Swansea 2 Man United 1: Player ratings as Andre Ayew stars

Player ratings as Swansea are 2-1 winners against Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on Sunday evening

Swansea City

Lukasz Fabianski Smart second-minute stop to keep out Memphis’s free-kick set the tone for a sound performance. Assured demeanour seeps through to his defenders. 7/10

Kyle Naughton Not at the races from the off. Let Shaw run through him in build up to Mata’s goal, but did hold firm once his side had their noses in front. 5

Federico Fernandez Inconsistent from the Argentine. Won some valuable aerial battles – but a couple of lapses as well. One slip late on would have cost his team dear but for Williams’ heroics. 6

Ashley Williams Caught ball-watching for Mata’s goal. Unsettled by that error, the Welshman’s careless hack minutes later would have landed in his own net but for Fabianski’s reaction stop. Recovered from his shaky spell like the leader he is though, teeing up the move that led to his team evening matters up at 1-1. Rediscovered his defending senses to win a string of valuable duels, none more so than when barring Rooney’s way to goal at the death. 7

Neil Taylor Schooled in the ‘Swansea way’. Comfortable on the ball, strong defensively and chooses him moment sto get forward, wisely. 6

Jack Cork Not a product of the Welsh outfit, but easily could be. Effortless, simple passing dovetails beautifully with Shelvey’s more expressive game. Positionally aware to offer a reliable shield for his centre-halves. 7

Jonjo Shelvey Set-piece delivery wasn’t great, but otherwise continued in the rich vein of form that has been the hallmark of his early season. Some wonderful passing, right at the heart of the move the led to Gomis’s winner and could be the Englishman to benefit most from Jack Wilshere’s enduring injury troubles. 8

Andre Ayew (Man of the match) Claims that the Ghanaian made a number of outlandish demands in order to sign for the Swans, but, my word, he earns his dough. Bettered his tidy finish to equalise with a sumptuous through ball for Gomis to put the hosts’ in front. Works tirelessly off the ball into the bargain. 9

Gylfi Sigurdsson Wonderful delivery for Ayew’s equaliser and involved again in the build-up to Gomis’s goal. Instrumental to so much of what this exhilarating Swansea team does. 7

Wayne Routledge Short of game time this term and handed something of a poisoned chalice in replacing the recently inspired, but stricken, Jefferson Montero. Didn’t want for effort – but always on the fringes of the action. Withdrawn in the second period for Ki. 5

Bafetimbi Gomis Exceptionally quick feet to evade three United defenders before hitting 27th minute shot against post. Equally adept with his back to goal or running beyond opposing back-fours and thoroughly deserved his goal. 8

Substitutes

Ki Sung-yeung Replaced Routledge and immediately stamped his authority on midfield. Keeps play ticking over. An archetypal Swansea player. 7

Eder N/A

Kyle Bartley N/A

Manchester United

Sergio Romero Bizarre attempt to save from Gomis saw the Argentine dive haplessly over the ball. Distibution is poor. If David De Gea makes it through the Old Trafford exit door by 6pm on Tuesday, then United have a problem on their hands. 3

Matteo Darmian A defender who loves defending, and carries out his primary function extremely efficiently. Will rue his rare moment of adventure when Rooney’s carelessness left him high and dry as Swansea countered to equalise. Looks the part as a United player, though. 6

Chris Smalling Had to be on his toes against Swansea’s assembly of livewire attackers. Reading of the game is impressive, tough in the tackle, and forming a solid understanding with Blind. Nevertheless, will be unhappy with his positioning when Ayew headed home. 6

Daley Blind Had his work cut out keeping a grip on Gomis. Sold Darmian down the river with a needlessly lax pass shortly after the break and found the home team too hot to handle as they mounted a stirring comeback. 5

Luke Shaw Any Southampton fans tuning into this contest following their own team’s victory over Norwich will have recognised the Shaw of the first hour in Wales. Committed in attack and untroubled in his own half, this was the left-back that United paid £28m to buy last summer. As his team’s afternoon took a turn for the worse, though, so did Shaw’s, with the 20-year-old losing his composure – and, rather too often, the ball. 6

Morgan Schneiderlin Didn’t do anything wrong but couldn’t impose himself on the game. No surprise when the ex-Southampton man, and not Schweinsteiger, was sacrificed when Van Gaal wanted to get Carrick on the pitch. 5

Bastian Schweinsteiger The German has been flying a trusted former physiotherapist at his old club Bayern Munich to England to speed up his push for full fitness. Judging by his willingness to both press and join attacks high up the field here, while never being absent from his more defensive duties, Schweinsteiger’s dedication is paying off. Could be integral to an improved season for United. 7

Juan Mata Some feel that the gifted Spaniard isn’t direct enough to take one of the wide attacking roles in Van Gaal’s set-up. Might have challenged that school of thought with his positive run to meet Shaw’s delivery and lash his team into the lead. Unlucky to be hooked when his side was in rescue-mode. 6

Ander Herrera A couple of delicious early touches to link-up his team’s attacking play. Adopted some terrific positions. Vision and weight of pass was immaculate; never more so than when sliding Mata in for chance on the hour mark. Should be a fixture in this team. 7

Memphis Depay Adventurous first five minutes hinted at an exciting performance in prospect from the former PSV Eindhoven winger. Memphis’s bright start proved something of a false dawn, however. The 21 year-old’s end product was unreliable, best illustrated when he was booked in the first-half trying to recover possession after he had run into a white shirt. 4

Wayne Rooney Had been better in possession than of late, but went and gifted the ball to Williams, who launched the charge for the home side’s leveller. Hesitant where it really matters, in front of goal. 5

Substitutes

Ashley Young Brought on to provide a fresh supply line on the right. Never really found his range, though, although one dangerous cross was intercepted by Williams. 4

Michael Carrick Couldn’t pick the pass that Van Gaal sent him on to provide from the base of a re-jigged three-man visiting midfield. 5

Marouane Fellaini Swansea handled the Belgian’s physical menace well, although Fellaini’s under-rated ability deserves more than to be a serially used battering-ram when things get desperate for his side. 5

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