• Juan Mata breaks the deadlock three minutes after half time 
  • Andre Ayew equalises with powerful header on the hour mark 
  • Bafetimbi Gomis goes closest, hitting post in goalless first half
  • Memphis Depay had early free kick well saved by Lukasz Fabianski 
  • United would move second with a win despite unconvincing start
  • But Swansea would leapfrog their opponents if they can earn victory 
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Manchester United travel to Swansea knowing that they need a win to keep up pressure on early-season pace-setters, and city rivals, Manchester City.

United would go second in the Premier League with a win on Sunday afternoon, but defeat would leave them five points behind the leaders after just four games.

Swansea meanwhile will be hoping to keep up their own good start to the season, knowing that a win would take them above today’s opponents, who they beat home and away last season.  

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Michael Carrick and Ashley Young come on, Schneiderlin and Mata the men replaced. 

I know he is the captain, and the only striker, but Rooney has offered next to nothing so far – LVG needs to get more out of him!

Sergio Romero is beaten at his near post by Bafetimbi Gomis

Where do United go from here? It seems incredible that they have one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the club, but not playing, while Romero makes errors like that – the first may have been saveable – the second certainly was.

Louis van Gaal looks like he is going to make a double substitution…

The turnaround is complete, and this time Ayew is the provider. A stunning pass finds Gomis between Smalling and Darmian, and he finishes, past Romero at his near post.

The keeper really should have saved that!

They say goals change games, and both goals here have seen the side that score them take a huge confidence boost.

Sigurdsson – who only moved wide right with the introduction of Ki moments before the goal – gets clear again, but Gomis can’t quite connect with his cross. 

Shelvey then blasts his shot over the bar.

It’s the home side with their tails up now.

What a move this is. When Rooney loses the ball 30 yards from goal there shouldn’t be much of a danger, but Swansea break brilliantly.

Sigurdsson goes down the right and crosses for Ayew, who powers home a header, his third goal in four games for Swansea. 

United playing with real purpose at the moment, as Herrera slides Mata in on goal. From close range, but a tight angle, the Spaniard sees his shot saved.

It has been extremely difficult to score against Manchester United this season – no team has managed it in the league – but Swansea will have to if they are to get anything out of this game.

Garry Monk decides the way to do it is with a change, Ki on for Routledge. 

Good play from Luke Shaw – United have really perked up since the goal, and it’s their fans in good voice now.

The England defender again gets down the left, before standing up a delightful cross – but Rooney’s header is tame. 

That goal was Juan Mata’s 50th in English football

Unbelievable stop from Fabianski keeps the score at 1-0 – United almost doubling their lead within a minute of the first goal.

A seemingly innocuous cross is almost diverted over his own keeper by Williams, but the Polish stopper acrobatically pushes it away. Top save. 

It says Juan Mata on the scoresheet but this goal is all about Luke Shaw. HE carries the ball down the left, sends in a wicked cross – which Swansea make a real hash of defending – and Mata arrives at the far post to smash it into the roof of the net.

United’s first attack of the second half and they are ahead. 

Daley Blind, what are you doing here? With Gomis miles offside he dallies over a clearance before panicking and playing Matteo Darmian into trouble.

The Italian brings down Routledge and, from nothing, Swansea have a free kick in a dangerous position. 

Jonjo Shelvey goes directly for goal, but straight at the keeper. 

Sigurdsson, Gomis and Shelvey stand over the ball in the centre circle, a short blast of the whistle and we’re up and running again. 

Gomis immediately heads back to Daley Blind… that could be a key battle in this second half. 

Wayne Rooney is leading the line for Manchester United – but he’s barely touched the ball inside the opposing box. 

In fact he’s touched the ball fewer times than any other United player anywhere on the pitch. That’s not a great sign!

Here’s his pitch map – and remember you can get more stats and facts with our brilliant Match Zone

United may have bossed possession, but the home side have had the better chances in this first half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson went just wide, Bafetimbi Gomis hit the post and, it’s fair to say, Louis van Gaal does not look happy.

Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney have had decent chances for United, but they’ve not really looked like scoring. 

Gylfi Sigurdsson goes close

Gomis’s shot beats Romero but hits the close

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal reacts in the dugout

It all eased up a little bit towards the end of that half, but we’ve had plenty of chances in this game. 

Neither keeper has been forced to work too hard though, at least not since a fine Lukasz Fabianski save after about 90 seconds. 

Bafetimbi Gomis has hit the post though, and Swansea certainly grew into that half. 

Take a breather, and we’ll be back again for more!

Here is that Smalling tackle on Jack Cork from earlier – he won the ball, but you can see just how far he sent Cork flying!

If Jonjo Shelvey is going to be a regular England international what better test than playing against Bastian Schweinsteiger? 

Well so far he’s dealt with that test very well, just shading that battle I would say. 

Wayne Routledge has just become the third player in the book in a matter of minutes, another silly pull-back, much like Memphis Depay’s. 

Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey battle for the ball

This game is so vibrant for 0-0, it really is. Jonjo Shelvey is the latest to show some defensive brilliance, halting Memphis with a magnificent sliding tackle. 

Moments later the Dutchman is booked for pulling back Kyle Naughton. 

Well played Luke Shaw – he snuffs out the danger of a really good Swansea attack, having to deal with both Routledge and Gomis, and timing his interception.

The next time Swansea come forward Morgan Schneiderlin throws himself into a needless challenge and is rightly booked. Sergio Romero almost drops the free kick – but just holds on!

The quality of shooting in this game really hasn’t lived up to the rest of the game – which has been pretty absorbing. 

Herrera is the latest to miss the target, firing low and past the post from 25 yards. 

He may have rediscovered his shooting boots in midweek, but Wayne Rooney still doesn’t look very fluent up front.

Played in by a delicious Herrera through ball, he tries to chip Fabianski – only managing to float the ball into the keeper’s hands. Another chance goes begging. 

Daley Blind does not look comfortable – mostly it’s been Gomis terrorising him, this time it’s Ayew, but again it needs Smalling to help him out. The big man has been superb, and has had to be so far!

Bafetimbi Gomis has been a real handful already, particularly for Daley Blind

This is a pulsating game of football, and Chris Smalling has come to the party, charging out of defence, running with the ball, steamrollering Jack Cork and getting on with the game. 

Suprisingly – though probably rightly – that wasn’t called a foul. But it is one fo several heavy tackles we’ve seen already, and it has got the crowd worked up. 

Swansea City’s Ashley Williams was earlier penalised for this crunching tackle

Swansea are getting closer. A long free kick into the box after Smalling fouled Ayew sees Gomis’ touch fall for Sigurdsson.

The former Spurs man shoots first time, but it goes just wide of the far post, with the keeper beaten.

The chances keep coming, too, as Romero almost immediately fluffs a clearance to Jonjo Shelvey, who volleys at goal but not quite over the keeper. 

And now a third chance in quick succession, brilliant from Gomis, who twists away from two defenders in the box before hitting the outside of the post. 

What a spell from the hosts.

Sloppy from United, and they are almost made to pay. Bastian Schweinsteiger is caught in possession in the middle of the park, first by Ayew and then by Shelvey.

It’s played over the top for Gomis, who brings the ball down beautifully before shooting. 

The effort, though, is wild, high and wide. Sergio Romero still untested. 

Another very presentable chance for United, again they fail to get a shot on target. Herrera does brilliantly inside the box to feed Juan Mata down the right, but he drags his shot into the side netting. 

Swansea a bit fortunate there. 

What an opportunity for Wayne Rooney! He is put in behind by a lovely Luke Shaw pass, and is through on goal, but his touch lets him down and Ashley Williams gets across before he can shoot. 

That’s poor, he should have done better. 

I’m not sure I like this from Ander Herrara. He is fouled in midfield – and there is no doubt it is a foul – but United get the advantage.

The Spaniard rolls around on the floor until he sees the ball is about to be put into the box – at which point he jumps up, clearly fine, and tries to get on the end of it.

Not good to see. The move eventually earns United a corner, but the danger goes when Smalling is penalised for a high foot. 

Jonjo Shelvey owes Jack Cork, his midfielde partner, a beverage or two after that! He gives the ball away in a dangerous midfielder, only to see Cork win it back immediately. There could have been trouble there but for that excellent tackle.

United have dominated possession in the first 15 minutes – they’ve had 70 per cent of it – but since about the third minute they’ve not really created anything. 

Gomis has had a brilliant start to the season, and he’s already causing plenty of trouble here. 

After United hand over possession the striker steals in between the two centre halves, but his eventual backheel is over-ambitious, and slows the attack, which breaks down soon after. 

Still, some positive signs from the big man. 

This is an interesting one – Williams with another heavy tackle, and little doubt he got the ball, but did he come through Schweinsteiger to get it? That’s what Martin Atkinson thinks, penalising the Welsh defender.

It’s been a weekend where we’ve seen that you can be called for, even sent off for, over-aggressive tackles even if you get the ball. But just a free kick this time. 

An absolutelty crunching challenge from Ashley Williams on Ander Herrera almost breaks for Bafetimbi Gomis 40 yards away, but Chris Smalling is there to intercept. 

Swansea have now started to get a bit more control of the ball, with most of the play in midfield. 

Again that tactic – with Routledge using his pace to run in behind Darmian – is being utilised by Swansea. But, again, Darmian deals with it well, tracking across to the left hand side of defence with his man. 

Interesting to see that region being targeted early on – Darmian has looked pretty solid so far.

the home side haven’t had a kick for four minutes, and when they finally get the ball Shelvey looks immediately for the pace of Routledge in behind. Darmian gets there first though, nodding it back to Romero. 

Another nice piece of interplay, another shot for United, as Mata fires over from the edge of the box. Vibrant start from Louis van Gaal’s side.

United started fast against Newcastle last week before fading away, and they’ve done so again here. 

Within 20 seconds Wayne Rooney has fed the ball right, before it is worked for a Schneiderlin shot, blocked on the edge of the box by Shelvey.

Seconds later Naughton is penalised on the edge of the box, and Memphis curls the free kick through the wall, bringing a very good save from Fabianski. 

What a start!

Cracking atmosphere in South Wales – the players are greeted by a cacophony of noise! 

It’s not an easy place to come the Liberty. Swansea’s pre-match huddle is complete as songs reverberate around the ground. Here we go!

It’s a big week for Chris Coleman, with Wales closing in on Euro 2016. He’s in the directors’ box at the Liberty Stadium today to watch Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor.

Just before we get going, a word about Swansea’s midfield star Jonjo Shelvey. Once something of a laughing stock at Liverpool, he is expected to be picked for England in Roy Hodgson’s squad this afternoon. 

His international captain, Wayne Rooney, singles him out for a handshake in the tunnel. If the former Charlton midfielder can have a good game, Swansea certainly have a chance!

We had a day of shocks yesterday, with Chelsea and Liverpool losing at home – can Swansea keep that going? And would it even be a shock (yes, yes it would!).

The players are just getting ready to come out, so not long until we find out!

Right, just under 15 minutes until kick-off, which I think makes it time to make your predictions? 

The smart money is surely on 2-1 to Swansea – that was the score when the two sides met last season, both here and at Old Trafford. 

But United have started this season far better, and have added the likes of Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger and Darmian – so perhaps this time they can over-come their Garry Monk problem…

Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United warms up

Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Matteo Darmian warm up at the Liberty Stadium.

The early Super Sunday game is all over, and Southampton have won it 3-0

All attention now turns to the Liberty Stadium now for the final Premier League game of the weekend!

The big Swansea team news, of course, was the absence of Jefferson Montero through injury. The winger has been absolutely electric so far, making utter mincemeat of more than one full back in the early weeks of the season.

Wayne Routledge comes in for him today. He has plenty of pace, but Montero will be sorely missed. 

Sergio Romero has welcomed the challenge of competition for his place as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper, insisting he’s not afraid of who that may be.

‘I am always prepared to fight for my career,’ he said. ‘It has often been that way.’

The Argentine has had a mightily impressive start to his United career it has to be said, with four clean sheets in five games.

Should David de Gea, if he stays past Tuesday, get his place back straight away?

He opened his account for the season in midweek with a fine hat-trick as United cruised through Champions League qualifying, but Wayne Rooney will be hoping to get off the mark in the Premier League today. 

The man himself will be hoping it isn’t three defeats from three against Swansea, as he aims to close the gap on Manchester City.

United can climb to second today with victory, two points behind their bitter rivals.

Quite a big statement from Swansea boss Garry Monk, who claimed he doesn’t get the same buzz he used to from beating Manchester United, especially considering this is just his second full season in management!

But still, two wins out of two so far over Louis van Gaal is not bad going. Can he make it three from three today?

Swansea City manager Garry Monk arriving at the Liberty Stadium

We’ve still got one game to be completed before it’s all eyes on Swansea v Manchester United. 

Over on the south coast, Southampton are cruising at 3-0 up against 10-man Norwich. Feel free to check out what’s going on over there HERE, where there are just under 10 minutes left to play.

We’re told that Montero injured his thigh in training. That’s a huge loss for Swansea – he’s been excellent this season.


While the big news for Swansea is that they have made just the one change as Wayne Routledge comes in for the injured Jefferson Montero.

Swansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Routledge, Gomis

Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Ki Sung-Yueng, Dyer, Eder

The big early team news coming from the Manchester United camp is that Ander Herrera starts!

Manchester United XI: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera, Memphis, Rooney

Subs: Johnstone, McNair, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Fellaini, Chicharito

Ander Herrera of Manchester United shakes hands with supporters as he arrives

It’s been quite the weekend of football so far, but it isn’t quite over yet.

We’ve got one more game to go and it’s an absolute biggie. Swansea v Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium! Kick-off is at 4pm, team news will follow very shortly…



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