Martin Olsson of Swansea City and Paul Pogba of Manchester United contend for the ball during their English Premier League match on Saturday at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. (Reuters Photo)
SWANSEA: Manchester United continued their perfect start to the Premier League season by crushing Swansea City 4-0 with a flurry of late goals at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Centre back Eric Bailly gave United the lead on the stroke of halftime 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.
Romelu Lukaku slotted home in the 80th minute from a pass by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who then set up Paul Pogba to deftly chip the ball over goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the 82nd.
Anthony Martial, on as a substitute, scored United’s third goal in a devastating five-minute span when he finished a counter-attack with a low shot into the corner.
Eight goals scored and two clean sheets makes for an encouraging start to the season for skipper Jose Mourinho, who has built an imposing and clinical team that looks equipped to challenge for the title.
This wasn’t the fast-paced United that demolished West Ham at Old Trafford on the opening weekend until the final 10 minutes, when Swansea’s defence opened up. The Welsh team, which sold its star player Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton this week, had beaten United twice in August in the last three years.
The only time Swansea seriously threatened United was in the third minute when Jordan Ayew broke clear thanks to a fortunate ricochet, cut into the area and curled an attempted cross against the crossbar.
Phil Jones also struck the bar in the ninth minute for United with an effort that came off his shoulder from Juan Mata’s inswinging free kick.