Bafetimi Gomis kills Manchester United's unbeaten Streak
Goals from Andre Ayew and Bafetimi Gomis saw Swansea City end Manchester United’s unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium.
Louis van Gaal will be sick of playing the Welsh outfit and trying to come out with ways to beat them. In his tenure of just over an year, Van Gaal has played Swansea City on three ocassions in the league and has not been able to milk even a point out of them. The Red Devils were devoid of ideas on the day as Gary Monk’s side came back from a goal down to take all three points from the game.
In the process, Van Gaal has tasted his first defeat this season and the international break next week will give him plenty of time to assess the situation of the team. Sergios Romero who has been playing in the place of David de Gea looked less than convincing and was at fault for both the Swansea goals.
United who scored four times in the Champions League tie in the mid-week came into the game with loads of confidence but were not able to break the dead lock before the break. Memphis was once again the brigtest player on the pitch for United as he linked up well with Juan Mata on the flank. His second minute free-kick pulled out a good save from Fabianzki and this set the tone for the game.
Rooney and Mata had several half chances before the 20th minute which they could not put away as Swansea started to find their feat at the Liberty Stadium. Summer signing Andre Ayew looked more and more impressive as he linked up well with Gomis at the other end. Sigurdsson also had a chance to put the home team in front but shot inches wide of the post.
Around this time, Romero showed some nerves and gave Swansea some easy chances and Shelvy almost made them pay after he was gifted the ball. Minutes later, Gomis broke through the back line of United but could only hit the outside of Romero’s post. At half time, Gary Monk would have been relatively happy with his team performance but his team talk dint help the team as they conceded just 3 minutes into the second half.
A purposeful run from Luke Shaw down the flank gave Mata plenty of space in the middle. He slotted home without any nerves even as he was under pressure from Williams. He could have had another minutes later but Swansea had other ideas. Sigurdsson and Williams linked well to counter the United defense and the cross from Sigurdsson found Ayew whose header had a bit too much for Sergio Romero.
Not long later, Shelvy and Sigurdsson linked up well to provide a bit of space for Ayew who slid in the perfect pass to Gomis who was in no mood to let the chance go. However, his strike lacked any conviction but Romero who had one of bad days let the ball slip through his grasp. This gave Swansea the lead in the 66th minute and with more than 20 minutes to go, the match turned into an interesting affair.
Though in front, Swansea never looked like going into a shell and were still pressing high up and looking for another one. However, right at the death, Williams saved the day with a treamendously well timed tackle on Rooney who looked poised to score and gave his team all the three points.
This is the third consecutive loss for Louis van Gaal’s side against Swansea and they conceded their first goal of the season. Though the season is still young, Van Gaal can do away with results like these if he wants his team to launch a serious title challenge.
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