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MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 SWANSEA CITY: Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester United hold tight on second place

Romelu Lukaku is the fifth youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals

Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester United strengthened their grip on second place and dented Swansea's survival hopes.

Lukaku gave United an early lead when he collected Alexis Sanchez's pass to fire in with the aid of a deflection.

Sanchez's crisp strike soon doubled the advantage - only his second league goal for United - as the hosts dominated.

Swansea improved after the break, Tammy Abraham twice denied by David de Gea, but United were always in control.

Jose Mourinho's side re-opened a two-point gap over third-placed Liverpool, who won 2-1 at Crystal Palace earlier on Saturday.

Swansea stay three points clear of the relegation zone, but drop down a place to 15th

Alexis Sanchez, mouth agape and sliding on his knees towards the corner flag is a sight Premier League fans are well used to by now. And yet when the Chilean set off on his trademark celebration 20 minutes into Manchester United’s routine 2-0 win over Swansea it felt like the moment he had truly arrived at Old Trafford.

Since signing from Arsenal in January, Alexis has struggled for consistency - albeit in a team that has rarely played to his strengths. His only previous goal came after Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl parried a weak penalty back into his path. So patchy was his form he was benched for the FA Cup tie against Brighton prior to the international break.

But having been reintroduced to the starting XI and deployed on the left-hand side of an attacking trio behind central striker Romelu Lukaku he began to thrive, drifting inside to lay on the opening goal for the Belgian forward, who netted for the 100th time in the Premier League via Alfie Mawson’s knee.

More travel trouble for Swansea - the stats
  • Romelu Lukaku is the 28th different player, first Belgian and fifth youngest to score 100 Premier League goals.
  • Manchester United have won all three meetings with Swansea in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals and conceding none.
  • The Red Devils have won each of their last five Premier League home games, netting exactly twice in each of the last four.
  • Swansea have won just one of their last 14 Premier League away games, drawing four and losing nine.
  • The Swans had as many shots on target in this game - two - as they had managed in their three previous Premier League away games.
  • Alexis Sanchez had a hand in more Premier League goals in the opening 20 minutes of this match (one goal and one assist) than he had in his previous six appearances (one goal).
  • Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in all 10 of his previous meetings with Swansea in all competitions, beating five different managers in that time.

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