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Swansea’s record signing pulls one back against Manchester United

Aug 17, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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It seemed like it was all over for Swansea City. Manchester United took the lead at 34 minutes from a lovely goal by Robin Van Persie, and Danny Welbeck made it 2-0 two minutes later. Wayne Rooney‘s addition brought a third goal in the 72nd minute, when the out of favor forward executed a perfect run that allowed Van Persie enough space to send in a brilliant left-footed strike.

But in the 82nd minute, the home side managed to pull one back through Wilfried Bony, on at the start of the second half. Manchester United practically gave the goal to the Swans, as both Welbeck and Tom Cleverley failed to clear the ball at their feet. Pablo Hernanez, also in at the start of the half, slipped in between the defense to take back possession for Swansea. He neatly slotted the ball over to Bony, whose clinical finish gave Swansea their first goal of the 2013-2014 Premier League season.

The Ivorian’s presence may not have rescued any points for his new side, but a goal on his league debut, combined with Europa League goals earlier in August, shows he’s likely worth the club’s record £12m paid for the signing.

  1. Colby Rogers - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Ugly finish and the central defenders looked overmatched against top flight strikers in Van Persie/Welbeck. However, the first half (minus the two goals obviously) were encouraging. Seemed in the second half that they went to a more crossing/long ball game than in the first half. While Swansea held the popular upset alert spot, this still wasn’t a surprising end. Time to see what the Swans can do coming off a tough opening week matchup against Tottenham (with a quick turnaround from a Europa League game)

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