Manchester United vs. Swansea: Red Devils Remain Dominant in Opening Win

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIAugust 17, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17:  Danny Welbeck (3R) of Manchester United celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester United is dealing with a good bit of change, but they still looked as dominant as ever in their 4-1 win over Swansea in the Premier League opener Saturday.

It felt strange without seeing Sir Alex Ferguson out on the touchline with the Red Devils.  Ferguson retired after 26 years, going out on top as the Premier League champion last season.

Now, David Moyes is in charge, and it seemed like business as usual for United. 

Swansea kept the game tight and stayed aggressive to start the first half.  They were maintaining possession and even drew a yellow card on Antonio Valencia.  

However, Swansea learned that if you let up against Man United, then you're going to be in trouble.

Robin van Persie was able to open it up with a nice left-footed goal in the 34th minute.  Less than two minutes later, Danny Welbeck gave them the comfortable cushion with another goal, giving them a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Both Van Persie and Welbeck were able to add on in the second half in the 72nd and 90th minutes.  Wilfried Bony, Swansea's recent big signing, was brought in at halftime and was able to score a late goal in the 82nd minute.

Other than that meaningless goal late in the game, the Red Devils completely controlled the game.  Although Swansea maintained possession 51 percent of the time, United was much more aggressive while maintaining possession, making the most of their chances and capitalizing well on opportunities.  

Their four goals were on just seven shots on target, showing off that accuracy.  The three yellow cards may have been a little too much, but it proved that they wanted to come in and play as aggressively as possible to get the dominant win.

What's even more impressive is that United handled Swansea well without Wayne Rooney for the majority of the match.  Rooney was subbed in during the 62nd minute, and by then the game was all but wrapped up.  With Rooney's future in Manchester up in the air, it's assuring for United fans to see the team still playing so well. 

Things certainly don't get easier after this win, however.  The Red Devils will be playing Chelsea on August 26 followed by another big match against Liverpool on September 1.  This win was a great way to gain some confidence, making sure that they're fully ready to take on the competition at their absolute best.

Still, there's plenty to like about this start for Moyes and his future with the organization.  If they can continue to play like they did on Saturday, then they will be the favorites once again to be the Premier League champions.