Monk's delight with historic win

21st February 2015

Garry Monk was full of delight after his side completed a first-ever league double over Manchester United with a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium.

Monk's side made history after coming from behind to beat the Red Devils through goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Bafe Gomis.

Following an open start to proceedings, Ander Herrera put the visitors in front on 28 minutes with a precise finish across goal after a fine attacking move by the visitors.

But the Swans made an almost immediate reaction as Ki turned home Jonjo Shelvey's inviting cross to put the hosts back on terms.

Then, in the 73rd minute, a sublime Shelvey strike from 25-yards deflected off Gomis and past David De Gea to give Swansea the winner.

"We performed extremely well against very tough opposition," said Monk. "We had a plan going in to the game, and it's worked well. 

"The players have worked hard and have been really focused this week, so this one was for the whole group and of course the fans.

"Through the difficult moments today we stuck together and got a deserved win. I'm very pleased.

"With the players they have, they are always going to be able to create, but they only had one shot on goal in the second half.

"I felt the first half was quite even, and we played well. We responded to going a goal down exactly as you would want your team to respond. 

"In the second half we had to do certain things a little bit better and deal with some pressure. But all-in-all, we got the deserved second goal and could have had a third towards the end. It was a very pleasing performance.

"We created history today with six points over Manchester United this season. It is something everyone connected with the club should be proud of."

And the Swans boss is eager for his side to kick on from here to make sure they finish the campaign on a high.

He added: "We have an opportunity to create a special season for ourselves - it might not be winning the league or avoiding relegation, but we have things to have to fight for. 

"We want to be remembered, and we have a great chance to finish the season really strong. You could see that today in the performance. The whole team were fantastic." 

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was left frustrated after losing a game he felt his side should have won.

"It's alway frustrating when you lose and you are the dominant team," said the Dutchman. "We didn't score goals from the many chances we had. 

"First half was equal, but the second half there was a big difference. They had one chance early on, but after that we dominated the game and created chances. We weren't effective."