English Premiership

Red Devils cruise past Swans

2016-11-06 19:25
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League as they recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

The Swans just had no answer to United's play and movement on the day as the visitors bossed possession in South Wales.

Wayne Rooney threatened with an early shot from inside the area on the left that missed the far post in the second minute, and after seeing most of the ball in the opening stages they took the lead on the quarter-hour mark.

Pogba clipped the ball to Rooney inside the area and his lay-off was only half-cleared straight to the Frenchman, who volleyed home expertly from just outside the area to give Lukasz Fabianski no chance.

Marouane Fellaini then went close two minutes later with a half-volley from 10 yards out following a good delivery on the left by Matteo Darmian, but the Red Devils were soon 2-0 ahead when Ibrahimovic beat Fabianski at his near post with a low strike from 22 yards out after the Swede showed a neat touch to make room for himself from Rooney's pass on the left.

Ibrahimovic struck again on 33 minutes following good link-up play with Rooney, who played in the striker to net with ease from 12 yards out.

Rooney had another chance two minutes later after picking up a loose pass from Fernando Llorente in midfield, but he shot well wide following a strong run on goal, while the final opportunity in the first half saw Darmian blaze over from inside the box on the left.

Swans boss Bob Bradley changed things up at half-time, but it seemed to have no effect initially as United continued to dictate play in the opening stages of the second half.

But they allowed the hosts into the game more and more, with Jefferson Montero seeing his effort from outside the area on the left deflected behind for a corner on 66 minutes, which led to another chance but Angel Rangel fired well wide of the target as the set-piece was cleared into his path.

However, they were given a lifeline three minutes later when Van der Hoorn powered home a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson's inch-perfect free-kick.

The visitors' only clear-cut chance after the break came to Mata with 12 minutes left as he guided the ball inches wide of the right post from Rooney's pass inside the box on the left.

Swansea almost pulled another one back on 83 minutes as Montero sent a good cross towards the back post from the left, but Mo Barrow failed to make clean contact as his first-time strike was comfortably saved by a diving De Gea.

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