Manchester United 1-2 Swansea: Work to do for van Gaal as Swans shine

Swansea City defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday lunch-time.

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Swansea City in a match that was supposed to signify a bright new era under Louis van Gaal, but instead was reminiscent of last season's woes.

United started brightly in the Dutchman's news 3-5-2 formation, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock courtesy of a fine finish from Ki Sung-yueng.

Van Gaal had sprung a couple of surprises by giving competitive debuts to Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard, but the latter did not make it to half-time, replaced by Adnan Januzaj after suffering a knee injury.

Swansea were good value for their lead but United were a different side in the second period after switching to a 4-4-2 formation.  Wayne Rooney equalised with an overhead kick but new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson put Garry Monk's side back into the lead with 18 minutes to play.

That was how it ended, with United reverting to the long-balls and disappointing crosses that blighted much of David Moyes' time at the club.

Van Gaal has a lot of work to do, but Monk can hold his head high after a job very well done.

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