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English Premier League

Manchester United thrash Swansea in second straight 4-0 Premier League win

Lukaku, Pogba and Martial get on the scoresheet as Mourinho’s men follow up on their 4-0 rout of West Ham United last weekend

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 August, 2017, 10:14pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 August, 2017, 1:28pm

Manchester United swept to their second straight 4-0 win to start the Premier League season by thrashing Swansea on Saturday, with Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all scoring again for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Centre back Eric Bailly gave United the lead on the stroke of half-time with a close-range strike at a corner, and the visitors were comfortable in the second half before running amok in the final 10 minutes.

Lukaku slotted home in the 80th from a pass by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who then set up Pogba to deftly chip goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the 82nd.

Martial, on as a substitute, scored United’s third goal in a devastating four-minute span when he finished a counter-attack with a low shot into the corner.

Lukaku, Pogba and Martial all scored in a 4-0 home win over West Ham last weekend.

Eight goals scored and two clean sheets makes for an encouraging start to the season for Mourinho, who has built an imposing and clinical team that looks equipped to challenge for the title.

“We are more confident, we know each other more,” said Pogba, who is showing a greater attacking threat this season with Nemanja Matic patrolling United’s midfield behind him.

Mkhitaryan has set up four goals in the opening two league games of the season – Pogba called him “the assist man”– and Lukaku already has four goals in his first three games, including one against Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.

This wasn’t the fast-paced United that demolished West Ham until the final 10 minutes, when Swansea’s defence opened up. The Welsh team, who sold their star player Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton this week, have beaten United twice in August in the last three years but rarely looked like scoring at Liberty Stadium.

The only time the hosts seriously threatened United was in the third minute when Jordan Ayew broke clear thanks to a fortunate ricochet and curled an attempted cross – with the outside of his right foot – against the crossbar.

United defender Phil Jones also struck the bar in the ninth minute with an effort that came off his shoulder from Juan Mata’s inswinging free kick.

In other matches, potential title contenders Liverpool scored a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at home thanks to a 73rd-minute goal by Sadio Mane, while Southampton made the most of a stoppage-time penalty to defeat 10-man West Ham 3-2 after the Hammers had fought back from 2-0 down.

Leicester City strolled to a 2-0 victory over Brighton.