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Midfield alteration helped Swansea regain control in Man Utd win

Garry Monk has revealed that he needed to change his Swansea City midfield around in order to regain a footing against Manchester United on Sunday.


The Swans boss replaced Wayne Routledge with Ki Sung-yueng in the 58th minute at the Liberty Stadium when the score was 1-0 to United after Juan Mata's 48th-minute opener.

Ki's introduction prompted Monk to alter his midfield formation and it worked a treat as goals from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis delivered a courageous win for the home side.

Monk said: "We did change. We just felt they were overloading us a little bit in the middle, so we went to a diamond after 10 minutes in that second half.

"I think that helped us – we ended up getting two quickfire goals, and at the end we made a couple of little changes. They started to go long to Fellaini and we made a change there.

"I thought we saw the game out really well. I don't think they created too much.

"It was a good tackle from Ashley Williams on (Wayne) Rooney which could have been a dangerous situation, but apart from that I think we had the best chances in the game.

"The character we showed today – OK we didn't play our best, but when you don't do that the thing to do is to make sure you do your jobs properly, and we did that."

Andrew Slevison
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