Goals from Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck gave Manchester United a 4-1 victory over Swansea City in both teams’ Premier League opener on Saturday. United’s lineup was the same as usual, except Wayne Rooney sat on the bench until he replaced Ryan Giggs in the 61st minute.
It was Giggs who lead the charge to Van Persie’s first goal, as the 39-year-old had his pass deflected by Swansea midfielder Leon Britton and land right in front of Van Persie. Van Persie provided a masterful finish, patiently waiting for the ball to take a bounce inside of Swansea’s box and then whipping his right foot high in the air to smack an excellent volleyed shot.
Van Persie was noticeable during the Red Devil’s second goal when Patrice Evra’s cross from the wing connected with Van Persie inside of the box; the Dutchman couldn’t direct his attempt on goal, but his position was so threatening that his deflected header set up a quick 1-2 goal from Antonio Valencia to Welbeck. Valencia supplied Welbeck with a short ground pass right in front of Swansea gaolkeeper Michel Vorm, and Welbeck buried the ball underneath multiple defenders to give United a 2-0 lead.
In the 71st minute, Van Persie would be back to his old tricks, dribbling around several opposing players to strike an magnificent shot into the roof of the net where no goalkeeper has the slightest chance of coming up with a save. The score, at this point, was 3-0 United, but Swansea would be able to reduce their deficit to two goals in the 81st minute on Wilfried Bony’s debut goal.
Welbeck would seal the victory for his squad in stoppage time with a satisfying chip shot over Vorm, and based on their performance, it looks United should win the Premier League. Clearly, it’s only one game out of dozens, but it seems like Van Persie still has the same scoring touch from last season. Also, the young Welbeck, who analysts and fans believe has the opportunity to become one of United’s feature players this year, showed up as a essential offensive weapon for the David Moyes’ squad.
If you’re a Manchester United fan, you have to like this win against Swansea.