Moyes gets off to winning start with United

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David Moyes got off to the perfect Premier League start with Manchester United. Two goals apiece from Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck secured a 4-1 away win at Swansea, suggesting that the transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to Moyes might not be quite as traumatic as expected.

Moyes has already emulated Ferguson by whingeing about the fixture list and phoning the Premier League to complain, but United had little trouble against an erratic Swansea side. Van Persie's two goals, a week after he had scored twice in the Community Shield, were particularly impressive. "I thought we were incisive, our finishing was fantastic," Moyes said after the game. "It was a brilliant performance against a Swansea team who I believe will do very well this season."

The Scottish manager admitted that Welbeck's performance for England against Scotland had helped his confidence. Welbeck's second goal was a precise chip, but Moyes singled out a more basic finish. "I was more pleased with his first goal here because I think if you're a centre-forward you've got to get tap-ins," he said.

The manager also made a point of praising the contribution of Wayne Rooney. After making it clear that the club did not want to sell him, and were refusing all offers, Moyes needs to repair the relationship between manager and player. "Wayne did well when he came on," Moyes said. "He opened up the chance for Robin to go on to his left foot for our third goal, and also the ball he slipped through for Welbeck's second was weighted lovely, so he helped the team and played a part in getting the result." It was noticeable though that Rooney did not join in the team celebrations.

The travelling United fans made Moyes feel very welcome, adapting an old Slade tune into a new anthem for the manager.

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