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.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.