• Van Gaal's Man Utd reign starts with defeat
  • United's first opening-day loss at home since 1972
  • Swansea's first league win at Man Utd

Louis van Gaal's first competitive game as Manchester United manager ended in a historic home defeat at the hands of Swansea City.

A day that began with the Dutch manager receiving a rapturous welcome from the Old Trafford fans as he walked out before kick-off ended with his side being beaten at home on the opening day of the league season for the first time since 1972.

Not even a trademark Van Gaal tactical switch could save him from opening his Premier League account with a 2-1 loss, as his side produced a disjointed performance which underlined the scale of the job ahead of him - and the improvement needed in several areas.

Van Gaal takes responsibility for defeat

Injuries, together with a lack of summer arrivals, saw Van Gaal give debuts to two young academy products - Tyler Blackett on the left of a three-man defence and Jesse Lingard at wing-back.

Midfielder Ander Herrera was the only new signing to line up for a United side that finished seventh last season, and it showed.

Wayne Rooney's overhead kick in his first game since being named United's new captain cancelled out Ki Sung-yueng's opener for the Welsh side, but some uncertain defending allowed new Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to score a 72nd-minute winner.

That saw the Welsh side, who also enjoyed a famous victory at Old Trafford in the FA Cup last season, ruin Van Gaal's big day by clinching their first away win over United in the league in 12 visits dating back to 1931.

Former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit on BBC Match of the Day

"Van Gaal has a big job. The Premier League is different. You can see during the game the United players were thinking about where they had to be. When he played 3-5-2 for the Netherlands it was necessity because we had bad defenders. If you were a Swansea player would you have been afraid of that line-up?"

Few people had given Garry Monk's side a chance following a summer in which they had sold defenders Chico Flores and Ben Davies and sent Michu on loan to Napoli.

United, who won all six matches of an impressive pre-season campaign, were certainly the better side early on.

Setting up in Van Gaal's favoured 3-4-1-2 formation, they had wing-backs Ashley Young and, until he was taken off injured, Lingard getting forward well to put Swansea under pressure.

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But the deliveries that came in from the flanks were not good enough to test the visitors and, worryingly for Van Gaal, his defensive trio and the support they were receiving was looking less than convincing.

There were alarming gaps between Chris Smalling in the centre of his back three and Blackett and Phil Jones to his left and right but, while United had the ball, it was not a huge problem.

When Swansea broke, however, it was a different matter and after a couple of scares they punished United after 28 minutes.

No-one tracked Ki and he was left free to meet Nathan Dyer's pass across the edge of the box and slot past David de Gea and into the bottom corner.

The goal brought only shocked silence from the home fans, and no visible reaction from Van Gaal. That only came with the tactical change he made at half-time.

Nani replaced Javi Hernandez and United switched to a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Young and Jones at full-back, and United instantly looked more dynamic and dangerous.

Back with a bang

Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored eight goals in 19 Premier League appearances at Swansea. He took 58 games to reach the same number at Tottenham, who he left this summer to rejoin the Swans.

Even so, Swansea will feel they could have done more to stop Rooney's equaliser after 53 minutes, with Jones allowed a crucial flick at the near post that carried the ball to the England striker.

More home goals looked most likely at that stage but the closest United would come to taking the lead was when Rooney fired a curling free-kick against the outside of the post.

Instead, after the home side's forward play reverted to aimless balls forward, it was Swansea who found the net, again, making the most of some uncertain defending.

Young failed to deal with substitute Jefferson Montero's cross at the far post and Wayne Routledge's mis-hit volley fell for Sigurdsson to bury the bouncing ball.

Van Gaal, who stayed in his seat scribbling furiously throughout the match, still had 18 minutes to salvage something from his first game but some desperate late defending saw Swansea hang on.

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Ki Sung-Yueng

Ki Sung-yueng found the net as Wilfried Bony tussled with Phil Jones

Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United

Wayne Rooney, preferred to Robin van Persie as Louis van Gaal's captain, scores the first goal of the Dutchman's reign

Rory McIlroy at Old Trafford

Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy showed off the spoils of his Open victory at half-time

Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs (left) has stayed on as assistant manager after finishing his playing career at the end of last season

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 35 Lingard (Januzaj - 24' )
  • 18 Young Booked
  • 42 Blackett Booked
  • 12 Smalling
  • 04 Jones
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 21 Herrera (Fellaini - 67' )
  • 08 Mata
  • 14 Hernández (Nani - 45' )
  • 10 Rooney

Substitutes

  • 11 Januzaj
  • 17 Nani
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 31 Fellaini
  • 38 Keane
  • 40 Amos
  • 41 James

Swansea City

  • 01 Fabianski
  • 22 Rangel
  • 03 Taylor Booked (Tiendalli - 53' )
  • 08 Shelvey Booked
  • 02 Amat
  • 06 Williams
  • 12 Dyer Booked (Montero - 67' )
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng Booked
  • 10 Bony (Gomis - 77' )
  • 23 Sigurdsson
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 18 Gomis
  • 19 Tiendalli
  • 20 Montero
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 27 Bartley
  • 29 Richards
  • 30 Sheehan
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 75,339

Match Stats

Shots

14 5

On target

5 4

Corners

4 0

Fouls

14 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester United 1, Swansea City 2.

90:00 +5:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Swansea City 2.

90:00 +5:05

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

90:00 +4:09

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini with a headed pass.

90:00 +1:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +0:25

Delay in match Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) because of an injury.

88:14

Offside, Manchester United. Juan Mata tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

86:44

Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Bafétimbi Gomis is caught offside.

85:10 Booking

Booking Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:04

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

85:04

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:28

Attempt saved. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

82:42 Booking

Booking Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:38

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

82:38

Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:54 Booking

Booking Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:14

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:14

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City).

79:59

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:59

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

79:33

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.

79:09

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:09

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

77:51

Attempt blocked. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Williams with a headed pass.

76:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Wilfried Bony.

75:13

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:13

Foul by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).

71:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Swansea City 2. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

71:42

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

71:42

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:37

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:37

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

70:16

Hand ball by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

68:55

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

68:55

Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:22

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:22

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

66:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini replaces Ander Herrera.

66:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Nathan Dyer.

65:28

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

64:11

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:11

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

61:11

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Phil Jones.

60:36

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:36

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

58:09

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:09

Foul by Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City).

55:13

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

55:13

Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:46 Booking

Booking Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

53:41

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:41

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

52:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Dwight Tiendalli replaces Neil Taylor.

52:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Swansea City 1. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

52:09

Attempt blocked. Phil Jones (Manchester United) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

51:38

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

50:47

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

48:02

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

48:02

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:20 Booking

Booking Neil Taylor (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:10

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:10

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

46:34

Nani (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:34

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

45:49

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 0, Swansea City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Nani replaces Javier Hernández.

45:00 +3:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester United 0, Swansea City 1.

45:00 +2:09

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

45:00 +2:09

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:09

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

44:09

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:35

Hand ball by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

40:41

Attempt blocked. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

38:37

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:37

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

38:04

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

35:39

Foul by Javier Hernández (Manchester United).

35:39

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:01

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:01

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

33:09

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a corner.

32:46

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ki Sung-Yueng.

32:06

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

32:06

Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:14

Hand ball by Javier Hernández (Manchester United).

27:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 0, Swansea City 1. Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

26:24

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

25:36 Booking

Booking Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:25

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:25

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

25:20

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:30

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:30

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

23:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj replaces Jesse Lingard because of an injury.

21:21

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:21

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

20:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

18:49

Delay in match Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) because of an injury.

16:27

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

14:00

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

14:00

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:18

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

11:34

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

10:09

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:09

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

3:12

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:12

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

1:15

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

1:15

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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