Date: 17th August 2013 at 10:21pm
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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup admitted that the finishing quality was the difference between the two teams, as his side went down to a 4-1 opening day defeat against defending champions Manchester United.

Laudrup’s tactical plan was to put pressure on the visitors before trying to go for the win after the break, but hopes of that being effective were ended by a 2-minute spell that put United in the driving seat.

The defence were left to look very suspect by clinical finishing of the highest quality by their main man Van Persie, who netted a brace. He volleyed home the first, before Welbeck doubled the lead just two minutes later as Swansea’s hard work and dominance was all for nothing.

The Swans looked promising in the opening half an hour, enjoying a lot of good possession with crisp passing, leaving Moyes’ men chasing the ball for long periods, but they did look more dangerous in front of goal as there were a few scares before they opened the scoring.

Laudrup said:

“Our plan was to put Manchester United under pressure in the first half and then maybe in the second half we could go for the win,”

“That went quite well until the 32nd minute, but suddenly you saw the difference.

“Maybe we could have done better for the second goal, but to concede two in two minutes against United is too much.

“It`s very difficult to come back then. We made changes and we created some chances, but then another fantastic finish meant it was game over.

“If there was one difference today, it was the finishing.

“When you see the scoreline you would think there was a huge difference between the sides.

“But when you see the game, the difference for me was the finishing. That`s why the big players play for the big teams – the two goals from van Persie were world class.

“It happened to us before when we played Tottenham last season. We dominated that game and then suddenly Gareth Bale changed things.”


Laudrup also told his players they now have to move on from the heavy defeat:

“I said to the players that you just have to move on after a game like this,”

“Manchester United and Swansea are playing for two different things in the competition.

“It`s not against teams like them where we have to see where we are.”