“United had a 100 per cent record in pre-season, but this performance was a more accurate measure of Van Gaal’s task. The evidence of yesterday’s game suggests the only silverware Old Trafford regulars will see this season is the Open trophy that golfer Rory McIlroy (right) displayed at half-time.”Simon Hart, Independent
“It was a cloying sense of deja vu attached to the team that finished seventh last season, 22 points off the top and drastically in need of some more dynamism. They were short of ideas, huffing and puffing their way towards a demoralising defeat. There was a startling lack of creativity and if Van Gaal had listened closely he would have made out the mocking chants from the away end, as the visiting fans embarked on the repertoire of songs that formed the soundtrack to David Moyes’s time in the job. New manager, same old story, even if the home crowd would like to trust there is better to come.”Daniel Taylor, Guardian
“At least David Moyes won his opening game of last season against Swansea. But United are what United have been for a while: ordinary. No amount of tactical tinkering could disguise that. Van Gaal started with a back three, switched to back four, initially with some improvement but nothing could hide the lack of good-quality players.”Rob Draper, Mail on Sunday
“It was a richly-deserved victory for Garry Monk’s men. And the stark reality is that Van Gaal must now demand money – and plenty of it – is spent on new players before the transfer window slams shut in a fortnight. United have tried to blame the worst title defence in Premier League history on Moyes’ indecision in the market last summer. But the reluctance – or the inability – to spend big in the corridors of power at Old Trafford is threatening another season of discontent.”Simon Mullock, Daily Mirror
“ Swansea — who were actually anything but middling — deserved victory for their more purposeful and collective play, for the planning of their manager, Garry Monk, and for the excellence of Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony and, particularly, Gylfi Sigurdsson. That trio offered the kind of leadership only Rooney was able to bring to Manchester United.”Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times
“It was a well-deserved win for the visitors who defended resolutely and caused their hosts plenty of problems on the break. United started the brighter as they looked to impress their new boss, but they had little to show for it.”Steve Tucker, Wales Online.