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Full-time: Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United

  • Paul Pogba scored a spectacular volley from 20 yards to give United the lead.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic added to United's lead with a low shot from distance.
  • The Swede doubled his tally by smashing the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
  • Mike van der Hoorn got a consolation goal back for the Swans in the second half.
  • Relive Liverpool vs Watford.
  • Relive Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Full-time: Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United

The Reds return to winning ways, without ever really being convincing. Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored their goals, but there are still lots of questions that need to be answered.

Until next time, folks.

Paul Pogba
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Three minutes of time being added. Both sides, I fancy, just want this game to be over.

United make another sub. Wayne Rooney is the man to make way. The United captain has not been great at all, but has two assists to his name, if my memory serves me correct.

Time is running out for the hosts. They haven't played well and neither, really, have United. But the Reds appear to be on the verge of three much-needed points.

Wayne Rooney on the ball
Wayne Rooney on the ball Getty Images

Swansea almost grab another. On this occasion, Montero lobs the ball from one side of the box to the other, but Barrow fails to make a clean connection with his volleyed effort.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for the game against Arsenal Getty Images

Juan Mata makes way now for Jesse Lingard. Another decent performance from the Spaniard, who has been recalled to the national side on the back of his impressive showings.

David de Gea
David de Gea has been busier in the second half Getty Images

United almost add a fourth through Juan Mata, but the little Spaniard sends his effort just wide of the post.

I'm amazed United haven't brought on Martial or Rashford, as their pace could be devastating on the break.

Wayne Rooney
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Ibrahimovic has picked up a booking - and he will miss the Arsenal game because of that. Brainless from the Swede, that.

I've no idea, though, why Mourinho didn't sub him before now, because he would have known the situation with the striker.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic challenges for the ball Getty Images

The home fans are starting to get behind their side here. I'll tell you what, if the Swans can get another, I wouldn't rule anything out.

Mike van der Hoorn
Mike van der Hoorn finds the net for the hosts Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United (Hoorn)

Mike van der Hoorn has a goal back for the Swans! A freekick is dinked in from the right side and Mike van der Hoorn powers a header across the goal and into the net.

A lifeline for the hosts?

Montero shoots at goal and they get a corner. Cue a borderline standing ovation from the home fans.

I feel United could do with making a change, because their performance has gone a little flat in the last few minutes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson
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Pogba almost breaks clear of the Swans defence, but the Frenchman gets the ball trapped under his feat and the hosts are able to clear their lines.

That was Pogba at his best, though, breaking clear from midfielder and charging towards the opposition goal.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba tries to race clear Getty Images

This game is wilting at the moment. There's just a painful lack of fight and energy from the Swans. There's a way to lose a football game and this, I'm afraid, isn't it.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic shoots at goal Getty Images

United are passing the ball around without any pressure being applied to them. The atmosphere in the stadium is dead, apart from the United fans in the away end.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba (right) challenges for the ball Getty Images

The game is like a training session at the minute. It's pretty bizarre to watch.

Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski has endured an unhappy afternoon Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has not made any changes, of course, and I'm sure Ibrahimovic would love to net his first Premier League hat-trick this afternoon. I doubt he'll get a better chance, too.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a first-half brace Getty Images

We're back under way at the Liberty Stadium. Unsurprisingly, the hosts have made a couple of changes.

The mood at the Liberty Stadium is pretty bleak. Home fans were chanting "We want our club back" in reference to the club's American takeover and there are grumbles around the ground every time a Swansea player gives the ball away.

What does the second half have in store? We're about to find out, I guess.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba enjoyed the first half in south Wales Getty Images

Half-time: Swansea City 0-3 Manchester United

Well, Jose Mourinho would have been fearing another tough day at the office against Swansea but that was one-way traffic. A beauty from Paul Pogba and two much-needed goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it's all very comfortable for United.

More in a bit, folks.

United players celebrate
United players celebrate Getty Images

Michael Carrick has offered a bit of solidity to the United team today. His presence has freed Paul Pogba to play a bit further forward.

Should Jose Mourinho be playing Carrick more often? On this display, you'd have to say yes.

Bob Bradley
Bob Bradley on the touchline Getty Images

United lead 3-0 and are dominating the game, but haven't actually played that well. Swansea look really, really poor, I've got to say.

Zlatan ibrahimovic
Zlatan ibrahimovic pokes home his second goal Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 0-3 Manchester United (Ibrahimovic)

This is embarrassing from Swansea. Rooney lays the ball into Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who races into the box, rides a couple of feeble tackles and then smashes the ball into the roof of the net.

United could start thinking about their goal difference at this rate.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with his teammates Getty Images

Swansea have offered absolutely nothing so far. I mean, the United defence is very much makeshift, and yet the hosts have barely launched an attack. Baffling.

United may be leading, but Wayne Rooney has been dreadful so far. He looks to be way off the pace. The captain is giving it away so often it's almost painful to watch at times.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal Getty Images

It's one-way traffic at the moment. There's no real threat from Swansea, who are starting to feel the frustrations of the home fans. This is like watching a training game.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba celebrates his goal Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 0-2 Manchester United (Ibrahimovic)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks his goal drought! The Swede gets the ball off Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box, shifts the ball to the right side and fires a low shot into the net from around 20 yards.

Zlatan looked as delighted as he was relieved. That's been a fair while coming for the striker.

Fellaini almost makes it two a minute later! The burly Belgian gets on the end of Darmian's cross from the left side, but his volleyed effort screws wide of the post.

From nowhere, United have burst into life.

Bob Bradley looks concerned
Bob Bradley looks concerned Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 0-1 Manchester United (Pogba)

Wow! What. A. Goal.

The ball is nodded back to Paul Pogba on the edge of the Swansea box and the Frenchman hits a Paul Scholes-like volley into the top corner. An absolute rocket and the keeper had no chance.

That's a goal to remember from the record-breaking midfielder.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba finds the net Getty Images

Fifteen minutes gone and Phil Jones is yet to get injur... I mean, not much to report from either side.

Michael Carrick wins the ball
Michael Carrick wins the ball Getty Images

United are seeing plenty of the ball but there's a lack of penetration - and by that, I mean pace - in their play. It's all happening in front of the Swansea backline.

Rooney has given the ball away far too cheaply in the opening minutes. He's not playing with any confidence at the moment.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho Getty Images

One thing that is noticeable today, is that there is a distinct lack of pace in the United side. Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Mata etc. are not going to outrun anyone these days, so the Reds will need to produce some magic to find the net.

Swansea are seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages - and they'll be keen to pump the ball into the box towards Llorente.

Bob Bradley
Bob Bradley on the touchline Getty Images

Rooney almost gives United an early lead! The captain burrows into the box and looks for the far corner, but can't quite wrap his right foot around the ball to find the net.

Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski watches the ball go wide of the goal Getty Images

Darmian has lined up on the left-side of United's defence, with Ashley Young playing as a right-back. Carrick, meanwhile, is playing as a holding midfielder.

Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian on the ball for United Getty Images

We're under way then in south Wales. Swansea in white and United are in red.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho takes his seat in the stands Getty Images

Both teams will observe a minute's silence now.

While we wait for the kick-off, here's a reminder of the team news...

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Kingsley, Routledge, Britton, Ki, Sigurdsson, Borja Baston, Llorente

Subs: Amat, Fer, Nordfeldt, Barrow, Montero, Cork, Naughton

Manchester United: de Gea, Darmian, Jones, Carrick, Rojo, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Young, Ibrahimovic

Subs: Martial, Lingard, Blind, Rashford, Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Schneiderlin

The teams observe a minute's silence
The teams observe a minute's silence Getty Images

Jose Mourinho takes his seat in the stands on a cold day in south Wales. As has often been the case this season, the United boss does not appear to be in the best of moods already.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Routledge
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Routledge in the warm up Getty Images

Liverpool are flying at Anfield already. United fans must be looking at Jurgen Klopp's side with envious eyes.

United spent a huge amount of money in the summer but so far this season, it doesn't appear to have made much difference. What will today hold for the Red Devils?

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho Getty Images

All eyes will be on United, but for Swansea, Angel Rangel, Stephen Kingsley, Leon Britton and Borja Baston have all been recalled at the expense of Kyle Naughton, Neil Taylor, Leroy Fer and Modou Barro.

Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski before kick-off Getty Images

The teams are out on the pitch at the Liberty Stadium, going through their last-minute preparations.

Given where these teams find themselves, I've really no idea what to expect from them.

A bit more on the much-discussed United team news: Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are unavailable for today's game while Daley Blind is not fit to start. Hence why the backline has such as makeshift look to it.

Manchester United players warm up
Manchester United players warm up Getty Images

As a reminder, we've already had a thrilling North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

Now, Liverpool are in action, also. If you want to know the score in that game, you can follow it here.

Liverpool vs Watford
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A lot of eyes will be on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is in the midst of a form slump at the moment. The Swede arrived at Old Trafford but his waning form has mirrored that of his team.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Getty Images

I think everyone is a little shocked by the United team news. It's a huge ask for Phil Jones to come in today. And Ashley Young playing as a fullback? It feels like Louis van Gaal never left Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho might come in for some really severe criticism if United subside to another defeat this afternoon.

Jose Mourinho before kick-off
Jose Mourinho before kick-off Getty Images

Breaking team news

And what of the hosts? Well, their team looks a little more familiar...

Swansea: Fabianski; Rangel, Mawson, van der Hoorn, Kingsley; Routledge, Britton, Ki, Sigurdsson; Llorente, Borja

The Swansea City matchday programme
The Swansea City matchday programme Getty Images

Breaking team news

Another day, another new-look team for Jose Mourinho.

Paul Pogba does start after his injury against Fenerbahce. Elsewhere, Ibrahimovic and Rooney line up upfront, while it appears Ashley may be used as a fullback.

Most shocking of all, though, is that Phil Jones - yes, that Phil Jones - is returned to the starting line-up. I'd almost forgotten he even existed.

Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Pogba, Rooney, Ibrahimovic

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We'll have the all-important team news for you around the top of the hour. Sit tight, please.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba arrives at the stadium Getty Images

Pre-match thoughts

Jose Mourinho on Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "He has to do more. It's as simple as that. We have big expectations at this club, lots of players for these positions and he has to play better than Mata, Lingard, Martial – he has to play better than them. It's as simple as that."

Pre-match thoughts

Bob Bradley on Jose Mourinho: "I've talked to him on the phone and traded some messages with him in the last year. We have some common friends. He's been in the United States a lot with teams in preseason and in many of those situations I've had a chance to see his teams train. He's always been gracious in those moments."


United enter this game after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fenerbahce in the Europa League clash. The only consolation for the Red Devils was that Wayne Rooney got his name on the scoresheet.

Jose Mourinho has several selection headaches as he is already without midfielder Ander Herrera due to suspension. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba suffered an injury in the European fixture and is doubtful for the tie against Swansea.


Swansea started the 2016/17 campaign with a 1-0 win over Burnley away from home, but that has been their only win of this season. Their poor form saw them sack their coach Francesco Guidolin and replace him with Bob Bradley in October.

Under the guidance of the American manager, the Welsh club have played four matches, losing three of them, while settling for a draw against Watford. So far, at home, Swansea have taken two points with a draw against Chelsea and Watford.

Bob Bradley
Bob Bradley was appointed Swansea manager last month Getty Images

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of Swansea City versus Manchester United.

Both of these side are struggling this season and will be desperate for three points at the Liberty Stadium.

Stay tuned for the pre-match build up and team news from south Wales....