Writer: Red Boy
Date:Sunday December 23 2012
The honours were shared in a competitive fixture down in South Wales this lunchtime.
Sir Alex Ferguson made two changes to the starting eleven that beat Sunderland last time out with Nemanja Vidic, returning to make his first start since being injured, and Jonny Evans returning alongside him with Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling dropping out.
Our hosts got the action started but United were quickly on the attack and Valencia felt he could have had an early penalty when a Valencia ball in was deflected behind courtesy of a defenders` arm, but a corner was all that was awarded.
Swansea, playing some intricate passing football, saw a cross from Tiendalli raise a few eyebrows in the United defence before De Gea did well to claim an early Swansea corner.
Michu, as Swansea broke forward, saw his shot go wide although to be fair to the Spaniard he was off-balance, de Gusman went on a run and a pass to Routledge saw De Gea called into action whilst Michu couldn`t get enough power behind another shot to trouble De Gea.
With 14 minutes on the clock, Rooney worked some space to unleash a low shot that Vorm turned behind for a corner. From the resulting corner, Evra lost his marker to head home, to put United 1-0 up, his 3rd Premier League goal of the season.
Michu thought he had equalised minutes later but the referee had seen Jones manipulated off the ball and a free kick was given. Swansea continued to get forward and Michu headed a Dyer cross over the bar.
Jones received the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Davies before Swansea got back on level terms. Routledge opened up the United defence, De Gea could only parry the ensuing shot and Michu was on hand to rattle home the ball, in the process scoring his 13th Premier League goal this season.
An error from Cleverley, who failed to usher the ball out of play, saw de Gusman try to squeeze the ball in at the ear post but De Gea saved and almost on the half time whistle Vorm did well to save from Rooney after a ball in from Evra.
Half Time - Swansea 1 United 1
United restarted the action but Swansea soon picked up where they`d left off in the first half with Augustien`s low shot being saved by De Gea. De Gea was then forced into further action turning a Routledge shot into the side-netting.
United tried to respond but Young saw his shot blocked before Dyer, from just outside the area, saw his shot go wide. Florres went into the book for a foul on Young and Rooney hit the resulting free kick straight at Vorm.
Just past the hour mark, Sir Alex made a change bringing on Hernandez for Valencia but Swansea were still troubling United and De Gea was relieved to see a deflected shot, from Dyer, fall straight into his midriff.
Rooney then delivered a cross that saw Van Perise hit the bar, before; seconds later, the supplier of that cross also received a yellow card for a foul on Tiendalli. Hernandez had a deflected shot saved by Vorm before Van Persie and Williams went into the book following a scuffle after Van Persie had been fouled on the edge of the area. The resulting free-kick hit the wall and Rooney was subsequently taken off and Giggs introduced.
United then rattled the woodwork a second time when Carrick saw his header tipped onto the bar. As United increased the pressure both Van Persie and Young saw efforts blocked and a last throw of the dice, introducing Scholes, only resulted in the veteran receiving a yellow card for a poor tackle.
Date:Sunday December 23 2012
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