The National’s Sport cover for the Monday, August 31 issue, featuring Bafetimbi Gomis as Swansea City defeated Manchester United in the Premier League.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admitted that his side did not adjust to Swansea’s change, as Garry Monk has now won all three matches against LVG in the Premier League, twice coming from behind to do so.
“Obviously it is a bad taste now and we would have liked a ideal end to this good run of results, which would have been a win“.
Van Gaal also spoke about the mistakes in defence, saying: “When the opponent scores goals, always you can find errors”. But I don’t think that is a good way. You have seen Swansea in the last 20-25 minutes, they were compact and it is always hard to beat a compact team.
De Gea’s future at Manchester United has been the soap opera of the summer transfer window and with less than 24 hours for the window to close in Spain, he still remains out of Real Madrid’s clutches.
On the defeat, van Gaal added: “There is a lot of frustration but more disappointment”.
“You can write everything you want“, Van Gaal said when asked about Romero’s performance. “It is not like that”. “It was the right thing to do and it made us more of a threat”. “This is a squad I want to take forward for the season and I am sure that will be the way it is”, Monk said, according to The Telegraph.
Swansea’s second goal was a sweeping move that ended with Ayew finding Gomis with a deft, lofted pass with the outside of his left foot.
Wayne Rooney bagged a superb hat-trick to seal a 4-0 win on the night (7-1 on aggregate) as United stormed back into Europe’s top competition in style.
‘We were probably too dominant’.
“It is a big lesson for us, we have to adapt much more quickly than we have done”, Van Gaal told the Mirror.
“I think we have coped [with the situation] by signing Sergio Romero, that’s what we have done at the club to settle it down”.
Swansea climbed to fourth place on the table, a point above United and four below early leaders Manchester City, having started a top-flight campaign with four unbeaten games for the first time in their history.