Swansea City vs Manchester United: What we learned
|Sun Nov 06 2016
Manchester United returned to winning ways with a commanding performance against Swansea City. Here is what we learned from Swansea City vs Manchester United.
1) Goals Galore
After scoring only one Premier League goal in the entire month of October, United pumped in three in the first half at the Liberty Stadium. The first was a sublime effort from Paul Pogba. The Frenchman fired in a terrific goal from outside the box.
It was followed by an Ibrahimovic brace. The Swede who has been drawing a blank in front of goal managed to turn things around. Both goals were scored from Wayne Rooney assists. Unfortunately Ibra picked up a yellow, which rules him out of the next match against Arsenal.
Pogba continues to divide opinion
Days after being heavily criticised for his underwhelming performance in the Europa League, Pogba played a crucial role in United’s victory.
First he opened United’s scoring with a fierce shot into the top corner. This seemed to be the impetus for United as the Red Devils stepped on the gas. This led to an Ibrahimovic brace which effectively sealed the game.
The Frenchman would need to continuously put in such performances to win over the United faithful.
3) Jones returns to action
United’s team sheet announced the return of Phil Jones. This marked the first appearance of the season for the injury prone defender.
Jones, who joined United from Blackburn in 2011, has suffered a succession of injuries over the years. This has prevented him from establishing himself in the first team.
The 2015-16 season was Jones’ worst, with just 13 first appearances. Now a string of injuries to United’s defenders seems to have temporarily opened the door was Jones. It remains to be seen how he utilizes this opportunity.
The conundrum that is Rooney
Rooney returned to the starting line up in mid-week. He managed a goal in a losing effort. The weekend once again saw Rooney in the starting line-up, this time on the left wing.
His performance ranged from the bold to the bewildering. He managed to turn in two straightforward assists for Zlatan. At the same time he managed to lose the ball occasionally.
With Ibra banned for the next match against Arsenal, there is a chance that Rooney is called up to lead the line.
Carrick’s return brings victory
United fans were treated with the assured presence of Michael Carrick in midfield. The veteran held his own, allowing Pogba and Fellaini to play further forward.
As a result Pogba covered the entire ground, while the Belgian was often found in advanced positions. With Ander Herrerra set to return from suspension, 4-3-3 seems to be the way forward.