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Premier League: 5 Things We Learned From Manchester United vs. Swansea City

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Premier League: 5 Things We Learned From Manchester United vs. Swansea City

Swansea players celebrate Ki Sung-Yueng's goal against Manchester United
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Manchester United proved the old adage of preseason results meaning nothing correct against Swansea City when, after a hugely successful preseason, they lost their opening Premier League game 2-1 at Old Trafford. United fans were hoping for a positive start after being handed a reasonable first few games in the fixture list, but it was not to be. In the end, the game raised more questions than answers for United.

5. Formation Trouble

Nani dribbles during Manchester United vs Swansea City
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5. Formation Trouble

Nani dribbles during Manchester United vs Swansea City
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Louis Van Gaal has successfully played a 3-5-2 formation in the preseason, but the real tests will come when the season begins. Van Gaal abandoned the formation at half time for a 4-4-1-1, and although United improved, it was not enough as Swansea won the game 2-1. The team obviously needs more training regarding the new system, and quick -- if Van Gaal sticks with it.

4. Central Midfield Still Needs Addressing for Manchester United

Ander Herrera of Manchester United
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4. Central Midfield Still Needs Addressing for Manchester United

Ander Herrera of Manchester United
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The ball was moved too slowly through midfield by the central pairing of Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher, and subsequently Juan Mata struggled to get in the game. Herrera played okay, but also failed to track the goalscorer, Ki Sung-Yueng, as he should have. United need Herrera to be as good defensively as he is offensively in the position he is currently occupying.

3. Swansea Have A Dangerous Bench

Bafetimbi Gomis playing against Manchester United
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3. Swansea Have A Dangerous Bench

Bafetimbi Gomis playing against Manchester United
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Swansea played well in the game overall, and they also enjoyed a boost from their bench in the second half too. Bafetimbi Gomis and Jefferson Montero entered the game in the second 45, and they looked good as they probed the United defense and helped Swansea to their opening day win.

2. Manchester United Still Need To Upgrade In The Transfer Market

Javier Hernandez battles Jonjo Shelvey during Manchester United vs Swansea City
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2. Manchester United Still Need To Upgrade In The Transfer Market

Javier Hernandez battles Jonjo Shelvey during Manchester United vs Swansea City
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There is no doubt that Manchester United still need to strengthen in the transfer market, but perhaps they need to do it more urgently than most realized. The defense is the area in need of most attention, but the wing-back positions must also be on the list, as well as another central midfielder. United need to qualify for the Champions League this season, but currently, there are severe doubts whether these player are good enough to do that.

1. There Are No Quick Fixes

Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal
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1. There Are No Quick Fixes

Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal
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As good as United's preseason was, it was only preseason. There are no magic potions or magic switches to suddenly turn the team around. It is clearly going to take time for things to improve, which is to be expected, but patience and a little bit of realism regarding the ambitions for the season is definitely still required.