17/08/2013 19:00, Report by Ben Hibbs
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The Match: Off to a flyer

both superbly taken. Worthy nods go to Rio Ferdinand at the back and two-goal Danny Welbeck.

Sub-plot Wayne Rooney made his United return having missed the Reds’ pre-season through injury. The no.10 was named on the bench, with camera lenses trained on him in his seat just behind David Moyes. And when he emerged to warm up on the touchline United’s fans sang his name. He came on to replace Giggs after an hour and looked sharp and his run created space for van Persie’s second goal, while he also assisted Welbeck’s late chip.

The opposition They’re renowned for their subtle, slick passing, but it was their brute force in the opening exchanges that really caught the eye. Jose Alberto Canas was booked in the third minute for a late tackle on Tom Cleverley and that set the template for their early play. They were lively initially, but their spirits were dampened by United’s two first-half goals. Wilfried Bony made Swansea much more positive when he came on at half-time and he scored their consolatory strike. He’ll be a threat to opposition defences.

Move of the match After 18 minutes, Rio Ferdinand picked out Antonio Valencia with a beautiful forward pass and the Ecuadorian neatly turned and slid a pass inside to Welbeck, whose left-foot shot was saved by Vorm before Ryan Giggs blasted a shot wide. Not the right end result, but sumptuous approach-play nonetheless. Hats off for van Persie’s second goal too; a slick move involving Cleverley and Rooney, and the Dutchman’s footwork and finish were fantastic.

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