It was all talks and no action for Van Gaal and the Red Devils, as they tasted their first defeat of the season in Wales against Swansea, and conceded 2 in five minutes while having 3 cleansheets so far since the new season began. Van Gaal had stated this week that United were better prepared for a revenge match against the Swans, but I believe either he does not really understand well what he’s saying or has become overconfident. It was a sense of déjà vu for United, as despite a good start with Depay forcing a save from a freekick in the early minutes, Swansea took control of the game as they created more dangerous attacks at the other end, and with for the first time United’s defense looking really frail. Gomis came close as he struck the post, while United failed to really trouble Swansea at the other end, with Rooney once again back to his own forlorn self and not managing to lead the front line as required. Both teams were levelled thou at half-time, and despite yet another scare in the beginning of the second half, it was United which scored first, as Shaw’s cross was met by Mata at the far post and he propelled the ball in the net.
But Swansea have the character to bounce back, and did so on the 61st minute, as Sigurdsson’s cross was headed in by an unmarked Ayew in the box, with Smalling completely forgetting about his man there. United were a goal down 5 minutes later, as Ayew’s cheeky pass was tucked in by Gomis, with Smalling yet again caught out, while Romero’s hesitancy contributed to the goal as well. Rooney had a chance to level matters in the closing minutes as he got clean through on goal, but seemed like he wanted to walk with the ball into the net, and Williams was quicker than him to put his body in opposition as he raced back to defend, and did so brilliantly to leave a frustrated Rooney on the grass. Swansea has been the bogey side for United since Van Gaal took over, as every time these 2 teams met, the Red Devils did not even manage to even take 1 point from the encounters, and once again, despite leading, they lost the game, but credits also to Monk, who switched formation and turned his team into a winning one, while Van Gaal’s response was to send on Fellaini and try to find him with long range crosses which were easily dealt with by the defenders at the other end. The hunt for that special striker and defender should be on if United really want to finish high in the table, and the deadline day is coming quickly.