June 17, 2019

Manchester United Suffer First Loss of the Season


By Derrick Kiplagat

Manchester United suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea came from a goal behind to beat the Red Devils 2-1. United went ahead through Juan Mata but Gary Monk’s men fought back brilliantly through the lethal strike force of Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew to hand United their first defeat of the season.

United dominated the game at the start and created two chances in the first 20 minutes. First, Luke Shaw threaded a perfectly weighed through ball to Wayne Rooney, and after scoring a Hat-trick in midweek the fans anticipated the net bursting but Swans Captain Ashley Williams managed to recover well and prevent the striker from getting his shot away.

United maintained their cool on the ball and this paid off in the second half when Juan Mata gave the visitors the lead. The goal was a product of Luke Shaw’s endeavor down the left flank, marauding into a promising position teasing the ball across, with the Swansea defenders failing to cut it out before reaching Mata at the back post where the Spaniard could make no mistake from close range as he lifted the ball into the roof of the net.

Swansea soon regained confidence and equalized in the hour mark with a well worked goal on the break. Rooney had lost possession and the Swans took full advantage, with Williams moving forward to find Sigurdsson on the right, whose pinpoint cross was headed in by Ayew in the first goal to breach United’s defense this season.

To win the game, Gomis received a nice pass from Ghanaian attacker Ayew, from the right to send home the second of the night near post, Romero letting the ball slide past him. Suddenly the game turned upside down for the Red Devils and this will leave Van Gaal and Ed Woodward with plenty to ponder on before the transfer window closes on Tuesday evening.

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