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.