Saturday’s Premier League as it happened including Manchester United 1 Swansea 2, West Ham 0 Tottenham 1 and Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 1 - Live coverage - The Independent

Saturday’s Premier League as it happened including Manchester United 1 Swansea 2, West Ham 0 Tottenham 1 and Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 1

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United were beaten by Swansea in the Premier League. 
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of what was the opening day of the Premier League season. Sam Dymond was on hand with all the action on a Saturday that saw Manchester United beaten by Swansea in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge, Tottenham claim a dramatic win at West Ham and Arsenal leave it just as late to beat Crystal Palace.

    6 mins: There have been no clear-cut chances as of yet at Old Trafford, but there would have been had Wayne Routledge's first touch not deserted him. The Swansea winger was alert to Jonjo Shelvey's clever ball over the top of Phil Jones, and had a clear run on David de Gea having shaken off Lingard, but he completely failed to take the ball with him in his path. The home players and fans breathe a sigh of relief, but it's an an early warning for United's new-look back three.
    8/16/2014 11:53:20 AM
    11 mins: Anders Herrera has made an impressive start to his Manchester United career with some clever touches in midfield, and Lingard continues to see plenty of the ball on the right-hand side. However, after some lengthy possession in the final third, the hosts lost the ball and the Swans immediately looked dangerous on the break; Nathan Dyer had a great opportunity to run at debutant Tyler Blackett, but instead opted for a poor ball infield. Moments later, Gylfi Sigurdsson tries his luck from distance on his Swansea return, but De Gea gets down low to save.
    8/16/2014 11:59:20 AM
    17 mins: Wayne Rooney is playing the Steven Gerrard role this afternoon. And by that I mean he's got the captain's armband and he's trying to do everything himself. Dropping increasingly deep, the Manchester United forward has twice taken aim from long range with teammates better placed in the past few minutes; most recently with an audacious attempt of a 25-yard chip after a couple of drops of the shoulder. 
    8/16/2014 12:04:12 PM
    21 mins: Jesse Lingard is down and looks in some considerable discomfort after a thumping challenge with Ashley Williams. The sight of the stretcher combined with the anguished look on the United youngster's face suggests that it's a debut about to be cut short, but after hobbling to his feet and then the touchline, Lingard tells Ryan Giggs that he wants to continue. He's back on, but his movement will be closely monitored by the United bench.

    Jesse Lingard receives treatment after clashing with Ashley Williams. 
    8/16/2014 12:08:18 PM
    24 mins: That didn't take a lot of monitoring. Adnan Januzaj is on in place of Lingard, who reluctantly but respectfully leaves the field.
    8/16/2014 12:10:00 PM
    26 mins: Phil Jones forces Lukasz Fabianski into his first real save of the afternoon with a poorly aimed cross from the right that the Polish stopper has to tip over at the near post. In fairness to the United defender, he was clattered by Williams as he delivered the ball into the area and referee Mike Dean agrees, awarding a free-kick to the hosts. The result is a whipped-in free-kick from Juan Mata but the real excitement was conjured by the first sight of vanishing spray in the Premier League.

    The biggest cheer of the day. 
    8/16/2014 12:13:12 PM
    28 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SWANSEA 1:

    This wasn't supposed to happen to Louis van Gaal's Manchester United! Swansea lead at Old Trafford thanks to a beautifully placed 20-yard shot by Ki Sung-Yueng! The visitors have looked dangerous on the counter attack in this first half, and it's eventually paid dividends when Sigurdsson made his way in from the left wing. His square ball across the edge of the area took Blackett and Smalling out of the equation, and when Bony blocked off the path off Jones, Ki was perfectly-placed to cushion the ball left-footed into the bottom right corner. It sends the away fans momentarily delirious before they break into a chorus of "You're getting sacked in the morning!"

    Ki Sung-Yeung side-foots Swansea into a surprise lead at Old Trafford.
    8/16/2014 12:13:31 PM
    37 mins: There's been little to lift United's spirits since the goal. The hosts continue to dictate possession - and Swansea are happy for them to do so - but it's still the away side that look the more threatening on the break. There have been one or two anonymous performances in United's ranks in this first half unless my team sheet telling me that Ashley Young is playing is wrong.
    8/16/2014 12:25:29 PM
    Well, it's one way of describing his first half performance...


    8/16/2014 12:30:38 PM
    45 mins: There will be three minutes of injury time before Mike Dean brings the first half at Old Trafford to a close...
    8/16/2014 12:31:26 PM
    HALF-TIME - MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SWANSEA 1:
    8/16/2014 12:33:39 PM
    And here's another one who has failed to make an impact so far...


    8/16/2014 12:40:10 PM
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: Louis van Gaal makes his second change at the start of the second half with Nani, who was given instructions at length by his manager just before the end of the first period, on in place of the ineffectual Javier Hernandez. It's likely to mean a shift in system for the home side.
    8/16/2014 12:50:15 PM
    48 mins: Neil Taylor is cautioned for scything down Januzaj as the Belgian marauded down the right flank. The change in formation has brought an immediate change in pace of United's play.


    8/16/2014 12:54:53 PM
    53 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SWANSEA 1:

    Manchester United are level! And the first goal of the Louis van Gaal reign is scored by his captain, Wayne Rooney! The direct running of Adnan Januzaj down the right was again the catalyst with the 19-year-old winning a corner that was swung over by Juan Mata. Phil Jones leapt with Ki at the near post, and the ball eventually fell to Rooney six yards out; his acrobatic hook over the shoulder was emphatic and, eight minutes into the second half, it's all square at Old Trafford.

    Wayne Rooney hooks in Manchester United's equaliser.
    8/16/2014 12:56:10 PM
    59 mins: And now United are threatening every time they attack. Since the equaliser, both Rooney and Mata have shown wonderful close control inside the penalty area but have been denied at the final moment. Credit must go to Van Gaal for the changes he made at the break, and the shift to a 4-4-1-1 formation that he has implemented since the restart.
    8/16/2014 1:05:54 PM
    66 mins: Wayne Rooney is a thwack of the crossbar away from doubling his and Manchester United's tally. The goalscorer took it upon himself to take a free-kick that he won himself after being felled by Jordi Almat 25-yards from goal, but his lovely curled right-footed effort clattered the top of the right post and dropped the wrong side of the Swansea goal.
    8/16/2014 1:12:23 PM
    72 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SWANSEA 2:

    Swansea City are back in front at Old Trafford! And again it comes from an exceptionally smart counter-attack! Wilfried Bony cleverly took a quick free-kick in the centre of the pitch and fed Gylfi Sigurdsson, who knocked the ball out wide for the on-rushing substitute Jefferson Montero. The Ecuadorian left winger sent a lovely ball over to Wayne Routledge at the far post, and when he completely mis-hit his shot across goal, Sigurdsson was in the right place to convert past David de Gea from close range.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson makes a goalscoring return to Swansea City. 
    8/16/2014 1:16:01 PM
    82 mins: Manchester United are committing men forward, and it nearly opened up an opportunity for another of Swansea's substitutes, Bafetimbi Gomis, to seal the game. The French forward burst through on goal, but a heavy touch gave Jones just enough time to get back and block the shot. Meanwhile, Ki has seen yellow for a shirt pull on Marouane Fellaini, who reacted by swinging an arm into the Swansea's man face; an action that brought no punishment from Mike Dean.
    8/16/2014 1:28:54 PM
    RED CARD! WEST HAM 0 TOTTENHAM 0:

    It's ten aside at Upton Park because James Collins has been dismissed for a second bookable offence. Emmanuel Adebayor picked the ball up in midfield and set off towards goal, but as he knocked the ball past the West Ham centre-half he was stopped in his tracks. There wasn't much Collins could do, but his infringement means his second yellow card and a red.

    The resulting free-kick needs two attempts to be taken after a fan invades the pitch to take the first. Christian Eriksen eventually takes aim, but - worryingly enough - his effort isn't as good or on target as the West Ham supporter's before him.


    8/16/2014 3:22:14 PM
    QPR 0 Hull 1: Rob Green has kept Queens Park Rangers in the game with a fine block to deny Tom Ince as he raced through one-on-one on goal. Harry Redknapp's preference for three at the back is currently proving as fruitful as Louis van Gaal's.
    8/16/2014 3:27:36 PM
    GOAL! WEST BROM 2 SUNDERLAND 1:

    West Bromwich Albion have come from behind to lead and it's a first Premier League double for Saido Berahino! It was a real poacher's effort from the 21-year-old, who was alert to convert Craig Gardner's cross at the back post. Alan Irvine is 16 minutes away from seeing his side win in his first game in charge.

    Saido Berahino salutes his brace.
    8/16/2014 3:32:06 PM
    64 mins: Giroud is now on for Arsene Wenger's team, replacing the ineffectual Yaya Sanogo, and immediately the home side are a little more direct with their build-up. However, Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland continue to stand up to the task.
    8/16/2014 5:56:13 PM
    69 mins: And now Oxlade-Chamberlain is on too as Arsene Wenger goes for the broke. The 21-year-old takes over from Jack Wilshere, and announces himself with an impressive double shot of snot out of each nostril as he enters the pitch.

    Arsene Wenger: slightly disgusted with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 
    8/16/2014 5:58:41 PM
    73 mins: More half-hearted appeals for a penalty from the home fans as Giroud pirouettes to the ground following a tussle with Hangeland. It causes a wry smile from the defender, but his centre-back partner isn't so happy; Scott Dann has gone down and won't be able to continue. The 27-year-old limps off the park and is replaced by Damien Delaney. That could be key to the final quarter of an hour of this game.
    8/16/2014 6:04:02 PM
    79 mins: Alexis Sanchez has had a steady start to his career in the Premier League, but he's let himself down with two deliveries in the past few minutes; first overhitting a free-kick from a dangerous area on the left and then following suit with a cross. Meanwhile, Martin Kelly is the latest Crystal Palace player to need treatment, and, unsurprisingly, the home fans don't like it one bit.
    8/16/2014 6:09:11 PM
    84 mins: "Better from Arsenal," says Gary Neville for Sky Sports as Giroud makes room for himself inside the penalty area and fizzes a shot on the turn across the face of goal. It was a sharp end to some quick passing around the Palace box from Cazorla and Sanchez. 
    8/16/2014 6:13:59 PM
    86 mins: "Worse from Arsenal," says Sam Dymond for The Independent as Oxlade-Chamberlain bursts down the right-hand side and spoons his cross into the stand behind the goal.
    8/16/2014 6:15:17 PM
    89 mins: RED CARD! Crystal Palace will have to play out the final minute plus stoppage time with ten men because Jason Puncheon has been sent off by referee Jon Moss. The winger was already on a yellow card when he needlessly slid in on Monreal out on the touchline, and caught the Arsenal substitute on the boot. 
    8/16/2014 6:17:16 PM
    90 mins: There will be five minutes of injury time...
    8/16/2014 6:18:55 PM
    90+1 mins: GOAL! ARSENAL 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 1:

    Aaron Ramsey has surely won it for Arsenal! Crystal Palace had only been down to ten men for a minute, but that's all it needed for the Gunners to find a decisive goal. The Eagles only conceded once from a set-piece under Tony Pulis last season, but both Arsenal goals this evening have stemmed from dead balls. Here, a corner was only partially cleared, and when it was put back into the danger zone, Laurent Koscielny kept the ball alive with a header, Mathieu Debuchy had a shot blocked by Julian Speroni, and Ramsey forced the ball over the line from just four yards out. For the second time tonight, Arsenal have found a goal in injury time when it looked as though there was no way through - is this the sign of champions?

    Arsenal players celebrate Aaron Ramsey's winning goal.

    8/16/2014 6:19:30 PM
    FULL TIME - ARSENAL 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 1:
    8/16/2014 6:23:18 PM
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