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Published: 14:45 | 19/8/17

Man United hit Swansea for four

Man United maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season with a commanding 4-0 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Eric Bailly gave United the lead in the tie just before the break as he finished home from close range after Paul Pogba’s header had crashed off the bar and deflected into the path of the onrushing Bailly.

The Swans held firm until the 80th minute of the second half, when United’s superiority finally shone through with three goals in five minutes. New signing Romelu Lukaku finished off a flowing United move involving Anthony Martial and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Pogba then dinked the third over Lukasz Fabianski after being played into the box by Mkhitarayan. And Martial then got the fourth as Pogba played him in, with the striker finishing low to the corner of the net.

Jordan Ayew almost caught David de Gea offguard early doors, whipping in a near-post cross that deflected off the crossbar and and behind, while in and end-to-end opening, Lukaku drove into the box and crossed deep for Mkhitaryan, allowing the Swans to clear their lines. Juan Mata’s delivery from an early free-kick was met by Phil Jones, with the defender smashing a headed effort against the crossbar.

Having seen a flurry of activity inside the opening ten minutes, the game then fell into a more mundane period as Swansea sat deep and United proved unable to find the connectivity to unlock the Welsh side. Marcus Rashford had the next chance of note, ten minutes before the interval, as he got on the end of a poor Alfie Mawson back pass, only to direct his effort on goal tamely at Fabianski in nets.

The goal that United most certainly deserved came just before the interval. A corner from the left was met by a bullet header from Pogba, with Fabianski diving to his right to tip the effort onto the bar, only for Bailly to be first on the follow-up as he drove the ball home from point-blank range.

Just after the hour, Swansea could have levelled. Thomas Caroll got away down the left and whipped  a ball into the box, where Tammy Abraham had plenty of space to exploit but could only head over the bar.

United held firm without providing any huge threat until their goal flurry in the closing ten minutes of normal time. New boy Lukaku was the man on the end of Martial and Mkhitaryan’s build-up play, with the Belgian left with pleny of time to steady himself and finish strongly to double United’s advantage.

Play had barely been restarted when United made it three. Another sweeping move saw Mkhitaryan slip a through ball into the box for Pogba to chase onto, before lobbing Fabianski from right to left with a deft dink.

Pogba turned provider for the fourth as he slipped in Martial to pick his spot and chalk up a fourth for United for the second week running.

Image: Getty/Dan Mullan

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