A brace from superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea at Liberty Stadium.
Paul Pogba put United ahead with a fine solo effort before Ibrahimovic added two more before half-time to end the game as a contest.

Swansea got one back in the second period through Mike van der Hoorn but it was far too little too late for the Swans.

Jose Mourinho’s United climb to sixth in the table following the win. Swansea remain rooted in the bottom three in 19th with Bob Bradley still looking for his first win in charge.

Wayne Rooney almost had one on the scoresheet just three minutes into the tie, fooling the defence on the edge of the area before looping an effort from 20 yards at goal and putting it just wide.

United didn’t have to wait much longer to break the Swans rearguard. The ball fell to Pogba at the edge of the area and the France international fired a sensational strike into the top corner.

With Swansea all at sea it should have been two when a ball found Marouane Fellaini unmarked in box and the Belgian poked his effort just wide. And it was two moments later as Ibrahimovic got his first of the day. Rooney played the big man onto the ball 22 yards out before he unleashed a superb shot to the back of the net for his first strike in 43 shots on goal and the 25,000 goal in Premier League history.

Rooney should have added another soon after as he was given far too much space in the box but his effort went across the face of goal and wide.

With one on the scoresheet Zlatan was hungry and smashed in a second minutes later. Rooney dinked a ball into the box for the target man to ease past Angel Rangel and finish home as Swansea crumbled to pieces.

Fellaini had another chance to further extend United’s lead when Zlatan chipped through for the Belgian in the box but Fellaini’s effort was blocked away by Alfie Mawson.

With 20 minutes to go Swansea gave themselves a lifeline. Gylfi Sigurdsson played a cross into the box and Van der Hoorn rose highest to head past David de Gea.

United went on the offensive to re-establish their three-goal cushion with Rooney bursting into the area and pulling back for Juan Mata to have a strike on goal, curling wide of the far post.

Swansea could and should have reduced the deficit to one when Jefferson Montero broke down the left to cross deep for Modou Barrow; however, the best Barrow could do was scuff his effort from ten yards leaving De Gea plenty of time to get down and snuff out the danger.