Manchester United secured their fourth Premier League win on the bounce as they beat Swansea City by a 2-0 scoreline at Old Trafford on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the fifth minute after a delightful assist from Alexis Sanchez, and the latter completed the scoring for the Red Devils with a 20th-minute strike.
Three things we learned:
Romelu Lukaku sets Premier League record: The Belgium international received plenty of stick during the festive period, where he struggled to find the scoresheet on a regular basis. However, since the turn of the year, the 24-year-old has been in splendid form for Jose Mourinho’s side, and he scored for the third game on the trot this weekend. The goal was Lukaku’s 100th in the Premier League, he therefore became the quickest foreign player to achieve this feat.
Alexis Sanchez back with a bang: The Chilean had come for criticism from the United faithful earlier this month, owing to his tendency of losing possession of the ball, all too often. However, with the international break, the attacker appears to have got the chance to revive his old form, and he was hugely productive against Swansea with a goal and an assist. Sanchez’s work-rate faded prior to his substitution during the second period, and Mourinho said the Chilean suffered physically after featuring in the friendlies for Chile.
Manchester United maintain second spot: With Manchester City cruising towards the Premier League crown, United have made it a priority to finish in the runner-up position. With the victory over the Swans, United have a two-point advantage over Liverpool with a game in hand, but this could all change in the space of another week. United have a cross-town derby at City next Saturday, where the latter can seal the Premier League crown and Mourinho surely needs another tactical masterpiece to surprise the Citizens. United also have to contend with a home game versus Arsenal prior to the end of the campaign.