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Swansea 0-4 Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial on target in thumping win - 5 talking points

Mirror logo Mirror 19-08-2017 Thomas Bristow

Credits: Dan Mullan/Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Romelu Lukaku scored his third goal in two games as a late goal blitz ensured Manchester United eased to victory. 

Jose Mourinho's men dazzled at home to West Ham last weekend as they ran out 4-0 winners.

But Swansea posed a far tougher test for Mourinho's Europa League winners - at least for 80 minutes.

Jordan Ayew hit the bar in the opening stages for the Welsh side before Phil Jones did likewise at the other end.

With Paul Pogba struggling in midfield, United were unable to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

But it was the Frenchman who set up the opening goal as his header hit the bar before the ball was stabbed home by Bailly.

It was the defender's first-ever league goal as he produced another fine performance at the back.

United were frustrated after the break until Lukaku finished well to follow up his double last weekend.

And Pogba put his earlier problems behind him to make sure of the points before Anthony Martial added a fourth.

Here's five things we learned...

1. King Eric

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Since joining from Villarreal for £30million last summer, Bailly has established himself as a formidable central defender.

The 23-year-old is strong, quick and a well-timed tackler of the ball. Now he's added another string to his bow.

Prior to United's game against Swansea, Bailly said he wanted to emulate Red Devils legends Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and scoring from set-pieces is a fine way to start.

The goal was the first of the Ivorian's career and he'll be looking to add more.

2. Swansea have (some) hope in new formation

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It was the first time Paul Clement deployed his side in a 3-5-2 formation and it very nearly paid off.

The Swans were effective at getting plenty of men behind the ball when under pressure, and almost crowded their opposition out of creating clear cut chances.

It seemed as though every time a lively looking Rashford got the ball, three men were instantly upon the forward, snuffing out the attack.

The formation also gave the hosts the chance to counter, nearly catching United out on more than one occasion.

Despite the damning defeat, Swansea can take plenty of positives.

3. Who said winning was pretty?

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When Mourinho's men thumped West Ham 4-0 last weekend it got a lot of people talking. Their emphatic display had many backing the Red Devils as favourites to win the league.

But despite the same XI turning out, it took United 80 minutes to kick into gear.

Misplaced passes, shaky decisions and a sense of vulnerability when Swansea countered were on show for much of the match.

Things could have been very different had Jordan Ayew's cheeky shot off the bar been a foot lower.

But who said winning was pretty? League champions have always had to win when they've not played well and that's exactly what United did.

4. From nearly zero to hero Paul Pogba

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United fans saw a different side to Pogba's game in the first half. The frustrated Frenchman was booked in the 26th minute after a rash kick on Swansea's Tom Carroll.

Clearly still annoyed, Pogba then brought down Martin Olsson four minutes later. Jon Moss decided not to issue the midfielder with another yellow card.

This decision came back to haunt Swansea when Pogba expertly dispatched late on to extend Manchester United's lead.

The £89million man needs to be careful - he may not get so lucky next time.

5. Gylfi's successor required

Swansea have £45million in the bank and they'll need to spend it.

You get the feeling had the Icelandic played today a lot more chances would have been taken.

The hosts were missing that finishing touch, final ball and lethal finish to their attacks. Better service to Tammy Abraham could have caused David De Gea a few issues.

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