David Moyes made a winning Premier League start as Manchester United manager with the champions cruising to a comfortable opening day victory at Swansea City.

Moyes has been handed the task of defending United's title following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement after 26 years at the end of last season - and this was business as usual with Robin van Persie the inspiration once more.

Swansea 1-4 Manchester United: David Moyes on quality and 'clinical' goals

Unsettled Wayne Rooney made a 30-minute appearance as a substitute and was greeted warmly by United's travelling support despite his unrest at Old Trafford.

Swansea's early good work was undone as Van Persie and Danny Welbeck struck twice inside two minutes just after the half-hour and United were never again under serious threat.

Van Persie capped an increasingly impressive United performance with a magnificent rising strike 18 minutes from time after he was played in by Rooney before Swansea's record £12m signing Wifried Bony, on as a half-time substitute, made an impact with a late goal but it was not enough to disrupt United's path to victory.

Indeed there was still time for United to add a fourth in injury time as Welbeck showed great imagination and technique to lift a brilliant chip over Swansea keeper Michel Vorm.

It represented the perfect start for Moyes, who has publicly complained about United's tough opening hand of fixtures. Here, in driving rain and wind, they made light of this task at The Liberty Stadium despite some anxious moments.

Flying start

New Manchester United boss David Moyes has made a better start than Sir Alex Ferguson did in their Premier League-winning season last year. United were beaten 1-0 at Everton, who were managed by Moyes.

United's fans showed their appreciation and support for their new Scottish manager throughout as he settles to the job of succeeding Ferguson, no doubt helped by this result.

The schedule does not get any easier with Chelsea starting United's Old Trafford season before a visit to Liverpool but this was the perfect confidence builder.

Rooney, subdued in United's pre-match warm up, watched from the sidelines as Swansea made a combative start, with new signing Jose Canas booked in the opening moments and on the receiving end himself as Antonio Valencia picked up a yellow card.

United keeper David De Gea almost saw a clearance charged in by Michu as he was left in trouble by a back-pass from Phil Jones, who had a shot turned over by Vorm.

Ryan Giggs may now have a place on United's coaching staff but Moyes clearly feels he still has a major role on the pitch and he could have given United the lead on two occasions.

Swansea 1-4 Manchester United: Michael Laudrup says finishing was the difference

He broke clear but some of the old pace has inevitably gone and he was caught, then screwed a shot across the face of goal after Vorm turned away Welbeck's shot.

Michu had the ball in the net for Swansea after De Gea pushed out Wayne Routledge's shot but the linesman's flag had already been raised.

Swansea were coping comfortably with United at this stage, with De Gea saving well from Michu, until they learned a lesson that has been handed out to many before - switch off for only a moment and the champions will punish you.

Inevitably it was Van Persie who broke the deadlock, showing wonderful athleticism to hook in a lofted pass from Giggs and Welbeck added the second two minutes later as he tapped in a simple finish from Valencia's cross.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made a double half-time substitution, sending on Bony and Pablo Hernandez for Routledge and Leon Britton.

Rooney made his introduction on the hour and after Canas headed off the line from Evra, his pass found Van Persie who advanced towards the edge of the area before unleashing a superb finish into the top corner that gave Vorm no chance.

Bony gave the home fans something to cheer when Hernandez took advantage of Welbeck's over-elaborate work and the signing from Vitesse Arnhem steered past De Gea.

Welbeck offered up the final flourish on what ended up as a routine victory on this highly-significant day for Moyes.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"For the first 30 minutes we were very competitive and at moments we dominated. You can come back from that but when they scored a second, against a team like Manchester United - it's difficult.

"The difference was in the in finishing but that second goal really destroyed us in many ways and we never really recovered from that.

"Three of their four goals were outstanding, but you can't say we played badly, especially in the first half."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Swansea

  • 01 Vorm
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies
  • 07 Britton (Bony - 46' )
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 12 Dyer
  • 15 Routledge (Pablo - 46' )
  • 21 Canas Booked (Ki Sung-Yeung - 77' )
  • 09 Michu

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 11 Pablo
  • 17 Ki Sung-Yeung
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 10 Bony

Man Utd

  • 01 De Gea
  • 03 Evra
  • 04 Jones
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic
  • 11 Giggs (Rooney - 62' )
  • 16 Carrick Booked
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 23 Cleverley Booked
  • 25 Valencia Booked
  • 20 Van Persie (Anderson - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 12 Smalling
  • 22 Fabio
  • 08 Anderson
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 29 Zaha
  • 10 Rooney
Ref: Dowd
Att: 20,733

Match Stats

Shots

17 15

On target

6 7

Corners

7 4

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:03

Short corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the right by-line.

90:00 +3:43

Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:32

Tom Cleverley takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:24

Chico Chico challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +1:56

Wayne Rooney provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +1:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Welbeck - Swansea 1 - 4 Man Utd Danny Welbeck scores with their right foot. Swansea 1-4 Man Utd.

90:00 +0:43

Clearance made by Pablo Hernandez.

89:57

Clearance made by Ben Davies.

89:14

Tom Cleverley takes the free kick.

88:58

Antonio Valencia fouled by Ashley Williams, the ref awards a free kick.

87:51

Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

87:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Chico Chico.

87:19

Corner taken by Pablo Hernandez.

86:33

Clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.

85:47 Substitution

Substitution Oliveira Anderson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robin van Persie.

85:07

David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.

84:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilfried Bony on Patrice Evra.

83:20

Clearance made by Chico.

83:18

Wayne Rooney delivers the ball.

82:56

Michael Carrick makes a clearance.

82:29

Free kick taken by Chico Chico.

82:26

Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chico.

81:46

The assist for the goal came from Pablo Hernandez.

81:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Wilfried Bony - Swansea 1 - 3 Man Utd Wilfried Bony grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Swansea 1-3 Man Utd.

81:36

Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.

81:35

A cross is delivered by Ben Davies.

80:59

Clearance made by Wayne Rooney.

80:57

Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

80:23

Header by Wilfried Bony misses left.

80:21

The ball is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey.

80:17

A cross is delivered by Chico.

80:11

Clearance made by Antonio Valencia.

80:09

Danny Welbeck manages to make a clearance.

80:08

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line.

79:46

Clearance by Michael Carrick.

79:44

Angel Rangel delivers the ball.

79:32

Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

78:34

Clearance made by Chico.

78:01

Angel Rangel crosses the ball.

77:57

Clearance made by Patrice Evra.

77:55

The ball is swung over by Ben Davies.

77:44

Clearance by Patrice Evra.

77:42

The ball is sent over by Pablo Hernandez.

76:32

Clearance by Angel Rangel.

76:13 Substitution

Substitution Sung-Yeung Ki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jose Alberto Canas.

75:42

Clearance made by Chico.

75:23

Angel Rangel takes a shot. David De Gea blocks the ball.

75:18

Tom Cleverley makes a clearance.

74:48

Patrice Evra has an effort at goal. Blocked by Angel Rangel.

74:48

Patrice Evra has an effort at goal.

74:47

Danny Welbeck takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

74:45

The ball is sent over by Robin van Persie.

74:42

Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.

74:11

Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

74:09

A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney.

73:40

Clearance made by Chico.

73:10

Shot by Nathan Dyer missed to the right of the net.

73:05

Clearance by Antonio Valencia.

73:03

Free kick crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.

72:39

Tom Cleverley manages to make a clearance.

71:39

Assist by Wayne Rooney.

71:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin van Persie - Swansea 0 - 3 Man Utd Robin van Persie grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Swansea 0-3 Man Utd.

71:28

Clearance made by Tom Cleverley.

71:18

Jose Alberto Canas restarts play with the free kick.

70:58

Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Alberto Canas.

70:22

Angel Rangel has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

70:20

The ball is crossed by Pablo Hernandez.

70:12

Michael Carrick makes a clearance.

69:54

Clearance made by Ashley Williams.

69:52

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia.

69:06

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Davies.

69:05

Clearance made by Wilfried Bony.

69:02

Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

68:59

Patrice Evra gets a header at goal. Blocked by Jose Alberto Canas.

68:56

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie.

68:20

Jonjo Shelvey manages to make a clearance.

68:19

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

67:37

Clearance made by Pablo Hernandez.

66:46

Pablo Hernandez produces a cross.

65:50

Shot by Angel Rangel went wide right of the target.

65:47

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

65:44

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

65:22

Chico Chico restarts play with the free kick.

64:23

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

64:21

Patrice Evra makes a clearance.

64:19

Ben Davies produces a cross.

64:09

Free kick taken by Chico Chico.

63:57

Chico fouled by Danny Welbeck, the ref awards a free kick.

63:24

Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie.

62:45

Ben Davies challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62:37

Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.

61:43

Shot by Pablo Hernandez missed to the left of the target.

61:42

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

61:38

A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel.

61:01 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Rooney comes on in place of Ryan Giggs.

60:48

Clearance made by Angel Rangel.

60:14

Header by Wilfried Bony misses right.

60:11

Centre by Ben Davies.

59:09

Robin van Persie takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

57:58

Ashley Williams takes the free kick.

57:51

Clearance made by Ashley Williams.

57:51

Unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Robin van Persie results in a free kick.

57:06

A cross is delivered by Nathan Dyer.

57:01

Ben Davies sends in a cross.

56:19

Ben Davies delivers the ball.

56:04

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

55:42

Clearance made by Ashley Williams.

55:37

David De Gea takes the free kick.

55:05

Foul by Wilfried Bony on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded.

55:00

The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.

54:52

Clearance made by Antonio Valencia.

54:50

Clearance made by Danny Welbeck.

54:48

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

52:57

Shot by Miguel Michu. A parry by David De Gea prevents the goal.

52:52

Centre by Angel Rangel.

51:45

Jose Alberto Canas takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

51:36

Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

51:33

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line.

50:31

Clearance made by Michael Carrick.

50:18

Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

50:06

Chico manages to make a clearance.

49:43

Miguel Michu takes a shot. David De Gea parries the ball but the danger is not over.

49:32

Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

49:07

Patrice Evra makes a clearance.

49:02

Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

48:27

Shot by Wilfried Bony went wide of the left-hand upright.

48:24

Ben Davies delivers the ball.

47:51

Clearance by Chico.

47:49

Clearance made by Angel Rangel.

45:16

Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Routledge goes off and Pablo Hernandez comes on.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wilfried Bony replaces Leon Britton.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:43

Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:20

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:19

Centre by Jose Alberto Canas.

45:00 +1:09

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

45:00 +1:08

Wayne Routledge sends in a cross.

45:00 +0:53

Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:42

Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:15

Chico manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:08

Jonjo Shelvey makes a clearance.

44:52

Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.

44:50

Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

44:21 Booking

Booking

44:21

The referee books Tom Cleverley for unsporting behaviour.

44:11

Tom Cleverley challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:55

Centre by Angel Rangel.

43:32

Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

42:58

Shot by Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico went wide right of the net.

42:53

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

42:50

Phil Jones makes a clearance.

41:52

Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

41:36

Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

40:01

Ben Davies takes the free kick.

39:40

Michael Carrick receives a yellow card.

39:40 Booking

Booking

39:31

Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge.

38:58

Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

38:46

Foul by Ashley Williams on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded.

38:40

Free kick taken by David De Gea.

38:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Angel Rangel on Nemanja Vidic.

38:02

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

36:46

Clearance made by Phil Jones.

36:44

The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge.

35:11

The assist for the goal came from Antonio Valencia.

35:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Welbeck - Swansea 0 - 2 Man Utd Danny Welbeck slots the ball left footed into the goal. Swansea 0-2 Man Utd.

35:09

Robin van Persie heads at goal.

35:06

The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra.

34:50

Phil Jones takes the free kick.

34:31

Foul by Wayne Routledge on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded.

33:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin van Persie - Swansea 0 - 1 Man Utd Robin van Persie slots the ball right footed into the goal. Swansea 0-1 Man Utd.

32:54

Ben Davies makes a clearance.

31:47

Ryan Giggs manages to make a clearance.

30:43

Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

29:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Patrice Evra.

29:40

Leon Britton takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

29:00

Clearance made by Patrice Evra.

28:44

Clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

28:42

Centre by Ben Davies.

26:18

Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.

26:01

Ben Davies challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick.

25:42

Clearance made by Ashley Williams.

23:43

Chico makes a clearance.

23:09

Header at goal by Miguel Michu to the left of the net.

23:08

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

22:39

Shot by Miguel Michu. A parry by David De Gea prevents the goal.

22:35

Phil Jones makes a clearance.

22:34

Wayne Routledge delivers the ball.

20:57

Shot by Robin van Persie missed to the left of goal.

19:24

Free kick taken by David De Gea.

18:42

Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Parried by David De Gea back into danger.

17:55

Ryan Giggs takes a brilliant shot and went wide right of the goal.

17:53

Shot by Danny Welbeck. Michel Vorm fumbles the ball.

16:48

Jonjo Shelvey manages to make a clearance.

16:41

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

16:41

Jonjo Shelvey takes the free kick.

16:38

Tom Cleverley concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer.

15:45

David De Gea takes the free kick.

14:49

Clearance by Angel Rangel.

14:41

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

14:36

Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

14:17

Robin van Persie gets a header at goal. Michel Vorm catches the ball.

14:13

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra.

13:45

Chico manages to make a clearance.

13:31

Nathan Dyer produces a cross.

12:53

Jose Alberto Canas restarts play with the free kick.

12:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Jose Alberto Canas.

10:54

Clearance by Angel Rangel.

10:34

Clearance made by Patrice Evra.

10:14

Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

8:40

Jose Alberto Canas restarts play with the free kick.

8:22

Antonio Valencia receives a yellow card.

8:22 Booking

Booking

8:10

Jose Alberto Canas fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick.

8:05

Chico makes a clearance.

8:03

Corner from the taken by Tom Cleverley.

7:40

Phil Jones takes a shot. Michel Vorm parries the ball away.

7:36

Ryan Giggs crosses the ball in from the free kick.

7:07

Danny Welbeck fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick.

7:03

Jonjo Shelvey makes a clearance.

7:00

Clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

6:14

Miguel Michu makes a clearance.

6:02

Phil Jones makes a clearance.

5:53

Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.

4:42

Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.

4:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Routledge on Antonio Valencia.

4:23

Ryan Giggs manages to make a clearance.

4:12

Clearance made by Phil Jones.

4:10

A cross is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey.

4:08

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

4:05

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

3:43

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

3:41

Jonjo Shelvey sends in a cross.

3:35

Clearance made by Michael Carrick.

3:32

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

2:41

Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.

2:17

The referee cautions Jose Alberto Canas for unsporting behaviour.

2:17 Booking

Booking

2:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Alberto Canas on Tom Cleverley.

0:14

Jonjo Shelvey manages to make a clearance.

0:11

Clearance by Robin van Persie.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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