London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late goal as Swansea City spoiled Louis van Gaal’s coaching debut with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League showdown at Old Trafford.
Sigurdsson scored the game-winner 18 minutes from time as Van Gaal, who replaced David Moyes, endured a day he will want to forget in his opening Premier League fixture.
United struggled in the Dutchman’s 3-4-1-2 system and they found themselves behind when Ki Sung-yueng scored from 20 yards just before the half-hour.
Van Gaal swapped to 4-4-1-1 in the second half and it appeared to be the tonic for United’s response, led by new captain Wayne Rooney, who tied the match with a overhead kick eight minutes after the break.
Rooney saw his outstanding free-kick crash against a post with 24 minutes left and Old Trafford was stunned when Sigurdsson, Swansea’s main signing of the close season, finished well after Wayne Routledge’s cut-back.
The victory was Swansea’s second at Old Trafford in 2014 after the Welsh club also won a third-round FA Cup tie by the same scoreline in January.
“We don’t reach our level, what we have showed in the past matches, and that is disappointing because this is the most important match,” said van Gaal.
Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey scored in stoppage time to lift Arsenal to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.
Crystal Palace took an early lead behind Brede Hangeland’s corner kick in the 35th minute but the Gunners found an equalizer on the stroke of halftime through defender Laurent Kocielny.
Things went south for Palace late on as Jason Puncheon was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 89th minute and Ramsey was on the doorstep moments later following a corner kick to smash home the winning goal for Arsene Wenger’s club.
In other matches, Everton and Leicester City settled for a 2-2 draw; Hull City downed Queens Park Rangers, 1-0; Aston Villa edged Stoke City, 1-0; West Bromwich and Sunderland battled to a 2-2 deadlock; and Tottenham Hotspur downed West Ham United, 1-0.