Second half double sees Swansea down Manchester United

Bafetimbi Gomis scored yet again for Swansea
Bafetimbi Gomis scored yet again for Swansea

Swansea City scored twice in six second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Manchester United.

Sigurdsson whipped in a cross from the right and Ayew headed it home past Romero on 61 minutes, before the Swans got a quick-fire second just five minutes later.

Quick-fire goals from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis ended United's unbeaten start to the Premier League and ensured it is three wins in a row over the Red Devils for Garry Monk's side, who are yet to taste defeat in the league so far.

The visitors started the game strongly and Memphis Depay tested Lukasz Fabianski with an early free-kick before Juan Mata shot wide after being set up by Wayne Rooney.

Mata wasted a glorious chance, and United's best of the first half, when he was set up inside the box by Ander Herrera but the Spaniard was closed down quickly and ended up meekly dragging a poor effort wide of the target.

The visitors were in control of possession for large periods of the first half, but Swansea came close to taking a surprise lead with a flurry of chances just before the half hour mark.

First Gylfi Sigurdsson had a glimpse of goal after the ball broke to him in the box following a neat quick free-kick from Jonjo Shelvey, but he dragged his shot narrowly wide. Moments later, Shelvey almost embarrassed goalkeeper Sergio Romero with a lob after his poor kick landed at the midfielder.

Gomis then cut between two defenders into the United box and saw his clever outside-of-the-foot effort strike against the outside of the post.

The teams went in level at half-time but only four minutes after the restart Mata struck for United to score his 50th goal in English football. It was all down to hard work from Luke Shaw as he got forward down the left flank and his cross evaded Rooney in the centre and found its way through to Mata at the back post, who put the ball into the roof of the net.

Fabianski came to Ashley Williams' rescue when he kept out a horribly sliced clearance that looked like it could be going into his own net, before Swansea responded well to going behind and took control just after the hour mark.

Sigurdsson whipped in a cross from the right and Ayew headed it home past Romero on 61 minutes, before the Swans got a quick-fire second just five minutes later.

This time Ayew was the provider and he found Gomis with a fantastic pass to send his strike partner into the box. Gomis slid the ball under Romero into the net but the United keeper will feel he should have done better as the striker didn't make a proper connection to beat him at the near post.

United threw on Marouane Fellaini with 15 minutes remaining and proceeded to go long towards the big Belgian from the off. However, this tactic failed to work on far too many occasions as United struggled to break through a resolute Swansea backline and really create any chances in the closing stages.

Rooney did have one glorious chance for United as he skipped past Federico Fernandez into the Swansea box, but the home skipper Williams did tremendously to get back and put in a last-ditch tackle to deny him.

In the end Swansea hung on for a hard-fought win as Monk's side preserved their own unbeaten start to the season and moved into the Premier League top four as a result.

The scoreline poses lots of questions for manager Louis van Gaal as United looked fairly toothless in attack and fans certainly won't have been impressed with the performance of Romero in their net.

George Preston,

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