

Swansea beginning to feel their way into this now as Jack Cork and Shelvey look to move the ball around and settle into their usual passing routine. No chances of note for the hosts in the first 15 minutes.

The home supporters are very unhappy with Atkinson after he awards a free-kick for captain Ashley Williams' sliding challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

United settling into a nice rhythm here as Swansea uncharacteristically struggle to gain much by way of regular possession. Gomis looks to close down Romero following Smalling's uncertain backpass but the Argentine can clear for Matteo Darmian.

Manchester United out of the blocks early as Lukasz Fabianski is forced into a low save from Memphis Depay's free-kick and Juan Mata fires over.

Referee Martin Atkinson gets us underway at the Liberty Stadium. Can Swansea win for a fourth time in six matches against United, or will Sergio Romero keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet?

Van Gaal's side put seven goals past Club Brugge over two legs to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, but they have found goals hard to come by domestically.

Just over 10 minutes until kick-off.

The in-form Gomis will be looking to make life as uncomfortable as possible for Chris Smalling and Daley Blind today, while Jonjo Shelvey should also be suitably boosted after widespread reports suggested that he is set to be named in Roy Hodgson's senior England squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland next month.

The squad is due to be named later this evening after an initial delay.

Swansea also beat today's opponents by that same scoreline in the FA Cup last January thanks to a late header from the now-departed Wilfried Bony, although United comfortably won both league fixtures that season.

The stats further reveal that United have only won twice on their last 12 visits to the Swans. Not a great omen.

Swansea were the only team in the Premier League to beat Manchester United home and away during Van Gaal's first season at Old Trafford.

Despite his side taking the lead through captain Wayne Rooney, goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson last August ensured that the Dutchman's first competitive match in charge ended with a 2-1 defeat.

That scoreline was also repeated in south Wales six months later, as efforts from Ki and Bafetimbi Gomis cancelled out Herrera's 28th-minute strike.

Javier Hernandez is on the bench for Manchester United this afternoon, that is despite media speculation suggesting that the Mexican striker has been told by Van Gaal that he is free to leave the club before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

Bayer Leverkusen are said to be leading the race for his signature, although such an exit would leave the Red Devils badly in need of at least one new striker of their own.

In the first of today's two top-flight fixtures, Southampton have just registered their first league victory of the season with a resounding 3-0 success over 10-man Norwich.

A late first-half effort from Graziano Pelle and a brace from Dusan Tadic inflicted the damage at St Mary's, with the visitors seeing defender Steven Whittaker dismissed before the break for two yellow card offences.

Victor Wanyama was left out of the matchday squad after Ronald Koeman claimed he was 'not mentally and physically good enough to play' amid rumours suggesting he is being courted by Tottenham.

A new milestone for the vastly experienced Van Gaal this afternoon...

As for the visitors, Louis van Gaal also makes one alteration with Adnan Januzaj unavailable for selection after injuring his calf against Club Brugge in midweek. Ander Herrera starts and Marouane Fellaini is back among the substitutes having served his three-match suspension.

A cruel blow for Swansea as the rapid and endlessly tricky Jefferson Montero, arguably their best player so far this season, is ruled out with a thigh injury picked up in training last week. He is replaced in the starting XI by Wayne Routledge in Garry Monk's only change from the side that drew 1-1 at Sunderland last weekend.

Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera, Memphis, Rooney

Subs: Johnstone, McNair, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Fellaini, Chicharito

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Routledge, Gomis

Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Ki Sung-Yueng, Dyer, Eder

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