EPL 2016/17: Swansea 1-3 Manchester United - 5 talking points
Manchester United saw off Swansea at the Liberty Stadium to end a four-game winless streak in the Premier League. Goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United 0-3 up by the 33rd minute before defender Mike van der Hoorn’s header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross brought Bob Bradley’s side back into the game. United would, however, quench any miraculous Swansea comeback as they regained control for the final quarter of the game.
Here are some of the talking points from the game at Wales.
#1 United put their poor form behind them
Manchester United arguably dominated proceedings from start to finish. Paul Pogba fitted perfectly into a free role, allowing the team to play around him. His superb volley to open the scoring for United summed up a brilliant outing for the world-record signing. Rooney – who has been under fire for months – seemed to carry the confidence from his screamer against Fenerbahce by putting in an energetic performance from the left side of midfield.
Zlatan ended his goalscoring drought with a brace, taking advantage of below-par defending from Swansea on both occasions. Michael Carrick – who was recalled to the starting eleven – provided the insurance as a third centre-back which allowed Jose Mourinho’s side to drive forward. It was a result and the confidence United badly needed ahead of a crunch Premier League fixture against Arsenal in two weeks’ time.