Paul Pogba returned to the starting line-up, Romelu Lukaku scoring his 100th Premier League goal and Alexis Sánchez rejoining his goal, although this comfortable win over a Swansea side-footer not only triggered Manchester United's expensive achievements  Jesse Lingard was not only the star of another show, sometimes in the game where he directed the show, due to his excellent midweek England performance. When the 25-year-old scored the first two goals, it was hard to believe that he was still marginalized a few months ago, or that his first-team appearances were likely to be rationed after Sánchez's arrival.
For the moment, it's Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who are suffering the same fate, that put the attacking couple back on the bench, but there's no doubt that Lingard deserves his place in the side. The Warrington player who is a link-up player with a useful supporting role in spectacular goals quickly becomes a go-to-man. Sánchez and Juan Mata both play in the No. 10 position, while Lingard occasionally occupy the same place as the other two, but United was the most effective when he asked for the ball in the middle, which then had the say
The two halftime goals both came in this form, with Lingard putting Lukaku in the clear after five minutes, and then Sánchez did the same with an involuntary dismissal from Federico Fernández
They became slick like United in those early stages helped by some pretty naive defense, tried with Swansea and most of the time the game missed a high line. Lukaku could still have scored in the first half when Sánchez & # 39; shot shot him free, only that this time the finish was not so instinctive and Lukasz Fabianski was able to save.
Lingard himself could have scored on several occasions The goal was a cross from Antonio Valencia, who controlled a short pass from Lukaku and elegantly gave space for a shot from the penalty area, but one hand too far to bring the ball too far ,
Carlos Carvalhal reacted to a 2-0 mini-match and sent Tammy Abraham and Tom Carroll into the second half, closely followed by Wayne Routledge when Sam Clucas was injured. At least Abraham made a difference – David de Gea got something to do for the first time in the game. The substitute tested the United goalkeeper early in the second half to discover that his reaction was not affected by inactivity. De Gea flew to his right to produce a one-handed defense from Abraham's first shot on the turn, then went to a routine stop as the striker wiped off a shot from close to the penalty spot.
United was not Sánchez and Mata both had a good chance when Lukaku and Pogba stood with their backs to the goal, but in the second half Swansea saw more like her old self or maybe her new self since Carvalhal changed her chances of survival. After all, Lukaku would have needed to make the winning goal clear ten minutes before the end of the game when he hit Pogba's disinterested flank on the chest but shot Fabianski from close range
The three points made United go to Manchester City next week in second place in the table – they were back in third place a few hours after defeating Liverpool at the Crystal Palace – and José Mourinho seems to get his apologies early. "We want to be the best team in the Premier League but that's not realistic this season," said the United manager. "It's clear to everyone that this club is in a moment of transition."
Funny enough, Louis van Gaal liked to say that. It will be a pretty long moment.