Another bad season at the horizon
Of course it’s just the opening match of the 2014-2015 Premiere League Season, so early for conclusions but one thing for sure, it was definitely not a good start for Manchester United who had lost the first 3 points of the long season.
Ki Sung Yueng scored the opening goal
On the other hand a perfect start, South Korean Ki Sung Yueng scores the opening goal of the English Premiere league 2014-2015.
Full time: Manchester United 1-2 Swansea
Swansea win a league game at Old Trafford for the first time in their history. They were deserved winners: they defended superbly apart from 10 minutes either side of Wayne Rooney’s equalizer, and carried enough threat on the break.
Their goals came from Ki, a lovely finish, and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Manchester United looked what they are, a modest squad left to decay by the negligence of Sir Alex Ferguson. Van Gaal looks calm as he walks down the tunnel, signing autographs and shaking hands with a number of supporters as well as the Swansea manager Garry Monk.
Today is as much about Swansea, who look a purposeful, organized and talented side. They have now won twice at Old Trafford in 2014 – first in the FA Cup, now in the league.
90+5 min United appeal for a penalty, but Mike Dean says no. United thought it was handball by Rangel. It did hits his hand, although it would have been harsh – he was very close to the ball and had turned his back on it.
90+4 min United so nearly equalize in the last minute! A deep cross from the right found was magnetized towards the head of Fellaini, who nodded it down towards Januzaj 10 yards out. As the ball bounced up he slammed it towards goal, and it was unwittingly blocked by Rooney on the six-yard line. Fabianski may have had it covered, mind you.
90+1 min “You don’t have to test me, or I can be irritated.”
90 min There will be four minutes of added time.
89 min Young wafts a cross straight out of play. United don’t look like scoring. Van Gaal got them back in the game with the switch to 4-2-3-1, but I’d love to know the logic for bringing on that imbecilic lummox Fellaini in place of Herrera.
88 min Rooney swears at one of his team-mates, and BT Sport apologize for his language. It wasn’t a full “what, effing what?” moment or anything like that.
87 min The greatest trick Sir Alex Ferguson ever pulled was convincing the world he left a decent legacy. This United team is useless!
86 min Young is booked for an inept piece of defending after being done by Routledge.
85 min Young’s long-range shot is comfortably held by the sprawling Fabianski.
84 min The lesson of this game is that, as good as he clearly is, there are some things not even Louis van Gaal can polish.
83 min Blackett is booked for a foul on Gomis. Moments earlier, Shelvey went through Mata. He’s already booked and so, like Fellaini, probably should have been sent off.
82 min Ki fouls Fellaini, who elbows him in the face in frustration. Ki is booked. Fellaini will probably get a three-match ban this week as he caught Ki in the face. Fellaini’s really not very bright, is he?
81 min An ingenious flick behind the standing leg from Sigurdsson puts Gomis through on goal, and Jones lumbers round from right back to make a goal-saving clearance.
80 min A dangerous inswinging free-kick from Young comes off the moisturised pate of Shelvey and goes behind for a corner. It’s humped towards Fellaini and headed away superbly by Williams.
79 min As the situation has become more urgent, so United’s passing has become slower. Or maybe it’s to do with the substitutoin of Fellaini for Herrera, which was a pretty surprising move.
78 min The lively Montero runs Jones down the left, and Jones shows a surprising turn of pace to make an important slide tackle.
77 min The final substitution: Bony off, the new boy Bafetimbi Gomis on.
76 min United need to get Januzaj on the ball much more. He has been the most dangerous attacker on the pitch by a mile.
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