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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.

  • Football's back! Well, technically it was back last weekend with the start of the Football League, but y'know...football's back! Although there's an argument to suggest that it never went away what with the World Cup, international friendly tournaments and European qualifiers featuring the likes of FC Santos Tartu, Celtic and the Legia Warsaw legal department, but let's be honest, today is the day that we can finally shout "FOOTBALL'S BACK!"

    Yes, good afternoon and welcome to
    The Independent's live coverage of the start of the 2014/15 Premier League, some say top-flight, some mistakenly say Premiership.

    There are seven intriguing fixtures to kick-off this new campaign, and the first of those comes at Old Trafford this lunchtime where Louis van Gaal takes charge of Manchester United for the first time against Swansea City.

    Then, at three o'clock, we'll hop around five grounds as the goals fly in. Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers make their return to the Premier League at home to Everton and Hull respectively, while Stoke City take on Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion face Sunderland. Elsewhere, there's a lively London derby between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park.

    And we'll stay in the capital for another local encounter this evening between a much-fancied Arsenal side and a Crystal Palace outfit who threw their plans into disarray with the departure of manager Tony Pulis just two ago.

    I’m Sam Dymond, and I’ll be here to talk you through all the action from now until half past seven this evening. If you want to have your say on any of today's matches or the new season then either 'make a comment' using the facility above, tweet @sammydymond or send an old fashioned email to sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    8/16/2014 10:24:06 AM
  • Manchester United against Swansea kicks-off at Old Trafford at 12.45pm.

    8/16/2014 10:53:37 AM
  • The Manchester United and Swansea teams are in from Old Trafford.

    Louis van Gaal gives three players their Premier League debuts in his first game in charge of the Red Devils; big-money signing Anders Herrera starts in midfield, but there are surprise selections for Jesse Lingard on the wing and Tyler Blackett as part of a three-man defence. Wayne Rooney captains the side.

    Meanwhile, Swans boss Garry Monk fields two of his summer purchases with Lukasz Fabianski starting in goal, and Gylfi Sigurdsson making his second debut for the club. Other new signings, Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis, must settle for a place on the bench.

    Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Blackett, Lingard, Fletcher, Herrera, Young, Mata, Rooney, Hernandez

    Subs: Amos, James, M. Keane, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Januzaj

    Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Bony

    Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Richards, Tiendalli, Montero, Sheehan, Gomis

    Referee: Mike Dean
    8/16/2014 10:57:59 AM
  • Not had a chance to fully prepare for this new season? Don't know who's signed who and which managers are still charge? Made a complete mess of your Fantasy Football side? Unsure how to spell Lukas Jutkiewicz? Thank God for that, I'm not alone.

    In which case, you may find The Independent's essential guide to the new Premier League season as helpful as I did.
    8/16/2014 11:34:59 AM
  • New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal unleashes his 3-4-1-2 system on Swansea City and the Premier League this lunchtime. The Independent's Ian Herbert discusses the merits of his favoured formation in his match preview.


    Van Gaal
     says his 3-4-1-2 allows him to deploy both a No 10 and two strikers, having found his squad “imbalanced” by the number of attackers he inherited. That trio play ahead of two central midfielders and two wing-backs – the lynchpins of the system, who need to attack and defend in equal measure.
    8/16/2014 11:42:05 AM
  • KICK-OFF: The first Premier League match of the 2014/15 season is underway with Manchester United kicking from left to right, and immediately Jesse Lingard shows a willingness to get forward down the right flank as one of the home side's wing-backs, but the immediate danger is cleared.

    It was a rapturous Old Trafford welcome as both sides emerged from the tunnel, and while some of it undoubtedly was for the players, you get the impression that the home supporters were signalling their approval towards Louis van Gaal. Mind you, I seem to remember David Moyes receiving a similar greeting a year ago.

    New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal salutes the Old Trafford crowd. 
    8/16/2014 11:45:59 AM
  • 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
  • 85 mins: The names are mounting up in Mike Dean's notebook as Blackett and Young both enter for fouls on Swansea players born out of frustration. It's been that kind of afternoon for Manchester United. They'll hope it's not going to be another one of those seasons.
    8/16/2014 1:31:36 PM
  • 90 mins: The clock strikes 90 minutes at Old Trafford, and there will just be another four for Swansea to see out before claiming a vital win. The hosts are trying to find a second equaliser of the afternoon, but they are now resorting to deep crosses into the box which have so far either sailed out of play, or into the confident hands of Fabianski.
    8/16/2014 1:35:04 PM
  • 90+3 mins: And those confident hands take another cross, perhaps the last of the game, from Janazuj on the left. There are only seconds remaining...
    8/16/2014 1:38:04 PM
  • 90+4 mins: It's pinball wizard inside the Swansea City penalty area as Fellaini nods down at the far post. It leads to a Januzaj volley that smashes into Wayne Rooney. Seconds later, there's an appeal for handball as Angel Rangel leaves an arm out with Januzaj trying to put the ball back into the area, but Mike Dean indicates a categorial no. Is that it?
    8/16/2014 1:39:42 PM
  • FULL TIME - MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SWANSEA 2:

    While Simon Hart awaits Louis van Gaal's post-match press conference, he's phoned in his take on this lunchtime's encounter...

    Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford reign begins with a defeat which only underlines the task the Dutchman faces. He looked to have saved United with his half-time tactical switch from 3-4-2-1 to 4-3-3 – a move that brought the home side briefly to life with Wayne Rooney equalising. Yet a performance lacking pace and dynamism proved ultimately similar to many of their setbacks last season and they were punished by weak defending as Ashley Young, the makeshift left-back, was caught out in the lead-up Gylvi Sigurdsson’s winner on his second Swansea debut.
    8/16/2014 1:39:52 PM
  • Three o'clock team news.

    Leicester v Everton

    Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent

    Subs: Hamer, Hammond, Schlupp, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Wasilewski, Wood

    Everton: Howard, Stones, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, McGeady, Naismith, Lukaku

    Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Coleman, Alcaraz

    Referee: Mike Jones


    QPR v Hull

    QPR: Green, Simpson, Traore, Dunne, Caulker, Ferdinand, Barton, Mutch, Faurlin, Austin, Remy

    Subs: Murphy, Hill, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Hoilett, Zamora

    Hull: McGregor, Davies, Chester, Bruce, Elmohamady, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Snodgrass, Ince, Jelavic

    Subs: Harper, McShane, Figueroa, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Aluko

    Referee: Craig Pawson


    Stoke v Aston Villa

    Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Bojan, Ireland, Arnautovic, Diouf

    Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Muniesa, Adam, Walters, Sidwell, Crouch

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Vlaar, Senderos, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor

    Subs: Given, Baker, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Bent, Grealish

    Referee: Anthony Taylor


    West Brom v Sunderland

    West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner, Dorrans, Berahino, Brunt, Anichebe

    Subs: Myhill, Ideye, Davidson, O’Neil, Sessegnon, Yacob, Baird

    Sunderland: Mannone, Roberge, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher

    Subs: Pantilimon, Bridcutt, Gomez, Altidore, Mavrias, Graham, Buckley

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick


    West Ham v Tottenham 

    West Ham: Adrian, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Nolan, Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Cole, Vaz Te

    Subs: Jaaskelainen, Zarate, Demel, Diame, Poyet, Valencia, Burke 

    Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Dier, Kaboul, Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue; Lennon, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor

    Subs: Friedel, Soldado, Holtby, Townsend, Kane, Dawson, Davies

    Referee: Chris Foy
    8/16/2014 1:43:18 PM
  • And here we go! There are five games about to kick-off in the Premier League, and we'll have live updates from each and every one.
    8/16/2014 1:59:26 PM
  • QPR 0 Hull 0: The visitors have begun brightly at Loftus Road with Robert Snodgrass dashing his way into the area, but his low cross into the centre was expertly dealt with by the wise old feet of Rio Ferdinand. The former England defender is Harry Redknapp's captain this afternoon, and was given a great welcome by the home support before kick-off.
    8/16/2014 2:05:50 PM
  • GOAL! WEST BROM 0 SUNDERLAND 1:

    Sunderland have begun the new season just as they finished the last - on fire! Lee Cattermole doesn't get many goals it's a safe bet to suggest that he hasn't netted a better one than this. A corner for the visitors was cleared to the midfielder 25 yards out, and he sent an astonishing effort into the top right-hand corner. An incredibly early goal of the season contender?

    Lee Cattermole thunders Sunderland into the lead. 
    8/16/2014 2:06:00 PM
  • Stoke 0 Aston Villa 0: There's a first sight of Bojan in the Premier League for home supporters but the former Barcelona man fired wide once he twinkle-toed his way into the Aston Villa box. Will he able to do it on a warm August afternoon in Stoke?
    8/16/2014 2:17:37 PM
  • QPR 0 Hull 0: How Charlie Austin will cope with the step up to the Premier League is one of the most intriguing questions being asked, and the former Kintbury Rangers striker nearly issued an early positive riposte. Controlling Alejandro Faurlin's pass into the box, Austin swivelled and just pulled his shot wide of Allan McGregor's post.
    8/16/2014 2:21:10 PM
  • GOAL! LEICESTER 0 EVERTON 1:

    It's another brilliant goal on the opening day of this Premier League season! Kasper Schmeichel thought he had done his job by denying Sylvain Distin's effort, but the ball rebounded to Aiden McGeady, and the former Celtic forward unleashed a wonderful curling effort that flew into the back off the net off the inside of the post. It's McGeady's first goal for Everton. and it's an absolute cracker.

    Aiden McGeady curls Everton into the lead at Leicester. 
    8/16/2014 2:21:22 PM
  • GOAL! LEICESTER 1 EVERTON 1:

    What a response from newly-promoted Leicester, and it's 
    Leonardo Ulloa on his debut who has equalised! The Foxes won a corner on the left-hand side, and as the resulting delivery bounced around the Everton goalmouth, Distin was unable to clear and Leicester's record signing lashed the ball into the back of the net 100 seconds after his side had fallen behind.

    8/16/2014 2:22:27 PM
  • RED CARD! MISSED PENALTY! WEST HAM 0 TOTTENHAM 0:

    The only trouble with football being back is that it means Chris Foy is also back, and the official is already making a mess of things at Upton Park. The grey-haired referee has awarded the home side a penalty after adjudging that Kyle Naughton has deliberately handballed after blocking Kevin Nolan's turn-and-shot at close range. The Tottenham defender did have his arms in the air which makes the penalty award debatable, but surely the subsequent red card for Naughton was a huge injustice.

    That could well have been the thought of Mark Noble because there's little else to explain the nonchalant rolling wide of the subsequent spot-kick. The West Ham midfielder sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way, but was a good yard off target from 12 yards.

    8/16/2014 2:30:07 PM
  • QPR 0 Hull 0: The visitors want a penalty but Craig Pawson is not interested. It was Nikica Jelavic who appeared to be shoved to the ground by Armand Traore.
    8/16/2014 2:41:44 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! WEST BROM 1 SUNDERLAND 1:

    Albion have an opportunity to bring themselves level at the Hawthorns because Neil Swarbrick has awarded the home side a penalty. You'd think it would take a lot to push over VIctor Anichebe, but it turns out that's not the case. The burly striker crashed to the deck under the attention of Valentin Roberge, and Saido Berahino will take aim from the spot.

    The young Baggies striker makes no mistake, knocking the ball past Vito Mannone to equalise.
    8/16/2014 2:42:01 PM
  • GOAL! LEICESTER 1 EVERTON 2:

    Everton are going to lead at the end of an entertaining first half at the King Power Stadium. Leighton Baines combined with Steven Pienaar on the left, and a low cross into the box was converted by Steven Naismith. The Scot sidefooted his effort past Schmeichel and off the underside of the crossbar.
    8/16/2014 2:45:33 PM
  • HALF-TIME - WEST HAM 0 TOTTENHAM 0:
    8/16/2014 2:47:28 PM
  • HALF-TIME - WEST BROM 1 SUNDERLAND 1:
    8/16/2014 2:47:47 PM
  • HALF-TiME - STOKE 0 ASTON VILLA 0:
    8/16/2014 2:48:37 PM
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