Swansea 2 Manchester U 1
Manchester United Factsbook Report: Swansea 2 Manchester United 1, Liberty Stadium, English Premier League, February 21, 2015. Manchester United had suffered an unexpected 2-1 defeat against Swansea City at Old Trafford on the opening day of the 2014-15 season and, as fate would have it, they lost by the exact same score when they played The Swans at the Liberty Stadium in February 2015.
During their previous ten Premier League games, Manchester United had overcome Liverpool, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City, and Burnley, drawn with Aston Villa, Tottenham, Stoke City, and West Ham United, and tasted defeat against Southampton. Swansea City, meanwhile, had defeated Hull City, Aston Villa, and Southampton, drawn with Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, and Sunderland, and been beaten by Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea, and West Bromwich Albion. The Welshmen, who had switched to a midfield diamond, dominated the early skirmishes, but it was Manchester United that grabbed the lead when Angel Di Maria found midfield colleague Ander Herrera inside the eighteen-yard box, and the offensive oriented playmaker slotted a low strike into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal via Wales international Ashley Williams in the 28th minute of proceedings. But only a mere two minutes later in the match South Korean midfield orchestrator Ki Sung-yueng managed to convert a dangerous cross from ex-Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to level the score for the boys in white shirts. And then, in the 73rd minute of the fixture, the former Anfield player produced a fierce goal bound effort which was deflected into the back of the net by French frontman Bafetimbi Gomis to make the final scoreline read 2-1 in the favour of the hosts.
Following the narrow away defeat against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Louis van Gaal´s expensive Manchester United side now found themselves in fourth position in the Premier League standings with 47 points gained from 26 matches played, as much as thirteen points adrift of leaders Chelsea, who for their part were held to a surprise 1-1 draw against Premiership newcomers Burnley at their Stamford Bridge fortress. Swansea City Team: Lukasz Fabianski, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams, Jack Cork, Kyle Naughton, Neil Taylor, Wayne Routledge, Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sung-yueng Ki, Bafetimbi Gomis. Substitutes: Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Leon Britton, Marvin Emnes, Jefferson Montero, Nelson Oliveira, Gerhard Tremmel. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: Radamel Falcao, Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Victor Valdes.
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David Moyes´s Manchester United beat Swansea City 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign, but unfortunately the win was nothing but a flash in the pan.
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