London - Swansea City defeated Manchester United 2-1 for the third successive
meeting as Louis van Gaal's side's unbeaten start to the Premier League
season ground to a halt on Sunday.
United went ahead through Juan
Mata early in the second half at the Liberty Stadium, but Andre Ayew
equalised in the 61st minute and then set up Bafetimbi Gomis for the
winner five minutes later.
Van Gaal had lost 2-1 at home to
Swansea in his first game as United manager last season and having also
seen his team go down by the same scoreline in the return fixture, he
was given more reason to curse Garry Monk's side on the occasion of his
50th game in English football.
Swansea climbed to fourth place in
the table, a point above United and four below early leaders Manchester
City, having started a top-flight campaign with four unbeaten games for
the first time in their history.
With Morgan Schneiderlin and
Bastian Schweinsteiger restored to the team after starting Wednesday's
4-0 Champions League play-off win over Club Brugge on the bench, United
started purposefully, but Swansea enjoyed a purple patch mid-way through
the first half.
Gomis sliced off target, Gylfi Sigurdsson shot
inches wide from Jonjo Shelvey's cleverly disguised free-kick and Gomis
then prodded a shot against the post after wriggling into the box from
They were encouraging signs for a team bereft of the
livewire Jefferson Montero due to injury, but three minutes into the
second half they fell behind.
Luke Shaw was given space to motor
down the United left and after his cross passed between Wayne Rooney and
Neil Taylor at the near post, Mata ghosted in behind Swansea captain
Ashley Williams to slam home.
Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski
had to save from both his own team-mate Williams and Mata as United
looked to press home their advantage, but a tactical switch saw the
hosts turn the game around in just five minutes.
replaced Wayne Routledge, bolstering Swansea's midfield, and three
minutes later Sigurdsson crossed from the right for Ayew to beat Sergio
Romero with a downward header.
minutes later Ayew turned provider with an exquisite,
outside-of-the-foot pass from wide on the right, but Romero should have
done better than allow Gomis's tame shot to trickle beneath him.
It was Gomis's fourth goal of the campaign (and ninth in 10 league games), Ayew having earlier claimed his third.
scorer of a hat-trick against Bruges, looked poised to equalise in the
88th minute, only for Williams to produce a crucial last-ditch recovery