Manchester United tasted defeat once again at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City recorded a second successive 2-1 win over the Reds in South Wales.
It was Swansea’s fourth win in five league and cup matches over United in what turned out to be a disappointing 50th match in charge for Louis van Gaal.
After a goalless first half, the Reds started the second period on top and went ahead through Juan Mata’s close-range finish. The advantage was shortlived however when Garry Monk’s side drew level 12 minutes later through Andre Ayew’s header. The Swans took the lead five minutes later when Ayew set up Bafetimbi Gomis to slot home.
Ander Herrera kept his place in the starting XI after his goalscoring exploits in midweek against Club Brugge and began just behind Wayne Rooney in the no.10 role. Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger were also back in the XI in two deep-lying midfield positions.
The Reds had a score to settle with Swansea having lost three of the last four league and cup meetings, including two defeats last term. And two minutes in, United drew the first save of the match from Lukasz Fabianski who dived low to his left to push away Memphis Depay’s well-struck free-kick. Seconds later Mata flashed an effort over the bar after some more positive play from United.
It took a while before the Reds’ next sight of goal came – on 19 minutes – and Swansea had their captain Ashley Williams to thank after he got across to steal the ball off Rooney’s toe after a sublime pass from Luke Shaw.
Two minutes later Memphis cut inside from the left, found Herrera who turned well inside the box and immediately found Mata who, under pressure from defenders, fired an effort just wide of Fabianski’s left-hand post.