VIDEO: Happy Moyes pays tribute to 'world class' Dutch master
DAVID Moyes paid tribute to "world class" Robin van Persie after the Dutchman stamped his class all over the new Manchester United manager's Premier League debut.
United cruised to a 4-1 win in their first league game since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson thanks in no small part to van Persie.
Last season's Premier League top-scorer opened his account for the new campaign by putting United in front with an acrobatic volley on Saturday. And he doubled his tally with a 20-yard drive which put United 3-0 up and ended any chance of a Swansea comeback.
"The term world class is sometimes used quite loosely, but I think it would be hard not to put him in that category from what I am seeing at the moment," Moyes said. "It's not just his goals, there is his hold-up play — he has got an all-round game. We have to keep supplying him and give him the opportunity to score more goals.
"He's been a pleasure to work with. He's keen to improve and get better — I've seen that he is someone who really wants to find new ways to score goals, and his goals here were terrific."
Moyes was also full of praise for Danny Welbeck, who scored only one Premier League last season but struck a double on the opening day as Swansea were beaten 4-1.
"We are going to try to encourage him to be a 20-goal striker," the Scot suggested.
United's victory was a third for Moyes in three visits to the Liberty after two convincing triumphs with Everton over the last couple of seasons.
He dismissed the idea that he has found a formula to see off Swansea — and tipped Michael Laudrup's men to bounce back from their opening-day reverse.
"I don't always go with records," Moyes said. "I think Michael Laudrup is doing a really good job here. He's improved his team and his squad and I think Swansea will be a threat for a lot of teams this year, I really do.
"It was a brilliant performance to come and win 4-1 against a team who I think will do really well this season.
"My biggest worry was I thought they were a little bit more ready because of their two European games.
"Michael even admitted that his team have had two really competitive games and hadn't conceded a goal in pre-season so from that point of view it's a really good victory for us."