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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 31, 2015
ter United s early-season
problems at both ends of the
pitch were exposed in a 2-1
loss at Swansea yesterday
that ended its unbeaten start
in the Premier League.
On the day Manchester City
spent more than £50 million
(US$77 million) on another
attacking player, its cross-town
rival again showed a lack of
cutting edge up front to turn
dominance and good build-
up play into goals.
United was comfortable and
perhaps should have been
more than 1-0 ahead, through
Juan Mata s 49th-minute
strike, when Swansea
launched its comeback with
two goals in five minutes from
Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi
Gomis winner in the 66th
minute capped a brilliant,
sweeping team move but
should have been kept out by
goalkeeper Sergio Romero,
who failed to stop a low shot
at his near post. Romero is
only playing because United s
first-choice goalkeeper, David
de Gea, isn t being picked
while he is linked with a move
to Real Madrid.
With Europe s summer
transfer window closing in
England on Tuesday, United
has two days to resolve its
goalkeeper situation and
decide whether to sign a new
striker to help out Wayne
Rooney, who is yet to score in
the Premier League since
"I have enjoyed our foot-
ball," United manager Louis
van Gaal said, "but you need
the result and we lost again."
Swansea has no such prob-
lems up front.
Gomis, who scored for the
fourth straight game this sea-
son, and summer signing
Ayew have netted all seven of
the team s goals in the league
and that combination is the
reason why Swansea is fourth
in the standings after four
United has lost three
straight games to Swansea and
fell five points behind Man
City, which has won all four
of its games.
In yesterday s other match,
Southampton claimed its first
win of the season by beating
Norwich 3-0 thanks to
Graziano Pelle s goal and a
double from Dusan Tadic.
Norwich played with ten
men from the 31st minute,
when Steven Whittaker was
sent off for two bookings with
the score at 0-0.
United caused Swansea
many problems early in the
first half, with Mata shooting
wide twice, Rooney misjudg-
ing an attempted lob after
being played through and
Memphis Depay having a free
The opening goal arrived
when left back Luke Shaw s
cross squirmed through to the
back post where Mata beat
Ashley Williams to the ball
and sidefooted a rising shot
high into the net. It is only
United s third goal in four
Swansea manager Garry
Monk changed his team s
shape, went to a diamond in
midfield, and Ayew inspired
First he met Gylfi Sigurds-
son s cross with a downward
header inside the near post in
the 61st, then supplied Gomis
with a brilliant outside-of-
The striker got between
United s two centre backs and
rolled his finish underneath
Romero, who had barely been
tested in the opening three
games of the season.
"Today, we lost the game
in five minutes," Mata said.
United kicked off just as
City announced the signing
of goalscoring midfielder Kevin
de Bruyne from Wolfsburg for
a fee that reportedly could cost
the league leaders £58 million
Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko
scored in the second half as Roma
beat bitter title rival Juventus 2-
1 yesterday, leaving the Turin
power with two straight losses to
start Serie A for the first time in
With Roma dominating from
the start, it was an early signal of
a possible hierarchy change in Italy,
where Juventus has won the league
the past three seasons and Roma
finished runner-up the last two.
"If you had told me before the
match that we would have won 2-
1, I would have signed for it with
blood," Roma coach Rudi Garcia
said. "We did everything we pre-
pared to do. But this is just the
start. We can t get overly enthu-
siastic and expect to always play
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
hardly moved when Pjanic placed
a free kick perfectly over Juventus
wall and into the left corner shortly
after the hour mark.
Pjanic scored from seven free
kicks the past three seasons.
"It s more or less my (preferred)
distance. I keep the distances in
my mind, my memory," Pjanic said.
"It was a perfect free kick, against
a great goalkeeper. It was a big
Pjanic also hit the post midway
through the first half.
After Juventus fullback Patrice
Evra was sent off for his second
yellow card, Dzeko headed home
from inside the box in the 79th for
his first goal since joining Roma
on loan from Manchester City.
Paulo Dybala pulled one back
for Juve in the 87th.
Roma has four points, two
behind provisional leader Sassuolo,
which beat Bologna 1-0 Saturday.
Juventus remained with none
entering the international break.
"I understand that it s ugly for
Juventus to lose two straight
matches but that s also part of
football," Juventus manager Mas-
similiano Allegri said. "We ve got
to stay lucid because there s no
sense in crying over these two loss-
es. ... We ve got to get our ideas
back in order and start doing great
things after the break."
With top players Carlos Tevez,
Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal hav-
ing departed and new signees like
Mario Mandzukic still settling in,
Juventus has a long way to go to
match its form from last season,
when it reached the Champions
"Juve had a cycle in which they
relied on a few players. Some play-
ers you can replace, others you
can t," said Roma veteran Daniele
De Rossi. "You ve got to spend a
lot to replace players like Vidal or
Tevez. And someone like Pirlo you
can t even find a substitute for."
AMSTERDAM---Ajax beat ADO The
Hague 4-0 yesterday to keep up its
perfect start to the Eredivisie season
and move three points clear at the top
of the Dutch top flight.
Feyenoord, the only other team with
a perfect record going into the weekend,
lost 3-1 at defending champion PSV
Eindhoven to slip to third place, behind
Heracles Almelo on goal difference.
Winger Anwar El Ghazi scored Ajax s
first and last goals. Midfielder Davy
Klaassen and defender Joel Veltman
also scored for Ajax.
In Eindhoven, Feyenoord took an
early lead through a Jeffrey Bruma own
goal, but Maxime Lestienne equalized
in the 37th minute. Five minutes after
the break Santiago Arias gave PSV the
lead and Juergen Locadia completed
the scoring when he converted an 81st-
defender Luke Shaw and Swansea
midfielder Jonjo Shelvey have been
rewarded for strong starts to the Pre-
mier League season by earning recalls
to the England squad for upcoming
European Championship qualifiers.
England, which has won all six of
its Group E matches, plays San Marino
away and Switzerland at home and
could qualify with two more victories.
Shelvey was called up almost three
years after his only appearance for Eng-
land---against San Marino. Shaw, who
is over injury problems that bothered
him last season, last played for England
in November 2014.
Jamie Vardy retained his place among
the strikers after being fined by his
club, Leicester, for using racist language
toward a Japanese man in a casino.
Wayne Rooney needs one goal to
equal Bobby Charlton s record of 49.
United's biggest problems exposed
Manchester United's Juan Mata, left, runs in to score during their English Premier League
encounter against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, yesterday.
Shaw, Shelvey recalled
to England squad
Ajax thrashes ADO to
go top of Eredivisie
Pjanic, Dzeko score as
Roma stuns Juventus
Roma's Miralem Pjanic, left, celebrates with teammate Radja
Nainggolan after scoring on a free kick during their Serie A match
against Juventus, at Rome's Olympic stadium, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester
City), Jack Butland (Stoke), Tom
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne
(Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester
United), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Gary
Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling
(Manchester United), John Stones
(Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick
(Manchester United), James Milner
(Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton),
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), Ryan Mason
(Tottenham), Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain (Arsenal), Fabian Delph
Forwards: Raheem Sterling
(Manchester City), Wayne Rooney
(Manchester United), Harry Kane
(Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester),
Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
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