Louis Van Gaal and Co. were completely disillusioned today, as after coming out of a “perfect” pre-season, the Red Devils were given a bitter taste of defeat by Swansea at Old Trafford as the two teams kicked off the EPL season 2014-2015, reminding them that pre-season games are just friendlies, while real competition is something else. Van Gaal gave starts to Lingard and Blackett, the latter coming on to replace the injured Shaw in defense, with LVG sticking to his 3-5-2 formation at kickoff. However, United looked proned to be caught in this formation everytime Swansea broke, and were indeed caught on the 28th minute when Ki found the net for the visitors with a shot from the edge of the box to beat De Gea in goal. United could hardly respond, and at half time, LVG decided to bring in Nani for Chicharito and move Young to left back to switch to a 4-4-1-1 formation. The response was a positive one as Rooney found the net on the 53rd minute to equalize but Sigurdsson made United pay the price on the 72nd minute following some bad defending yet again, and his shot somehow found the back of the net despite De Gea’s desperate attempt to claw the ball out. United could not muster a comeback, and had to bow down, with a very concerned LVG on the bench.
Hailed as the new Scholes, Herrera failed to impact on the match, while Rooney looked subdued as well despite being the captain, and having had a good pre-season build-up. The defense was once again the weak point for United, but with them out of European competitions, reinforcements are reluctant to join despite a vast amount of money made available for eventual transfers. LVG has a huge task on hand to make this team climb up the levels, as this United team no longer instills fear in the opponents, and give up too easily as well when things start to go wrong.