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17/08/13 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Arsenal fans booing at the Emirates. Liverpool fans convinced with just one more new signing, it could be there year. Sir Alex Ferguson leads out the champions for their title defence. Yes, the Premier League is BACK!!!

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  2. Wait, what? David who? Blimey

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  3. Starting line up for United: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Welbeck

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  4. Starting line up for Swansea: Vorm, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Dyer, Routledge, Canas, Michu

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  5. United bench: Lindegaard, Smalling, Fabio, Anderson, Kagawa, Zaha, Rooney

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  6. Swansea bench: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Pablo, Ki Sung-Yeung, Pozuelo, Bony

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  7. Obviously I'm delighted I took Benteke out of my fantasy team yesterday and settled for Bony instead... but more importantly, Rooney is in the match squad and will surely feature later in the game. Swansea supporters will boo him, but how will the United away support react?

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  8. Wilfred Zaha the unlucky man from last weekend as he drops to the bench, but having also featured for England in midweek perhaps a wise decision. Important he keeps his feet on the ground, wonderful talent but still has it all to prove at this level

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  9. Quick word on Sky Sports new 'Saturday Night Football' format for those watching the game in the UK... when Jamie Redknapp is arguably your redeeming feature, you do not have a strong vehicle. Not a fan so far, the studio crowd thing particularly awkward

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  10. Five minutes until kick off, both teams lining up in the tunnel

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  11. Good luck David Moyes! Most people have City and Chelsea as favourites for the title this season, but United were champions last season for a reason, and this squad hasn't become dud overnight. Come on the reds

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  12. Swansea doing that horrid pre match huddle nonsense, purely for show. Hate it

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  13. Michu and Shelvey get us underway

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  14. It's absolutely tipping it down by the way. Splash marks being thrown up, but the ball is running true

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  15. Cleverley felled, horribly late challenge by Canas. Early yellow card

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  16. Phil Dowd the referee for today's game

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  17. Shelvey puts a dangerous ball in the box from the right flank, Ferdinand clears for a corner

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  18. Jones groggy with a sore head clearing the danger, seems fine though

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  19. Either I'm paying BT too much for my TV deal, or the weather is interfering with the pictures. Glorious day for football, just as well we're not playing cricket

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  20. Bitty game so far. Swansea fans in uproar earlier as Welbeck put a lovely, fair sliding challenge in. Michu excitable with a sniff of a chance from a poor backpass... nothing much more than that so far

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  21. Ooh scrap that, Jones with a lovely effort tipped over by Vorm

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  22. Valencia now the latest in the book, slightly harsh. Perhaps a bit of afters to get back at Canas for his earlier challenge

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  23. United pressing higher up the pitch than normal, Giggs, Valencia and Van Persie particularly advanced. Mostly Swansea possession to date so far though, or at least it feels that way

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  24. STOP PRESS. Swansea fans would like to inform us that they support their local team. How heartwarming

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  25. Evra whips a cross right onto the head of Van Persie, similar chance to the one he bagged in the Charity Shield, straight at the keeper this time

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  26. United break and Giggs is through, doesn't have the pace and tries to pass to Welbeck... makes a mess of it

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  27. Good last few minutes for United, but Swansea have plenty of attacking intent about them. New signing Shelvey looks up for it as you'd expect

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  28. Great chance! Falls for Welbeck first who tests Vorm, ball is parried back out to Giggs with the keeper stricken... but it's flashed across goal and goes out for a goal kick. Best chance of the half

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  29. Scramble! Swansea have it in the back of the net but the whistle had already gone. De Gea very brave clambering at the feet of Routledge, but Dyer given offside as Michu stroked home

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  30. If anyone is playing the 'Sky zoom in on Wayne Rooney sat on the bench' drinking game, you must be feeling the pace already

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  31. Van Persie has a speculative pop from distance, dribbles comfortably wide of the target. Good game so far, really starting to warm up

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  32. Save by De Gea, awful defending from United. Ferdinand has a simple headed clearance but is pressured late by Michu who gets the chance to prod at goal, corner kick...

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  33. ... and the same player has a free header but can only nod it wide of the far post. Worrying signs

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  34. The ball is zipping along the surface, it's making for great entertainment as both sides knock it about at pace. Some players slipping on a regular basis, Ferdinand the biggest culprit for United so far. Still chucking it down

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  35. Ah yes a reminder that goal line technology is making it's debut this season in the Premier League. Costs a bloody fortune, will probably correct at best one or two borderline decisions all season. Not sure it's worth all the fuss to be honest

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  36. Slight lull in the game after an explosive ten minutes or so of end to end football. Swansea have possession and keeping it well, but not really going anywhere with it

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  37. Evra fouls Routledge, argues but it was fairly blatant. Swansea have a threatening set piece right edge corner of the penalty area

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  38. Shelvey delivers a ball across the box at pace, Williams (marginally offside anyway) challenges at the back post, but over everyone and out for a throw

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  39. Vidic with the poor clearance out, this is now a sustained period of Swansea possession over the last five minutes. United have had more chances so far though

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  40. GOAL FOR UNITED

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  41. You could almost hear a pin drop! Rangel plays Van Persie onside as the ball is chipped over, decent first choice but the ball bounces high, but Van Persie gets over it and volleys it beyond Vorm, fine finish!

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  42. GOAL FOR UNITED

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  43. Wow, from almost nowhere United are now two nil up and rampant! Evra has the freedom of the flank, Van Persie flicks it on and the ball falls to Valencia at the back post. Flashed across goal, Welbeck on the end of it and United are cruising!

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  44. Swansea shellshocked. Harsh scoreline, but David Moyes' men ruthlessly clinical

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  45. Carrick slips going into a challenge on Routledge. Calls from the fans for a red card, but Dowd recognises the conditions and a booking is the fair result

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  46. Didn't realise but pointed out by nairobired in the comments, Welbeck has already matched his Premier League goal scoring haul from last season! Hopefully he won't stop there, I fancy we'll be seeing a lot of the lad this campaign, wonderful talent

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  47. Seen the replay of the Welbeck goal again, actually a fabulous pass from Valencia. He has two defenders and the keeper closing on him, but he picks out Welbeck and puts it on a plate. Only Steve Bruce would be able to miss from there

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  48. Cleverley now in the book, no arguments as he eliminates Rangel!

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  49. Into injury time, two minutes to play

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  50. Half time. A lot of this game has been played out about 40 yards from United's goal, but United have for the most part defended stoutly, and Swansea haven't had enough invention to make further headway. Swansea 0-2 Manchester United

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  51. I think it'll be nailed on that Bony starts the second half for Swansea, surprised he hasn't started to be honest. Don't think Laudrup's men did an awful lot wrong though, slack defending for Van Persie's first maybe with one man playing him on but otherwise impressive. No wonder they looked shell shocked

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  52. 57% possession for Swansea first half, I actually thought it was further in their favour than that

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  53. More on the Sky in studio crowd set up. Jamie Redknapp was speaking so as usual, I'm only half paying attention. But then it seemed like the studio crowd cheered what he said. If that isn't evidence enough to dispatch with all this nonsense... for those not watching and don't know what I'm on about, I promise you're missing sod all

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  54. Interestingly, BBC have Swansea's possession at 53%, nice to know this is an exact science. Four yellow cards in the first half, Canas the first, followed by Valencia, Carrick and Cleverley. Looks like Swansea have made changes as we're ready for the second half

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  55. Pablo and Bony come on, not sure who has gone off yet

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  56. Routledge and Britton sacrificed

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  57. For those who haven't seen Bony before, the fella is massive. Think Drogba (his international team mate), but with funkier hair

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  58. Michu tests De Gea with a long range strike, only parried out initially and Dyer closes in... but grabbed at the second attempt

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  59. Good response so far this half from Swansea, this game is far from over. Carrick concedes a corner and a fair amount of pressure is building

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  60. No danger. Decent cross from Shelvey but easily cleared, falls to Canas who puts it in orbit

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  61. Real danger, and the first dangerous link up between Bony and Michu. Brave goalkeeping from De Gea puts and end to the initial danger, but Swansea have yet another corner

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  62. Moyes sends the potential replacements out to warm up. De Gea being helped to his feet, will be fine to continue

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  63. Shelvey delivers a decent corner ball on a consistent pace, always has the right shape on it, but never enough pace to cause real panic. Once again the danger is cleared

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  64. Dyer sand wedges one to the back post, but De Gea happy to watch it float out of play for a goal kick

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  65. Rooney might be imminent, he's still warming up while the others have sat back on the bench

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  66. Ooooh close from Van Persie. Simple long ball flicked on by Valencia, Robin released but at an angle on the right edge of the box, beats the keeper but goes wide for a goal kick

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  67. Swansea attack now and Bony gets a header in, but it goes wide. A certain Scouser is stripped off...

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  68. Giggs departs and Wayne Rooney joins the fray. Half an hour to go

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  69. Desperate penalty appeals as another ball comes into the box and Ferdinand out-strengths Bony. Certainly more for Vidic and his defensive partner to deal with on a physical level this half

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  70. Just checked my twitter feed. Fair to say the reaction to Rooney's involvement is mixed at best! United have a free kick wide right and Van Persie to take it

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  71. The less said about that free kick, the better

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  72. Tried to listen to the United away support but not really been able to make much out. Rukky in comments thinks they're singing Rooney's name though

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  73. Rangel has a volley at goal on the edge of the area, slashes it well wide

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  74. The weather has improved by the way, looks to have stopped raining. Certainly less rash tackles this half, and no further bookings either

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  75. Off the line! Evra from a Van Persie corner, but Canas stood on the back post clears. Always have a man on both post from corners, so simple and yet so many managers don't insist on it

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  76. Nice play from Swansea. End result is a goal kick for United, but Rangel comes close with a volley

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  77. GOAL FOR UNITED

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  78. Take a bow Robin Van Persie. On another level, absolutely leathers it past Vorm. Rooney plays a vital role, his run pulls away a defender and makes space for the Dutchman to manoeuvre the ball and fire home. Game over

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  79. Come on David Moyes, play like Fergie's boys... and how they have

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  80. Anderson is coming on it seems

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  81. Not just yet. Van Persie takes a short corner, ball eventually comes in, very scrappy... Evra gets a shot off but deflects and falls to safety. Looks like Swansea are also preparing a change

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  82. Super Sunday tomorrow features Crystal Palace and Hull. Oh how the mighty have fallen eh Sky?

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  83. Canas (what a knob he's been today) comes off for Sung Yeung Ki

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  84. Has Moyes had second thoughts regarding Anderson? He was fully stripped off and ready, but the balls been out of play twice now and he's still not on

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  85. A couple of dicey moments in the first half, but second Vidic and Ferdinand have been absolutely dominant. Swansea barely had a sniff in front of goal, and the fight has clearly gone out of them now. Just over ten minutes to go, but Moyes can be certain of opening day success

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  86. Van Persie carries the ball with threat towards the Swansea penalty area, has the chance to shoot but tries to play in Evra instead... who is offside

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  87. Swansea have yet another corner, their 6th of the game

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  88. Same as the other Shelvey deliveries, looks good but not enough pace. Ball cleared but comes back in again, Bony has a free header... big chance, nods it wide

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  89. GOAL FOR SWANSEA

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  90. Oh Danny. Messing about with the ball on the edge of his own penalty, Welbeck loses it. Passed on to Bony who strokes it home for his first goal in English football. Moyes will have to dust the hairdryer down after the game

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  91. United play on despite Chico being down, comes to Rooney who puts a threatening ball in the box but it's dealt with. Swansea now have the ball and guess who quickly gets back to his feet...

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  92. Swansea fans - who don't forget support their local team - give one of their largest cheers of the day as Rooney finds himself offside. Some would describe them as small time, but I couldn't possibly comment

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  93. Just in case you did forget, fear not. The Swansea fans are reminding us once more

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  94. No hat trick for Van Persie today, he gives way and finally Anderson is introduced

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  95. Another corner for Swansea. This time De Gea gets involved and punches the ball out. Rooney breaks with it...

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  96. ... and is cynically fouled. Referee clearly thinks the game is over too, no action. Two minutes left

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  97. Arguably the first goal came against the run of play, but United are full value for this victory. Van Persie the clear difference between the teams, bit of an obvious statement but he'll be absolutely vital to United's title defence this season. A lengthy injury and that might be that

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  98. The sadistic fourth official indicates four further minutes of Swansea suffering

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  99. Vidic and Evra find themselves in a bit of a mess, not much command from De Gea there either. Give away a cheap throw in deep in the United half

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  100. GOAL FOR UNITED

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  101. Sexy sexy finish from Danny Welbeck, maybe Moyes will go easy on him for his role in the Swansea consolation now. Assist provided by Rooney who was taken out in the build up, cheeky chip over Vorm and it's a rout

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  102. To be fair to Rooney, he's looked a little off the pace as you'd expect from someone who hasn't featured fully pre season, but he's had a part to play in two United goals now. We might not be happy with his actions, but I doubt he's going anywhere

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  103. Referee blows the final whistle, great first Premier League game in charge for David Moyes. Even first half but a relatively dominant second half, Swansea 1-4 Manchester United

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  104. United, top of the league, United, United, top of the league!

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  105. Hope you've enjoyed today's live blog of the game. I'll be back at the start of September for the Scousers. Final word today goes to scholes18

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  106. "Normal service is resumed! Manchester united back on top of the league right where they belong!"

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