United prove themselves as the team to beat with Swansea win

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The Premier League champions beat Michael Laudrup’s men 4-1 on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium in an impressive performance.

David Moyes got his Manchester United Premier League tenure of the perfect start on Saturday with a 4-1 win away to Swansea, showing that a change in manager does not mean the Old Trafford outfit will be a fading force.

United looked relatively comfortable throughout the encounter, and braces from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck secured the three points. The doubters were waiting in the wings ready to question Moyes’ appointment if a negative result was recorded, but they will have to wait for another week at least.

The visiting side were boosted with the partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the heart of their defence, with Phil Jones slotting in at right-back. A solid base gave United the attacking impetus to go forward and attack the hosts, with Moyes’ men looking to hit Swansea on the break at every possible opportunity.

Robin van Persie took both of his goals clinically, and will be the figurehead of the United attack again this season. However, Danny Welbeck’s brace will be a real boost for the player and the club, as the forward looks to build on solid recent performances with a goal threat.

Welbeck would be the first to admit that he did not score enough goals last season, but has been in fine form recently. Excellent performances against Wigan in the Community Shield and for England on international duty were backed up with another great outing here. United need players to alleviate the sole goalscoring burden on Van Persie’s shoulders, and Welbeck will hope his brace will be the start of a season loaded with goals.

Getting Wayne Rooney back into the fray will be a relief for Moyes also, as speculation over the forward’s future continues to be banded about in the press. The England international played a sublime pass to allow Welbeck to round off the win and will hope to get back to full match fitness in coming weeks.

Moyes’ choice to play Antonio Valencia ahead of Wilfried Zaha was an interesting one, as the Ecuador international started from the bench in United’s win in the Community Shield, while the new man impressed. Valencia had an inconsistent campaign last season and will look to get back to the form that he displayed in his early days at Old Trafford.

Chelsea are next up for United next Monday night, which will be a real test of the champions’ title credentials. Moyes will want to get one over Jose Mourinho with a win, and the early signs are that it is business as usual for the Old Trafford side.

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