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Summary

  1. Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney.
  2. Swansea XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Ki Sung-Yueng, Cork, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew.

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

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FULL-TIME

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Just.

Lukasz Fabianski - up for a late corner - arrows a header just wide of the bottom corner as Old Trafford held its breath.

Wayne Rooney
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Michael Carrick replaces Ander Herrera in the Manchester United midfield.

Four minutes of time to be added on.

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Only 90 seconds of normal time to go and Manchester United are running down the clock with a spell of midfield side-ball.

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson duffs his free-kick straight to Daley Blind.

A let-off for United.

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Daley Blind brings down Modou Barrow down by the corner flag. Cynical. Blind sees yellow and Swansea have a great spot for a late free-kick.

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Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Even Jose would admit that Rooney goal was a #specialone #bbcfootball

'Rooney gambled'

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

"Anthony Martial got to the byeline, Rooney gambled to the near post and it was a wonderful touch into the far corner."  

'It's a bit of genius'

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"The ball that comes in from Anthony Martial is lovely. When it comes to Wayne Rooney the ball is getting away from him, and he has to bring it back towards him. It's a bit of genius. Rooney's taken a lot of criticism, but today, I think he's going to get his reward."  

Wayne Rooney
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis are thrown into the fray by Swansea.

Andre Ayew and Wayne Routledge are the men to make way.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Paddy McNair replaces Ashley Young.

Young has been excellent out wide for United. Louis van Gaal won't want any more surprises from this contest.

Rooney magic puts United back in front

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

My word. What a finish from Manchester United's captain.

Anthony Martial's low cross is bulleted at him at the near post, a little behind where he would have wanted it.

No worries. Wayne Rooney deftly flicks it around his standing leg and into the far corner past a befuddled Lukasz Fabianski.

Lovely stuff to lift the atmosphere.

Wayne Rooney
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GOAL - Wayne Rooney

Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

Ashley Young - Manchester United's best player today - is struggling. The winger is limping about out on the right and I don't think he is going to be on the pitch much longer.

Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

Wayne Rooney has the ball touched his way by Juan Mata, but can only drill a low effort into the base of the Swansea wall.

Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

Ashley Williams has clambered over the top of Anthony Martial to win that header. I think he actually replaced his studs with crampons for that challenge.

Free-kick United, 25 yards out...

Sigurdsson levels for Swans

Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

Suddenly it is all doubt and doom-mongering at Manchester United.

The home side had looked comfortable in the lead, but Swansea catch them with a classy counter as Modou Barrow's lofted cross is glanced over David de Dea and into the far corner by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

After a moment of shock, the home fans urge their side to come back fighting.

Let's see.

Gylfi Sigurdsson
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GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson

Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

HITS THE WOODWORK

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

David de Gea is flailing in vain, Andre Ayew's header has him beaten all ends up.

Fortunately for the hosts, the post comes to United's rescue - the ball bouncing off the woodwork.

Angel Rangel is booked for simulation as he gathers the rebound and immediately goes to ground under Matteo Darmian's challenge. 

David De Gea
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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Alan Curtis starts to press pedal to metal.

The Swansea caretaker hooks Leon Britton and shoves Modou Barrow on in his place to give his side a bit more oomph up front.

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

This is the 2011 edition Ashley Young that we are getting.

The Manchester United makes a mug of Neil Taylor as he feints to cross and then cuts inside the airbourne left-back.

His shot from a tight angle is well saved by the Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski though.

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross briefly looks like it might cause David de Gea problems via a deflection off Matteo Darmian, but the Spaniard covers back to snatch the ball out of the sky.

At the other end, Wayne Rooney fails to get hold of a shot as he swivels 15 yards out.

It is opening up.

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Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Martial is our best finisher. Should be playing up front as he just proved with Mata in behind. #bbcfootball

Ashley Young deserves to start on the wing, he's been fantastic, Depay needs to learn from him if he wants to start #bbcfootball #mufc

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Width + crosses + midfielders into the box = goals.

Some simple Fergie maths adds up to a lead for United. Excellent work from the impressive Ashley Young on the right.

Goal
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Manchester United 1-0 Swansea

Manchester United had had just three shots on target (one by Wayne Rooney and two from Juan Mata) before Martial headed them ahead from close range.   

Manchester United 1-0 Swansea
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Manchester United shots on target

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

This is a Swansea side that can soak up pressure, but is not so good at applying it.

Will Alan Curtis' side come out and start trading blows with United?

Still plenty of time. Caution might be the better part of valour.

'Man Utd players look relieved'

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

“The most telling feature about that goal was the relief on the faces of the Manchester United players. They should go and play. If you can’t play expansive football at Old Trafford, where can you?”  

'Great header from Martial'

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

"You have your left winger, who should be playing centre-forward, but it is a great header.

"It does show why Martial should be playing in the middle though."

Martial breaks deadlock

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

It is sometimes difficult to remember what they look like at Old Trafford, but that is definitely a lesser-spotted Manchester United goal.

Ashley Young's cross is headed down into the turf by Anthony Martial and the ball rears up past Lukasz Fabianski and into the roof of the net.

Palpable relief among the home fans.

Anthony Martial
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GOAL - Anthony Martial

Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

Wayne Rooney with an immediate chance as he sniffs space, 15 yards out.

Ashley Williams slides in to block his shot behind for a corner.

Superb committed defending.

Wayne Rooney
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KICK-OFF

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

We are back up and running.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

Yep, Matteo Darmian is on in place of the injured Phil Jones.

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Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

#bbcfootball #MUFC think the damage is already done, United won't finish in the top 4, Spurs and Palace have better chances of doing so.

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

Manchester United substitute Matteo Darmian is out on the pitch at half-time going through a fairly vigorous warm-up routine.

Might we be seeing him soon?

United return to encouraging applause and Sir Bobby takes his seat.

"Glory, Glory, Man United" blasts out the tannoy...

Swans on the rise

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

The worrying thing for Manchester United is that Swansea grew into the game more and more as the half went on.

Compare the first 15 minutes of the half...

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...with the last fifteen minutes:

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Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

#bbcfootball .. With the media & fans alike all slating #LVG - players need to stand-up & be counted, need to stop relying on #Rooney

A zero sum game

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

Stat of the day comes from the Daily Mirror's David McDonnell.

That's now nine straight games at Old Trafford in which United have failed to score in the first-half #MUFC @MirrorFootball

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

Manchester United have scored two goals in their last five and a half league games.

Only bottom side Aston Villa have scored fewer than Swansea's 16 goals this season.

Five of the last eight games at Old Trafford in all competitions have ended goalless.

I wouldn't bet on this one getting much better.

'Man Utd revert to type'

Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

Mark Lawrenson

Ex-Liverpool defender at Old Trafford for Radio 5 live

"It's Man Utd reverting to type. Swansea have come here to do a job. Rooney;'s had two headers from Young crosses, but that's been about the sum of it. De Gea has made one save at the other end. You could sum this first half up in three words: Dull, dull and dull."