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Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku Lead Manchester United to Easy Win over Swansea

Posted: August 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Manchester United ran riot for the second week in succession in the Premier League, as three late goals in the space of four minutes inspired them to an emphatic 4-0 win over hosts Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

At the end of a first half United dominated, it was Eric Bailly who was most alert in the penalty area to prod home from close range after Paul Pogba’s header rattled the crossbar.

Swansea improved in the second period, but the Red Devils were far too strong in the final stages. Lukaku tucked home to make the game safe, before Pogba’s lovely finish added gloss to the scoreline. With the hosts demoralised, Anthony Martial scored for the second week running off the bench.

In the early stages, the pattern of the match was set out, as the visitors bossed the ball. Swansea retreated into a shape and sought to stifle United’s attacking talent.

The Red Devils carved out opportunities to move in front. Phil Jones was inches away from putting his team ahead when his header whacked the crossbar. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford should have done much better when he raced through on goal, inexplicably dinking his effort at a standing goalkeeper.

Pogba was struggling to get into the game, and after picking up a yellow card early in the half, the Liberty Stadium wanted him dismissed after another foul on Martin Olsson. But referee Jon Moss declined to show the yellow card; Goal’s Kris Voakes thought it was the right decision:

The Frenchman grew into the contest after that incident and was at the heart of United’s opening goal on the cusp of half-time.

Pogba guided a bullet header toward goal from the centre of the goal that smashed the underside of the crossbar, bouncing tantalisingly on the line. Bailly showed the instincts of a centre-forward to turn home the loose ball, though, giving United a deserved lead.

As we can see courtesy of Sky Sports Statto, the defender couldn’t miss with what was almost the last action of the first period:

Early in the second period, United were moving the ball around easily. Swansea, by contrast, were looking a little toothless up front, with their top scorer from last term, the injured Fernando Llorente, watching on from the stands.


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