Going with his original 3-4-1-2 Dutch setup, Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United was clearly still getting used to the new formation against a Welsh team that pressed. In the second half United switched to a 4-4-1-1 formation. but Swansea manager Garry Monk had his team well prepared for the changed as was evidenced by the amount of room Swansea utilized on the pitch. United had more of the possession but ran out of time to do anything with it.
David De Gea — 4/5
The two goals conceded by United were not so much the fault of De Gea, but more so a result of poor defending and giving Swansea too much time and space.
Tyler Beckett — 3.5/5
Regardless of what you might think about youth player debuts, the only way you’ll learn is through experience. Beckett has a big responsibility filling in for a position that was commanded by the like of Patrice Evra. However, it was clearly evident from today’s performance that United do need an experienced center back or two at the defensive helm if they are to improve at all this season.
Chris Smalling — 4/5
Smalling’s successful clearances and timely tackles held the defense together. Also the communication between Beckett, Phil Jones and he was good to see.
Phil Jones — 4.5/5
Despite the defeat, Phil Jones put in a man of the match performance. He made several important tackles and clearances that otherwise would have inflicted United with further damage.
Jesse Lingard — 4/5
If we continue to see anything like what we saw in the first twenty five minutes, he definitely has a bright future ahead of him. Lingard was substituted after picking up a knock.
Darren Fletcher — 4/5
Fletcher put in a typically solid game.
Ander Herrera — 4/5
The new boy from Bilbao really had a good showing at midfield. He opened up some chances for United and got some important passes up front through to Mata, Rooney and Chicharito.
Ashley Young — 3/5
Young was ineffective today. He made far too few attacking runs at the Swansea defense, and resorted to passes to defenders or midfielders far too often.
Javier Hernandez — 3/5
Hernandez had a quiet afternoon, for the most part, and didn’t show enough to convince United to keep the footballer.
Juan Mata — 3/5
Mata was responsible for not tracking back when marking Ki Sung-Yueng, which led to Swansea’s first goal.