Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea came from behind to win 2-1.
Juan Mata appeared to have put Louis van Gaal’s side on course for victory with a brave finish, only for Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis to swing things in the hosts’ favour.
Here are five thing we learned:
- Romero is not good enough to be United No1
Would David De Gea have saved both Swansea goals? Possibly. The very fact we’re asking the question suggests Sergio Romero is not up to the job.
How United left themselves in this mess with time ticking down in the window is anyone’s guess. It’s been badly handled, the whole “will he, won’t he?” dilemma over De Gea.
But one thing’s for sure, they haven’t covered all bases because Romero is not good enough to fill De Gea’s place on a long term basis.
2. Wayne Rooney needs support
It would be unthinkable for Louis Van Gaal not to sign a striker.
In fact, it would represent a huge gamble bordering on reckless management.
It’s not that Rooney won’t score goals but United are already struggling in front of goals. Four games, just three goals.
United need more options, depth and support for Rooney. And also they need more goals. They surely can’t win the title scoring so few goals.
3. Chris Smalling is a different player
Remember the error prone Manchester United defender? Well, he’s been replaced with a new, improved Chris Smalling.
Smalling is going from strength to strength and now looks the real deal.
He looks big, commanding, decisive and quick. He’s got all the attributes and has become United’s defensive kingpin.
4. Ayew is one of the signings of the summer
And guess what? He joined on a free. It typifies Swansea’s clever and shrewd business in the transfer market.
The Ghanian midfielder scored one and made one. He’s a terrific player, full of energy, ideas and has a goal threat.
He’s improved Swansea and for good value and business, there have been few better deals incoming into the Premier League during the summer window. So far, of course.
5. Jonjo Shelvey is worth an England call
He’s been in the England squad before but lost his way after winning a cap against San Marino. Now he could get his next cap against San Marino in England’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
The feeling is the Swansea midfielder will get a call-up when the England squad is announced on Sunday night.
Swansea boss Garry Monk has managed him brilliantly, managed his personality and character and got the best out of him on the football pitch.
He’s powerful, strong and has an eye for a pass. Lots of potential.
As reported by the Mirror