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"This day will go down as one of SCFC's greatest ever"

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Fans cheer after the Swans storm home with a 2-1 season-opening victory over Man U

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SWANS fans and football pundits have hailed the team's perfect start to the season following Saturday's shock away win Manchester United.

The 2-1 victory at Old Trafford was the main talking point on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

Manager Gary Monk urged caution following the game, warning there will be "downs" as well as "ups" over the next nine months.

But that did not stop supporters revelling in the club's first away league win at United.

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It saw United lose at home on the opening day of the season for the first time in 42 years, since Ipswich beat them 3-2 in 1972.

Writing on the Evening Post's website Abertawe Jack said: "This day will go down as one of SCFC's greatest and against all odds.

"I don't care what the media or anyone else says about Man Utd not being up to scratch."

NewYearGirl said: "What a great team they were. They all played as a team and not individually and it worked.

"Hopefully they continue to do it that way, we hit the so called experts for six as well as the so called greatest team."

Another reader wrote: "To go to Old Trafford and win, well it's what dreams are made of. The acid test will come in the next two games, since victories against Burnley and West Brom are now expected. Hope the team don't get carried away and assume they will win. This Premier League can be very unforgiving."

If the Swans do continue their winning start to the season, then some fans will no doubt be hoping for riches.

More than 20 optimistic Swans supporters have backed Garry Monk's men to win the Premier League this season — at odds of 1,000-1.

The highest wager made with leading bookmaker Paddy Power is £10 — meaning a £10,000 payout should the Swans create one of the biggest shocks in football history.

Following the game many pundits focused more on United's performance that Swansea's.

It was the first league game in charge of the club for new boss Louis Van Gaal.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton said: "I don't think anyone expected that, United have battered everyone in pre-season and you have the van Gaal factor. It's a coupon buster — but you look at the United side and it doesn't fill you with fear."

And Sky football pundit Chris Kamara said: "I think everybody expected Manchester United to roll Swansea over, but Garry Monk and his boys have gone there and enjoyed themselves."

BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker tweeted: "Ashley Williams immense. Perhaps Van Gaal was showing Ed Woodward how much they need to spend."

Swans chaplain and match day MC Kevin Johns could not hide his delight at the result.

Shortly after the final whistle he tweeted: "I'm happier than a professor of happiness at the university of chuffed."

Channel Four news political corresponded Michael Crick, who is a Manchester United fan, was less pleased.

Referencing the open game to last season when the Swans played United at the Liberty Stadium he tweeted: "After 4-1 win at Swansea on opening day last Aug headlines were 'New manager, same old United'. After Swansea win today same headlines apply."

Meanwhile Swans right back Angel Rangel paid tribute to the fans who made the journey north. He tweeted: "Big mention to our jack army today, as always behind us."

Club captain Ashley Williams was named man-of-the-match by many at the game. In his post-match interview the defender said: " "I've never seen a Swansea team with so many players leading by example.

"I will remember this game for the rest of my life."

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