Manchester United was the better team in the first half against Swansea City, and took the lead right after the break when Juan Mata fired past Lukasz Fabianski in the 48th minute.
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Then, Swans’ boss Garry Monk made some tactical changes to his side, switching from a 4-2-3-1 formation to more of a 4-4-2. Ki Sung-yueng came into the center of the midfield replacing Wayne Routledge on the wing, which allowed Andre Ayew to move higher up the pitch with Bafetimbi Gomis. Swansea would then score two goals in five minutes, the first from Ayew and the second from Gomis.
Speaking after the big win, Monk said he recognized the issues in the first half and made the formation change, which United had trouble coping with.
I just felt that they were causing us problems, especially centrally with their midfielders.
So I thought with my three [midfielders], that we needed to maybe add another player. So I changed it with the four midfielders inside and we were restricting them. I don’t think they got control, and they had to really adapt to our tactical change.”
Later in the match when Manchester United put on Marouane Fellaini as a target man and started playing more direct, Monk brought on the big Kyle Bartley to help add more size and presence in the air to his defense.
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.
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Last season was Garry Monk’s first full campaign in charge of Swansea City, and he led the Swans to a record points tally and their highest ever finish in the Premier League. Just 36-years-old, Monk received great praise for his side’s play and even received some calls as the possible manager of the year.
Today, he showed that wasn’t just beginner’s luck. Tabbed as one of the brightest young minds in the game, maybe Monk’s age shouldn’t be part of the equation. He’s just a really good manager.Follow @KyleLynchFC