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August 17, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 20733‎
 
Top of the Match
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Manchester United
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Manchester United
Flop of the Match
Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams
Swansea City
Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams
Swansea City

Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United: Van Persie and Welbeck doubles get champions off to winning start

The Red Devils picked up all three points in David Moyes' first Premier League game in charge with a comfortable 4-1 win at the Liberty Stadium

EPL - Swansea City v Manchester United, Danny Welbeck
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Manchester United began the defense of its Premier League title under new manager David Moyes with a comfortable 4-1 win against Swansea.

Two eye-catching goals from Robin van Persie, either side of an effort from Danny Welbeck, gave the Red Devils a commanding three-goal lead at the Liberty Stadium.

Micheal Laudrup's men pulled a goal back through league debutant Wilfried Bony but Welbeck rounded off the win for the visitors with a well-taken second goal scooped over Michel Vorm.

Following his performance for England against Scotland on Wednesday, Moyes named Wayne Rooney on the bench, as speculation over his future at Old Trafford continued.

The United boss instead preferred to use Van Persie as a lone striker, with Ryan Giggs and Welbeck providing support.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup gave a debut to Jose Canas, although Bony had to settle for a place on the bench.

The better of the early chances fell to the visitors - Phil Jones seeing an early volley tipped over the crossbar by Vorm while Giggs wasted two good opportunities with a rare lack of composure.

But United’s early dominance was turned into goals just after the half hour with two in as many minutes.

First, Van Persie broke the deadlock with a piece of excellent opportunism. The Dutchman controlled a ball from Giggs on his chest, swiveled and emphatically volleyed the ball past Vorm.

And a few moments later, Welbeck doubled the lead, as the striker tapped home from a Valencia cross after the Swansea defense had failed to clear Patrice Evra’s dangerous cross.

With his side chasing the game, Laudrup introduced Ivory Coast striker Bony and Pablo Hernandez at the start of the second half, and slowly Swansea worked its way back into the game.

Their clearest sight of goal came just before the hour when a loose ball fell to Canas on the edge of the penalty area, but his long-range effort sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

United, having introduced Rooney, extended its lead with 18 minutes to play as Van Persie grabbed his second of the match.

The Swansea defense backed off as he bore down on goal, before the Dutchman jinked away from a Chico Flores tackle and fired the ball beyond Vorm's outstretched dive into the top corner.

Bony capped his Premier League debut with a goal, the Ivorian stroking the ball home first time from inside the penalty area after excellent work from Hernandez, but his strike with eight minutes to play ultimately mattered little.

Welbeck added his second in the final minute of injury time, the striker calmly lifting the ball over Vorm from a tight angle despite close attention from Chico, to seal the win for United. 

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Swansea City

1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
2.00
4
Chico
Defender
2.00
6
Ashley Williams
Defender
2.00
22
Ángel Rangel
Defender
2.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
2.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
46′
2.50
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
3.00
9
Michu
Midfielder
3.00
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
2.50
15
Wayne Routledge
Midfielder
46′
2.50
21
José Cañas
Striker
3′ 76′
3.00

Manchester United

2.50
1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
2.50
4
Phil Jones
Defender
2.00
5
2.50
15
3.00
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
34′ 61′
2.50
16
2.50
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
45′
2.50
25
3.00
19
4.00
20

Substitutes

25
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2
Jordi Amat
Defender
 - 
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
 - 
11
2.50
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
76′
 - 
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
 - 
10
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
12
 - 
35
 - 
8
Anderson
Midfielder
86′
2.00
10
 - 
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
 - 
36
Wilfried Zaha
Midfielder

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Results
 
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
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0