Swansea ground out a 1-0 win at Burnley in a scrappy and fairly uneventful game. It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. The match as a whole might not have thrown up too many highlights, but there were still encouraging signs for Swansea.
Manager Garry Monk must have liked what he saw when he aired out a new formation in last week's win over Manchester United, because he set his team up the same way this week against a more orthodox Burnley and once again the Swans' new shape looked solid.
After a historic victory over Manchester United on Saturday, the fixture list insists that Swansea come down from cloud nine and back to reality. Relegation-threatened Burnley aren't as illustrious an opponent as United, but with the title a two-horse race, the Clarets arguably have more to play for -- their Premier League status. Swansea will once again need to prove they can match a top-drawer performance against top-drawer opposition with the same level of concentration against a smaller side.
For the first time ever, Swansea have beaten Manchester United home and away in the same season.
It's nice to pause long enough to take stock of what Swansea have accomplished at times like these, but there is also a danger that the details of Saturday's 2-1 win might be overlooked in the celebrations. Most exciting is the fact that it showed a glimpse of the future.
SWANSEA, Wales -- Three observations from Swansea's 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium.
1. Man United: A better performance, a worse result
What must Louis van Gaal make of English football? For months his Manchester United side have played poorly, enjoyed moments of great fortune and lost just once in 19 games across the hardest period of the season. Then they go to Swansea City, a team that has won just once in the league since Boxing Day, they...
Swansea play host to Manchester United on Saturday in a game which which pits two very different teams, and two very different managers, against each other. Louis van Gaal will grace the visitor's technical area, a manager who plays the part of eccentric coach to perfection, while Swansea's own Garry Monk will provide staunch sensibility in contrast.
The knock on Van Gaal is that he doesn't know what his best side is, but that's secretly all part of the plan. The Dutchman has carefully cultivated...
In his postmatch interview, Swansea manager Garry Monk correctly identified that his side's lack of intensity was a major factor in a disappointing 2-0 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion. The question is: If Monk knew his team weren't performing well enough to get a result, why didn't he do more about it?
Without wanting to open old wounds, it doesn't seem very long ago that Monk's predecessor, Michael Luadrup, was coming under criticism for his apparently blasé touchline persona. Monk does...