|Robin van Persie scores Manchester Unitedís opening goal against Swansea City, on Saturday.
United won 4-1. (Getty Images)
London: Manchester United began their Premier League title defence with a convincing 4-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday.
Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck scored two goals each to give David Moyes a winning start to his reign as United manager in driving rain at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. Van Persie put United ahead after 34 minutes against Swansea, hooking home a bouncing ball from eight metres.
Welbeck doubled the lead with a tap-in, Van Persie lashed in his second 18 minutes from time and, after Wilfried Bony pulled one back, Welbeck completed the rout with a delightful chip from a narrow angle.
“We are very happy,” Van Persie said. “To play against Swansea away from home is tough.”
Speaking of his well-taken first goal, Van Persie said his first touch led him to finish it in the style he did.
“The first 15, 20 minutes, they were better than us but the goal changed the game. It was a great pass from Giggs and I had a touch but I felt it was a little heavy so I had to take it as high as possible.
“It was one of the best goals I have scored with my right foot but the fourth goal from Danny Welbeck was unbelievable.
“We’re very happy, you don’t want to lose the first game of the season and they are very hard to play against,” said Van Persie.
Wayne Rooney, who has reportedly told the club he wants to leave Old Trafford, came off the bench for the last 30 minutes of the match.
“Our job is to win the game and the players did it well,” Moyes said. “We could have played better at times but I am more than happy with the result.”
As for Rooney, manager Moyes was pleased with his contribution after coming on. “I felt he could do a job coming on, he’s not ready to start yet,” said Moyes.