Monk proud of Swansea victory

Swansea City manager Garry Monk was proud of his side after they secured their first ever league double over Manchester United with a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, reports ESPN.

Having seen off the Red Devils at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season by the same scoreline, Swansea started the better side as they looked for a first home win since Boxing Day, with Bafetimbi Gomis seeing his goal-bound header cleared off the line by Ander Herrera.

The Spaniard was then effective at the other end as he put Man Utd in front, latching on to Angel Di Maria’s pass to drive a precise shot in off the far post. However, the hosts were soon level, with Ki Sung-Yueng flicking Jonjo Shelvey’s cross beyond David De Gea.

The visitors then went on to dominate the second period in terms of possession and territory, but rarely tested goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. And they were punished on 73 minutes as Gomis deflected Shelvey’s shot into the net.

After the game, United boss Louis van Gaal felt his side were unlucky to lose on the balance of play, but Monk disagreed saying: “We had to ride some pressure second half but we’re playing Manchester United with the squad and players they have. They’re always going to create but I think they had only one shot on goal second half.

“I thought the first half was quite even, felt we played well and responded how you’d want your team to respond after going behind. We were pushing and we had a couple of chances cleared off the line, so we were more than competing. Through the difficult moments in the second half we stuck together and I thought we deserved the win.”

On claiming the double over their opponents, Monk added: “We’ve created history by taking six points off United and we’ve performed extremely well to do it. To do the double over United for the first time in our history, everyone connected with the club should be extremely proud of that.”

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