False start for Van Gaal

CityPress - - Sport -

Manch­ester United man­ager Louis van Gaal suf­fered a de­feat in his first com­pet­i­tive match in charge as Swansea City snatched vic­tory in a closely con­tested clash at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing 2013/14 cam­paign un­der the guid­ance of for­mer Red Devils boss David Moyes, many were ex­pect­ing a much im­proved per­for­mance from Wayne Rooney and com­pany in the sea­son’s cur­tain-raiser.

How­ever, it was an af­ter­noon to for­get for the Old Traf­ford faith­ful as the Swans de­fied the odds to claim all three points.

Mid­fielder Ki Sung-Yueng fired the Welsh side into the lead on 28 min­utes be­fore Rooney re­stored par­ity in the 53rd minute with an over­head kick from close range.

It was Gylfi Sig­urds­son who had the last say, though, slot­ting home from the cen­tre of the area af­ter a coun­ter­at­tack.

The match started at a fran­tic tempo as both sides looked to make an early break­through although there was very lit­tle in the way of goal­mouth ac­tion in the open­ing 10 min­utes.

Ki put the Swans in front af­ter the South Korean in­ter­na­tional latched onto a ball from Nathan Dyer be­fore drilling a left-footed shot into the bot­tom right cor­ner from the edge of the box.

How­ever, the hosts even­tu­ally equalised on 53 min­utes as an un­marked Rooney hooked the ball home with a bi­cy­cle kick af­ter be­ing teed up by Phil Jones’ flicked header. But Swansea didn’t buckle un­der the pres­sure and re­claimed the lead in the 72nd minute.

– TEAMtalk Me­dia

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