Today's media round-up
23rd February 2015
The media have had plenty to write about as the Swans claimed a first league double over Manchester United last weekend.
Goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Bafe Gomis earned the Swans a 2-1 win - a repeat scoreline from the opening-day victory at Old Trafford.
Below are snippets of stories from local and national media following the drama at the Liberty.
The Independent wrote: "Louis van Gaal's proclamation of Manchester United as the best side in the Premier League came back to haunt him as they were sunk by Swansea.
"The Dutchman's claim that the Red Devils were the best team in the land had been met with disbelief in some quarters and they did little to back up his confidence as a lack of craft and guile allowed Swansea to suffocate them.
"Matters had looked far more promising when a lovely move finished with Ander Herrera putting them in front. But Ki Sung-Yueng quickly equalised and Bafetimbi Gomis flicked in Jonjo Shelvey's ferocious shot to give Swansea a first League double over the Red Devils."
Of the winning goal, the Guardian reported: "Shelvey, back to his bristling best, let fly at maximum velocity from the inside right channel and the ball deflected past de Gea via Gomis, who appeared to be intent on getting out of the way.
"United pressed with ever-increasing urgency but the accuracy of a blunderbuss and Wales's standard bearers held on to their lead without real difficulty to record the double over their distinguished opponents for the first time."
The Daily Star spoke to United skipper Wayne Rooney, who said: "If we could have kept hold of the lead until half-time, Swansea would have had to have tried to come out more leaving even more space for us.
"As I said before, I thought we dominated but maybe didn't test the keeper enough up until they scored, that's disappointing given the play we had.
"It was one-way traffic and it felt like that on the pitch, it felt like a matter of time.
"We were putting them under pressure but they did defend the box well, putting bodies in front of the ball, but this is a blow for us, coming away from today with no points having played like that."
Rooney's midfield team-mate Juan Mata told the Express the Swans struck lucky with the win. He said: "I honestly think we were close to bring home the three points, especially because the feelings on the pitch at the start of the second half were good.
"We played almost all the time in Swansea's half of the pitch, but we weren't able to take any chance and we all know that football can be capricious.
"We were ahead after a great goal from Ander in the first half, but were defeated later on with a lucky goal from Gomis after Shelvey's shot.
"Sometimes you win games that you don't deserve to win, and some other times, and I think this is the case, you just don't get what you deserve... This is football!"
Meanwhile, Swans skipper Ashley Williams believed the hosts deserved to pick up three points. He told the South Wales Evening Post: "In our dressing room we felt we deserved to win.
"I don't know how they felt, that's up to them really. I counted that we had four chances before they scored, not clear-cut chances but in good positions where we feel we should have done better.
"There were two from the corners and Wayne (Routledge) had two chances.
"I don't remember us being opened up too often but we defended for a lot of the game. I thought we did it as a team brilliantly. On the whole, I feel that we deserved the win."