Any ideas of a bold new era at Manchester United were firmly squashed by Garry Monk’s Swansea, who overcame Louis Van Gaal’s new-look side with a spirited and stubborn 2-1 victory.

The Dutchman surprised few with his 3-4-3 formation, though Premier League debuts for both Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard had heads turning before the season opener, with last season’s outcasts Javier Hernandez and Ashley Young involved from the off.

Captain Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick – from three yards out – pulled the home side level after Ki Sung-yueng’s unlikely opener and from there it looked like United would power to victory. However, Wayne Routledge’s fortuitous cross somehow found it’s way to Gylfi Sigurðsson, who fired underneath a dispairing David De Gea.

The loss was Manchester United’s first on the opening day of the season since 1972/73. A bright new dawn indeed.