Swansea 2-1 Manchester United: Five Talking Points
Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis scored twice in five minutes to complete a second half comeback and inflict Manchester United’s first defeat of the season. The visitors took the lead early in the second as Juan Mata smashed Luke Shaw’s cross from close range.Within 12 minutes, a swift counter-attack by the Swans led to the equaliser as Ayew scored with a well-directed header. The Ghanian then turned provider as a splendid through ball led to Gomis’ ninth goal in ten games. The result meant that Louis Van Gaal marked his 50th game in charge with a defeat, much like his opening game against Swansea last season.Here are the major talking points from the game.
#1 Monk\'s gamble pays off
The value of a good substitution is often underestimated. Given most managers make use of their full quota each game and only rarely do substitutes get goals or assists, you often wonder why managers even bother unless someone is injured.
But thinking along those lines completely misses the point of a substitution. With his side losing and desperate to make an impact, Garry Monk brought on Ki Sung-yueng for the ineffective Wayne Routledge and that changed the complexion of the game.
Monk switched to a narrow diamond in midfield with two up front, fully aware that it meant that they would concede the advantage on the flanks. On the face of it, that might have blown up in his face, especially with Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian left with plenty of space to run into.
But what that meant was that it was two on two at the back and United’s centre backs had to split and cover for the marauding full backs. In the end, the space left by Shaw and Darmian was expertly utilised by the Swans, who made it three consecutive wins over United in the league.