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

Live blog - All the action | Report: Swansea 1 United 4

Here’s our detailed take on the champions’ opening day 4-1 win at Swansea…

The Match For all the focus on Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City being among United’s tough first five games, a Swansea side match-fit from their Europa League exertions and up for this one - on a perilously slippy Liberty Stadium pitch – was no easy start in David Moyes’ first league match as Reds boss. But two-goal strike-pair Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck added some class to this win.

The goals On 34 minutes, Ryan Giggs’ pass took a slight deflection and the ball looped into the path of van Persie. The Dutchman controlled it on his chest to evade Chico Flores, then acrobatically fired the ball into the net with a flying right-foot volley under close attention from Ashley Williams. Two minutes later, Patrice Evra broke down the left and whipped in a cross. Van Persie’s header was blocked, but Antonio Valencia followed it up at the back post and squared unselfishly for Danny Welbeck to tap the ball into an empty net from close range. The pick of the bunch was van Persie’s second – brazenly blasting the ball into the top corner from 20 yards, although Welbeck’s stoppage-time effort ran it close, an impudent lob over Vorm, having been teed up by substitute Wayne Rooney.

Star men Patrice Evra excelled on the left and was particularly dangerous when pushing upfield. His wicked cross led to United’s second goal. But Robin van Persie's quality shone through in everything he did and his goals were both superbly taken. Worthy nods go to Rio Ferdinand at the