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August 17, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 20733‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 1-4 Manchester United

Robin Van Persie was the star of the show as an impressive home side full of confidence were beaten by a performance full of class from the ever-brilliant Dutchman

By Ben Cullimore

  • Michel Vorm
    12
    14
    2.00

    Michel Vorm

    Hardly at fault for two wonderful goals from Van Persie and was let down by his defence for Welbeck's close-range tap-in.

  • Chico
    7
    19
    2.00

    Chico

    Had a troublesome time dealing with Van Persie and could have done better dealing with the second goal.

  • Ashley Williams
    4
    30
    2.00

    Ashley Williams Flop of the Match

    Also struggled against Van Persie and was beaten with ease by the Dutchman for the third goal.

  • Ángel Rangel
    11
    15
    2.50

    Ángel Rangel

    Got forward well and used his strength to force himself through the United midfield. Pushed further up the pitch as the game went on and joined an impressive attacking force.

  • Ben Davies
    8
    13
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    Was arguably was at fault for United's second goal when he left Valencia to deal with Van Persie, but redeemed himself afterwards with a strong performance, particularly when attacking down the left flank.

  • Leon Britton
    3
    14
    2.50

    Leon Britton

    Formed a impressive partnership with Canas in the middle of midfield before being replaced by Wilfried Bony at half-time.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    26
    16
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Oozed confidence going forward and was an important part of an impressive Swansea midfield. Dropped deeper in the second half and dictated the play intelligently.

  • Michu
    32
    9
    3.00

    Michu

    Constantly pressurised the United defence and muscled his way through an uncomfortable-looking back four on a number of occasions. Showed great understanding with Bony.

  • Nathan Dyer
    13
    13
    2.50

    Nathan Dyer

    Used his pace to great effect and played a pivotal role down the right flank, darting to and from the wing and the middle of the pitch.

  • Wayne Routledge
    8
    14
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Had an impressive first half on the left wing before being substituted for Hernandez at half-time.

  • José Cañas
    18
    14
    3.00

    José Cañas

    Started his first Premier League game in aggressive fashion and constantly found himself in the thick of it from then onwards. Handled the pressures well, however, and impressed in his deep role.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Hernández
    20
    9
    2.50

    Pablo Hernández

    Came on for Routledge alongside Bony at half-time and became an important part of a reinvigorated Swansea attacking force.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    10
    15

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Replaced an impressive Canas with less than quarter of an hour left to play and had little opportunity to make too much of an impact.

  • Wilfried Bony
    47
    7
    3.50

    Wilfried Bony

    Came on for Britton at half time and immediately took his place at the forefront of the Swansea attack. Showed great understanding with Michu and scored a well-deserved late goal

  • David de Gea
    96
    13
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Largely untroubled, despite being beaten by an offside goal from Michu midway through the first half.

  • Patrice Evra
    73
    19
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Attacked well down the left wing but often looked uncomfortable when defending against a Swansea side full of attacking power.

  • Phil Jones
    68
    24
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Did what was required of him, keeping the Swansea attack at bay for 82 minutes.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    65
    36
    2.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Misplaced a few passes and found it difficult to deal with Bony in the second half.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    100
    15
    2.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Formed a good partnership with Jones and grew in confidence and ability as the game wore on.

  • Ryan Giggs
    69
    30
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Was brilliant in the middle of midfield before being substituted for Rooney after an hour, and showed his ability with a great lofted ball to set up Van Persie's opening goal.

  • Michael Carrick
    65
    21
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Largely anonymous in the middle of the field but got back when needed and helped to kickstart United's important counterattacking movements.

  • Tom Cleverley
    54
    33
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Had a similar game to Carrick but nonetheless did the job that was asked of him, both in attack and defence.

  • Antonio Valencia
    100
    11
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Set up Welbeck's first goal with a selfless deft pass, and played well when United broke away on a counterattack.

  • Danny Welbeck
    119
    15
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Started looking uncomfortable but grew in confidence as the game wore on. Was in the right place at the right time for the second goal, which forced his side into action, and then wrapped up the win with a clever fourth goal.

  • Robin van Persie
    172
    15
    4.00

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    Showed world-class technical ability to volley his side into the lead, before playing an important part in their second goal just moments later. Fired a rocket of a shot past Vorm for the third goal and was the star of the show. Constantly a thorn in the side of the Swansea defence.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    59
    12

    Anderson

    Replaced Van Persie but was only on the pitch for an uneventful five minutes.

  • Wayne Rooney
    150
    23
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Came on for Giggs after an hour and announced his return by setting up Welbeck for his second goal of the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2