Swansea City Reap Rewards of Shrewd Transfer Window with Win over Man United

Jake NisseFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Swansea celebrate their win over Manchester United
Swansea celebrate their win over Manchester UnitedJon Super/Associated Press

Giving Louis van Gaal a rude introduction to the EPL, Swansea shocked Manchester United 2-1 Saturday at Old Trafford.

And while Wayne Routledge provided his usual pace, Wilfried Bony held up the ball effectively, and Ashley Williams displayed his expected defensive discipline, a large reason for Swansea's victory was the solid play they received from their newcomers.

On the surface, it may look like Swansea took some steps back over the transfer window, as they lost promising left-back Ben Davies, starting goalkeeper Michael Vorm, target man Michu and sold off Pablo Hernandez and Chico to the Qatar Stars League, according to Transfermarkt

However, the Swans have certainly brought in some players of their own.

Per Transfermarkt, they've picked up menacing French striker Bafitembi Gomis for free and signed the pacy Jefferson Montero for a reasonable £4 million. They've also acquired playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson from Spurs and replaced the struggling Vorm with Lukas Fabianski for nothing.

Also of note was the recalling of Ki Sung-Yueng from loan, who played the previous season with Sunderland.

Though Swansea did lose some key contributors, they've managed to maintain a solid crop of attackers and have netted over £10 million in the process.

One of those absolutely vital attackers is surely Sigurdsson, who was active in all aspects of the match vs. Manchester United. The Icelandic international recorded four interceptions, two shots on target, drew two fouls and scored the winning goal, as per WhoScored.com

Sigurdsson picked up where he left off at Swansea with an impressive attacking performance
Sigurdsson picked up where he left off at Swansea with an impressive attacking performanceAlex Livesey/Getty Images

Early indications say he will be a talisman for the Welsh side, dictating play from behind the striker.

Equally as impressive was Sung-Yueng, who did not play in a Swansea shirt last season but looked more than comfortable pulling the strings in a deep central midfield role. Aside from registering an impressive 89 percent of his passes, he had four interceptions, two clearances and netted the first goal of the 2014-15 EPL with a tidy finish from 18 yards out.

Fabianski, though largely untested by an unimpressive United side, was steady throughout the match. He had four saves and claimed six crosses. 

Finally, Montero and Gomis were introduced to Swansea supporters as second-half substitutes, but both impressed respectively in their short time on the pitch.

Gomis, subbed on in the 77th minute, showcased his ability to hold up the ball and combine with his team-mates, looking an awful lot like team-mate Wilfried Bony.

Montero looked the part of an impressive EPL player, testing Phil Jones down the left flank with his ridiculous speed. He completed one dribble and attempted two crosses, including one that led to Sigurdsson's go-ahead strike.

Jefferson Montero had a positive EPL debut
Jefferson Montero had a positive EPL debutAlex Livesey/Getty Images

While United equalized the game with a Wayne Rooney overhead kick, Swansea were undoubtedly the more disciplined, organized and cohesive team, and fully deserved the three points.

After a transfer window where they managed to keep studs Ashley Williams and Wifried Bony, and added some attacking firepower, Swansea should feel optimistic about finishing mid-table and winning some points off bigger sides.

Information from WhoScored.com and ESPNFC used in this article