Manchester United's poor run of form was brought to a convincing end as Adnan Januzaj inspired them to victory over Swansea.

The 18-year-old did not start last weekend's FA Cup third-round defeat by the Welsh side but proved his undoubted value by helping to create second-half goals for Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck.

Moyes praises 'fantastic' Januzaj

His contribution returned David Moyes's side to winning ways as they avoided the ignominy of losing four consecutive games for the first time since 1961.

It also ended a wretched run of four defeats in their past six home games as United finished a forgettable week on a positive note.

Following their defeat by Michael Laudrup's side last Sunday, United lost in the Capital One Cup at Sunderland, with Moyes charged by the Football Association for comments about the referee after that loss.

But this was a much improved performance by the Scot's team, who moved back to within four points of fourth-placed Everton.

Two ends of the spectrum

Danny Welbeck has now scored six goals in his past six Premier League appearances.

Antonio Valencia's goal was his first home league goal for Manchester United since Boxing Day 2011.

They are still nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, whom they face a week on Sunday, but with Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa also impressing in the absence of the injured Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, there was at least a sense that a Champions League spot is well within their grasp.

The hosts were helped by the performance of Nemanja Vidic, who kept Wilfried Bony, scorer of Swansea's winner last week, quiet.

The Swans were far better in possession than United in that game, and the pattern of the first half was similar this time as the home side created the better chances but were less accomplished on the ball.

Januzaj, rested last weekend, was United's most creative force, playing in the number 10 position behind Welbeck, and delivered several testing set-pieces before cracking a shot against the bar from one.

Second goal really hurt us - Laudrup

Vidic, Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra then all went close and Welbeck should have put the hosts ahead when a smart interchange between Valencia and Rafael led to the Brazilian finding the unmarked England striker, who curled a shot wide of the far post from 10 yards.

Although the visitors caused problems, with Jonjo Shelvey dragging a shot wide, they did not - unlike last week - have an early goal to defend.

Januzaj emerged from the break to feature down the left and the Belgium-born forward immediately teased Angel Rangel before whipping another superb cross in, with Valencia firing in from Kagawa's header back across goal.

Twelve minutes later, Januzaj was at it again, this time on the right. His curling centre was cleared as far as Evra, whose shot was flicked in by Welbeck for his ninth goal of the season and sixth in as many league games.

The wait goes on

Swansea have not beaten United in the League since a 2-0 home victory in January 1982 and have now failed to beat the Red Devils in six previous Premier League matches.

With a two-goal cushion, United's confidence was restored and Chris Smalling missed a golden chance when he somehow volleyed over from five yards following Kagawa's cross.

Kagawa was then wasteful when, after a swift break, he dribbled around goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel but saw his effort cleared off the line by Leon Britton.

The visitors caused a few nervous moments thereafter but United held firm and will approach their next game against Chelsea, in which Rooney could return, with renewed confidence.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"I think we did well, we controlled the first half knowing that Manchester United would be a bit anxious after three consecutive losses but giving away the goal after just 90 seconds of the second half was just what we didn't want.

"They have very good players and they got on top of the game and when they got the second goal they got real belief.

"We lost the game but now we have to get some players back and win the next game. I think we are down to just 13 fit players now but we will see what happens in the week."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Evra (Büttner - 79' )
  • 16 Carrick
  • 12 Smalling
  • 15 Vidic
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 19 Welbeck (Hernández - 86' )
  • 44 Januzaj
  • 26 Kagawa

Substitutes

  • 11 Giggs
  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 28 Büttner
  • 29 Zaha
  • 35 Lingard

Swansea City

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 22 Rangel Booked
  • 33 Davies
  • 21 Cañas (Chico - 17' )
  • 02 Amat
  • 06 Williams
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 07 Britton
  • 10 Bony Booked
  • 08 Shelvey (Alvaro - 63' )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Chico
  • 13 Cornell
  • 26 Alvaro
  • 29 Richards
  • 31 Lucas
  • 41 Donnelly
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 75,035

Match Stats

Shots

16 13

On target

5 2

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester United 2, Swansea City 0.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Swansea City 0.

90:00 +1:59

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +1:11

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:11

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

86:17

Offside, Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.

85:47

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:47

Foul by Alexander Büttner (Manchester United).

85:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Danny Welbeck.

84:24

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

84:24

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:28

Attempt blocked. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro.

80:58

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

80:20

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

80:20

Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Alexander Büttner replaces Patrice Evra because of an injury.

78:22

Attempt missed. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

77:57

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

77:14

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael.

75:44

Attempt saved. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rafael.

75:09

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Patrice Evra.

73:54

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Williams.

73:28

Attempt missed. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

72:51

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

71:46

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

69:25

Attempt saved. Jordi Amat (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

67:13

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

65:11

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa with a cross.

64:30

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

64:29

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Vidic.

63:26

Attempt missed. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordi Amat.

62:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

58:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2, Swansea City 0. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

57:28

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ben Davies.

56:04

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

53:18

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:18

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

52:35

Attempt missed. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

48:33

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:33

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

46:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, Swansea City 0. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

45:59

Attempt saved. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 0, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +2:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester United 0, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +1:41 Booking

Booking Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:27

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

45:00 +1:27

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:08

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nemanja Vidic.

45:00 +0:07

Attempt blocked. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Williams.

43:17

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:17

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

42:39

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

39:52

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

39:52

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:08

Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:08

Foul by Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United).

38:25

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Amat.

37:22

Attempt missed. Patrice Evra (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj with a cross following a set piece situation.

36:48 Booking

Booking Angel Rangel (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:45

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

36:45

Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:49

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rafael.

34:06

Attempt missed. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.

30:34

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

30:34

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:16

Attempt saved. Patrice Evra (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

24:16

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

20:02

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael.

19:20

Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:20

Foul by Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United).

18:14

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

18:14

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Chico replaces José Cañas because of an injury.

16:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:56

Delay in match José Cañas (Swansea City) because of an injury.

11:40

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:40

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

10:39

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

10:39

Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:29

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

9:28

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

9:28

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:38

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:38

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

5:40

Attempt missed. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

5:04

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

5:04

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:43

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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