Win­ning duo

Man United man­ager lauds vet­eran stars

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Swansea, Eng­land

David Moyes hails Van Per­sie and Wayne Rooney.

Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes praised both Robin van Per­sie and Wayne Rooney af­ter his first Pre­mier League match in charge of the English cham­pion ended in a 4-1 win at Swansea.

Van Per­sie and Danny Wel­beck scored two goals apiece at the Lib­erty Sta­dium while Rooney, re­peat­edly linked with a move to Chelsea af­ter fall­ing be­hind Dutch striker van Per­sie in the Old Traf­ford peck­ing or­der dur­ing Alex Fer­gu­son’s fi­nal sea­son in charge, came off the bench in the sec­ond half.

Wil­fried Bony snatched an 82nd minute con­so­la­tion goal for Swansea on a day when van Per­sie con­firmed his sta­tus as the Pre­mier League’s lead­ing marks­man.

“The big­gest thing for me is that Robin has been a plea­sure to work with,” said Moyes.

“He is re­ally keen to work to im­prove and get bet­ter — you may won­der how he can get bet­ter.

“His two goals were ter­rific, the ath­leti­cism he showed for the first and the power for the sec­ond.”

Moyes, who over­saw the start of Rooney’s pro­fes­sional ca­reer in his pre­vi­ous role as Ever­ton man­ager, added: “Wayne did well when he came on and made a great run for the one goal and a great pass for the sec­ond.

“He helped the team and played a part get­ting this re­sult.”

Rooney re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from United’s trav­el­ing fans when he came on to re­place club great Ryan Giggs.

“The sup­port­ers rec­og­nize good play­ers and they rec­og­nized that when Wayne came on,” said Moyes. “He’s got quite a bad kick down the back of his Achilles and he is still lack­ing match prac­tice.

“He played well for the team and he helped set up two goals.

“Wayne has worked very hard when he has been fit. You cross that white line and en­joy your football ... and I thought he did that to­day.”

Al­though Swansea had dom­i­nated much of the game in terms of pos­ses­sion, United struck twice to send Moyes in with a smile at half­time.

Van Per­sie con­trolled Giggs’s lobbed pass af­ter 34 min­utes be­fore beat­ing com­pa­triot Michel Vorm from a dozen yards and then, two min­utes later, Wel­beck turned in An­to­nio Va­len­cia’s cross.

Van Per­sie added his sec­ond marker — a stun­ning strike from 20 yards — af­ter 72 min­utes.

Al­though Swansea’s $ 19 mil­lion striker Bony came off the bench to snatch a con­so­la­tion eight min­utes from time, Rooney’s through ball in stop­page time en­abled Wel­beck to lob Vorm for his sec­ond goal.

“I think like any man­ager, to win the game there is al­ways an el­e­ment of re­lief,” added Moyes.

“I thought we were in­ci­sive, our fin­ish­ing was fan­tas­tic.

“We could play bet­ter at times, but over­all it was a bril­liant team per­for­mance against a Swansea team who will do well.”

Swansea man­ager Michael Lau­drup said: “The big play­ers play in the big teams and the two goals from van Per­sie were world-class.

“We could have come back from one goal down, but two was such a huge blow. You can’t give a team like United a twogoal start.

“The one dif­fer­ence to­day was the fin­ish­ing and the fact they scored two goals in less than two min­utes.”

REBECCA NADEN / REUTERS

Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes cel­e­brates af­ter see­ing his team score dur­ing a 4-1 vic­tory over Swansea City in their English Pre­mier League match in Swansea on Satur­day.

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