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  • January 5, 2014
  • • 11:30
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 73190
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  • Right, that's it from Old Trafford. I've been Tom J Doyle, and thanks for joining us. It's delight for the Swans, but yet more home despair for David Moyes, with Old Trafford starting to turn into the Theatre of Screams for the beleaguered boss. Bye for now.
  • Swansea fully deserved their win and the travelling fans are in fine voice. The likes of Routledge and Pozuelo were fantastic, while Bony came up with the goods late on. The visitors have the fourth round to look forward to, and with a win like today's, will surely feel they can go far in this competition.
  • There was barely any noise at the full-time whistle as most of the crowd had already left following Bony's late winner, but that in itself is an indictment of United's current squad - would that many fans have left while a Sir Alex Ferguson side searched for a late goal?
  • That's it! Manchester United are out of the FA Cup after a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea. It's a fantastic win for Michael Laudrup's men, but a nightmare for David Moyes, who sees his Premier League champions defeated at home for the fifth time this season. What a game!
  • 90' + 4'
    Welbeck gives away a free kick with an apparent handball, and the striker isn't happy. United are set to lose at home again here as seconds remain...
  • 90' + 3'
    Pozuelo goes close now as he bends a shot wide from 20 yards. Will the Swans rue that miss?
  • 90' + 2'
    Bony should seal the game here as he has a free shot from eight yards out on the right, but he smashes the ball over the bar.
  • 90' + 1'
    Kagawa flies down the right and crosses, but no United player is in the middle to meet the ball. Old Trafford is emptying quickly now - this is not good for Moyes.
  • 90'
    Goal Wilfried Bony
    BONY SURELY WINS IT!!! Routledge gets down the left past United's stand-in right-back Darren Fletcher and hangs up a cross for the striker, who thunders a fine header past Lindegaard. United have four minutes to rescue it.
  • 88'
    Janizaj now has the ball on the right and feeds Hernandez, but the Mexican's flicked ball to Kagawa doesn't work and the move breaks down. This is real end-to-end stuff here.
  • 87'
    Almost a chance for Welbeck as a low cross comes in from the right, but Tiendalli gets down well to block the ball away from the United striker.
  • 86'
    Bony again breaks towards United's goal but plays a poor pass out to the right which runs out for a throw-in - there's no excuse for that with the numerical advantage.
  • 85'
    Substitution Jonathan De Guzmán Álvaro
  • 85'
    Laudrup makes an attacking change as De Guzman departs for Vasquez. Januzaj has seen none of the ball since coming on, and it may be a case of United hanging on for a replay as Hernandez is all alone up top.
  • 84'
    Chance for Swansea! The ball comes in from the left and De Guzman is in the clear, but can't control it and United clear. The Swans can smell blood - a phrase I never thought I'd say.
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Dwight Tiendalli
  • 83'
    Tiendalli goes into the book for dissent, and this game is in danger of turning nasty. The home crowd are booing Canas, but the Swans player has stud marks on his shin - it was a clear red for Fabio.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Chico
  • 82'
    Flores is in the book for a cynical bodycheck now, but the Swans have got to push for the win against the 10 men of United.
  • 80'
    Red Card Fabio Da Silva
    FABIO IS OFF!!! The United sub goes in high on Canas and catches the Swans player with his studs, and Dean gives himself time to think before sending the left-back off just five minutes after he came on. A definite red, and more problems for Moyes.
  • 79'
    United switch off as Bony breaks the offside trap and runs through on goal, but Buttner makes a fine last-ditch challenge to deny the striker.
  • 78'
    De Guzman isn't happy with Dean as he is penalised for fouling Buttner - the left-back is holding his arm and seems hurting now, which is the last thing Moyes needs.
  • 77'
    Moyes meanwhile will also be frustrated, as that is one less attacking change he can make as his team struggle to break down the Swans.
  • 76'
    Substitution Rio Ferdinand Fabio Da Silva
  • 76'
    The Brazilian does indeed come on for Ferdinand - the Englishman will be so disappointed to depart injured after being out of the side for so long.
  • 74'
    Ferdinand is down in a heap looks in pain after a clash of knees. The defender now hobbles off, but may not be able to continue - Fabio will probably come on with Smalling dropping to centre-back.
  • 73'
    A gorgeous move from United here as Kagawa pirouettes and feeds Welbeck, who flicks the ball back to the Japanese in the area - but Canas does just enough to stop a shooting chance.
  • 72'
    Cleverley whips in a fine ball but no United man can put a head on it, and the chance goes begging.
  • 71'
    Tiendalli stupidly fouls Buttner on the left wing - the United man was going nowehere, and now there's a chance to put in a good ball...
  • 70'
    The ball is poked through to Routledge but Lindegaard is out quickly to prevent any chance opening. Laudrup's tactical change has really stifled United.
  • 68'
    Just as I say that, the Old Trafford crowd are making their frustrations more vocal. That can't be helping such a young side under increasing pressure, and Swansea are turning the screw a little more.
  • 66'
    We've got around 25 minutes to go and neither side has found a breakthrough yet. A lot may depend on how the home crowd react, as the hosts have shown plenty of nerves in recent weeks.
  • 64'
    Substitution Jonjo Shelvey José Cañas
  • 64'
    Canas is on for Shelvey - Laudrup will be looking for a little more incision through the middle now.
  • 63'
    Substitution Antonio Valencia Adnan Januzaj
  • 63'
    Januzaj is on for Valencia, and Cleverley bends a poor free kick into the wall. United regroup and Buttner gets down the left, but hits his cross way, way over his team-mates and out fr a throw. His deliveries veer between the brilliant and the baffling.
  • 62'
    Flores goves away a free kick right on the edge of the area after handballing around three times after making a sliding tackle, and this is a great opportunity...
  • 61'
    Swansea are moving the ball about with more confidence now - they're not creating clear-cut chances, but bringing on Januzaj would give the home fans - and the players - a timely boost.
  • 59'
    Bony breaks from midfield and bears down on goal, but his 25-yard shot curves wide of Lindegaard's left-hand post. Adnan Januzaj is readying himself to come on - he may replace the ineffectual Kagawa.
  • 58'
    Buttner surges up the left wing but fouls Dwight Tiendalli. More on that penalty appeal - Smalling and Routledge went shoulder to shoulder and the United man went down far too easily - Dean made the right call.
  • 56'
    Valencia fires a cross in towards Hernandez but the Mexican is well offside and also miscontrols the ball - not his usual poachers' instinct there.
  • 55'
    Smalling goes down in the Swansea penalty area and the United crowd shout for a penalty, but Mike Dean gives nothing. I'll have more on that when we see it again.
  • 53'
    An odd one here as United are far too casual in their own area, and Shelvey blocks the ball out after closing down Ferdinand. That could have gone anywhere.
  • 51'
    Smalling gets down the right for United and forces a corner, but it comes to nothing. Both sides are having a go in the early stages.
  • 49'
    Pozuelo is really having a fine game - the Spaniard dribbles towards goal and the United defence back off him. He needs no invitation to shoot, but drags his shot wide of Lindegaard's right-hand post.
  • 48'
    The first real danger of the half here as Routledge unleashes a fierce shot from 15 yards, which Evans does well to block for a corner.
  • 48'
    Pozuelo has started the half brightly again, but he can't quite get to the ball before Lindegaard comes out to boot a clearance out for a throw-in.
  • 47'
    United are getting down the right wing early on here, with Valencia looking to expose the Swans on that flank and provide crosses for Hernandez.
  • 46'
    Bony is proving me wrong - he takes the ball down beautifully on his chest and shifts the ball to a team mate, but nothing comes of it. Still, that's better from the forward.
  • 45'
    We're underway for the second 45 minutes of this third-round FA Cup clash. Neither manager will want a replay with their relative league struggles, but United seem the more likely to progress at this rate - the Swans need to pick up the pace.
  • Alexander Buttner has been a big threat for United down the left, but the Swans could find some joy by targeting him when they have the ball. The Dutchman is hardly the most diligent of defenders, and the experienced heads among the Swans would do well to pin the left-back in and expose his frailties.
  • History is on United's side for the second half - they are unbeaten in seven games against Swansea. They look confident of victory today, but Hernandez will have to sharpen up his shooting. Bony, on the other hand, will have to sharpen up on how to control a football.
  • That's the interval, and the home supporters give a decent round of applause as Manchester United ended much the stronger of the two sides. Wayne Routledge scored a superb opener after a wonderful pass from Alejandro Pozuelo, but Javier Hernandez met Alexander Buttner's fine cross to restore parity. Since then it's been all United, but the scores are level.
  • 45'
    Evans flights a fantastic left-footed pass over the Swansea defence and Hernandez meets it on the volley - but the striker shanks his effort wide. That has shades of Van Persie vs Aston Villa about it, but the Mexican isn't really in that kind of form.
  • 44'
    A half-chance for Hernandez here as the ball reaches him in the penalty area but just glances off his face and out for a goal kick - and Buttner flies down the left wing now and sends over a tempting cross which evades Valencia. United are ending the half strongly.
  • 43'
    Pozuelo is not happy with referee Mike Dean as he gives away a foul on Buttner. He keeps up his case with the official, and is perhaps a little lucky not to see yellow for dissent.
  • 42'
    United wing a corner in and Jonny Evans almost meets the ball with a header, but it flies over the defender and out for a throw-in.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Jordi Amat
  • 41'
    Jordi Amat picks up the first booking after going to ground and straight through Hernandez. A silly foul, and a deserved caution.
  • 40'
    Five minutes till half-time and it's been a curious game so far. Both sides have shown glimpses of real quality, though Moyes and Laudrup will feel aggrieved with how their teams conceded their respective goals.
  • 39'
    He's got a goal today but playmaker he isn't - Hernandez pops up in an attacking midfield position and chips the ball over everybody straight to Tremmel. Stick to scoring goals, Chicharito!
  • 38'
    Better from Bony now as he seeks a Pozuelo pass and puts Buttner under pressure near the byline. The forward needs to put himself about more to unsettle this United back line.
  • 37'
    Bony has been trying to hold the ball up today but the ball squirms away from him under no pressure - that's not what Laudrup needs at this point of the game.
  • 36'
    It's Kagawa's turn to misuse the ball as he tries a reverse pass to Welbeck, but can only find a Swansea player - the home crowd groan, and the Japanese has to do better than that.
  • 34'
    It's not been a good 90 seconds for Buttner, who shanks a cross high into the crowd now. His first few crosses were teasing, but that certainly wasn't.
  • 33'
    The left-back whips the ball low and hard around the wall, but it's straight at Tremmel. The Dutchman holds his head in his hands and knows he's wasted a good chance.
  • 32'
    Fletcher starts a good move with Welbeck who clips the ball through to Hernandez, but Flores bodychecks the forward for a free kick 22 yards out. What a chance for Buttner...
  • 30'
    Valencia is having a good game and finds Welbeck again, but the ball spins up in the air in the area and Tremmel comes to collect.
  • 29'
    Jonathan de Guzman steps up but his dipping effort is straight at Lindegaard, who holds it safely. A bit of a waste considering how close the set-piece was.
  • 28'
    Pozuelo breaks towards the United box now by Tom Cleverley brings down the impressive Spaniard 25 yards out. This is a big chance for the visitors...
  • 27'
    Fletcher is enjoying being back at Old Trafford as he sends a cross-field ball soaring over to Buttner on the left, but the full-back miscontrols it and the move breaks down.
  • 25'
    The Swans are looking threatening on the break as they can fly forward with pace and good passing, but they're just struggling to break through United after Routledge's opener - Moyes has presumably closed ranks.
  • 24'
    Jonjo Shelvey sprints up and...punts the ball into the wall. He can score from that type of range, but that was a poor effort.
  • 23'
    The pace has just slowed a little now, but Swansea have a free kick in a promising position around 30 yards out...
  • 20'
    Valencia almost puts Kagawa through in the box but Chico Flores does well to track the Japanese playmaker's run - Swansea haven't really reacted since they scored the opener, and Laudrup will be alarmed at his side, who are crumbling a little now.
  • 19'
    Valencia almost puts United ahead now as he toe-pokes a volley over Tremmel's bar from 15 yards after good hold-up play from Welbeck in the box. Moyes showed no flicker of emotion when Hernandez scored, but must secretly be pleased with his side's response to going behind.
  • 16'
    Goal Javier Hernández
    HERNANDEZ EQUALISES!!! The United striker makes amends for that horrible miss as he sidefoots a volley into the left-hand corner of Gerhard Tremmel's net from three yards out after a fine cross on the left wing by Buttner.
  • 15'
    That really was a top strike from Routledge - but Moyes will not be happy with his midfield or defence. Ferdinand didn't cover himself in glory, and once again the centre of United's side has been split open at Old Trafford.
  • 12'
    Goal Wayne Routledge
    ROUTLEDGE SCORES!!! That's a superb goal from the winger, who breaks the offside trap and lobs a delightful half-volley over the helpless Lindegaard from outside the area after a glorious through-ball from Pozuelo. The Swans lead!
  • 11'
    Oh dear - he won't win Moyes over like that! The ball finds its way into the area and Hernandez has a free effort from 12 yards out, but he takes a massive air kick and scuffs the chance. That's a big miss there.
  • 9'
    Hernandez is tearing around the Swansea back line chasing any loose passes - the Mexican has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, and will see today as the perfect chance to remind Moyes of his talents with Rooney and Van Persie out.
  • 8'
    United have the ball in the net - but it's offside! Welbeck chipped the ball through the Swans defence to an onrushing Smalling, who slid the ball to Hernandez to finish - but the right-back was offside. A clear call from the assistant referee, and both sides are getting forward well already.
  • 6'
    Buttner's corner is swung in from the right but Chris Smalling can't quite turn his header goalwards - the home crowd are getting into this game now.
  • 5'
    Hernandez picks up the ball on the right wing and bears down on goal, but his low shot from the edge of the area is blocked out for a corner. That's more like it from the hosts.
  • 4'
    Bony is lurking here again and United have to clear the ball out for a corner, but the chance comes to nothing. United can break here...
  • 3'
    It's a little quiet as United are struggling to move the ball about fluently - how the home fans would love to see the likes of Paul Scholes lining up in midfield today. If you've seen videos of his recent five-a-side performances, it looks like he could still waltz into the starting XI.
  • 2'
    United have started the game with intent but Swansea are now moving the ball around the pitch confidently, and a cross just evades the towering Bony in the centre. That would have been the perfect start for the Swans.
  • 1'
    We're underway at Old Trafford! Neither of these big sides will want to exit the FA Cup so early on, so expect a proper battle.
  • The sides are out and after the handshakes, we'll have a minute's applause for one of the game's great players Eusebio, who has sadly passed away.
  • Moyes has been speaking to BT Sport ahead of the game: "It's a chance to well in a cup competition and we want to do well. Everybody wants to win it and we'll be doing the same today. On Rooney: "He's had a bit of a groin injury but we've got a game on Tuesday as well, so playing Sunday then Tuesday would be difficult for any squad."
  • Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are nowehere to be seen for the Red Devils, so Moyes will be hoping Danny Welbeck can keep up his fine recent form - the young striker has five goals in his last six games.
  • Laudrup meanwhile makes a number of changes, with Alejandro Pozuelo starting in place of the injured Pablo Hernandez, while Leon Britton takes Jose Canas' place. Wilfried Bony leads the line after netting twice during the 3-2 defeat to Man City on New Year's Day, so will be a big aerial threat to the hosts.
  • Elsewhere there are starts for Anders Lindegaard, Darren Fletcher, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Alexander Buttner, who will all want to play their way into Moyes' first-team plans.
  • The big news for United is that Rio Ferdinand starts his first game since December 10th. The veteran centre-back looks unlikely to be handed a new contract by David Moyes when his current deal expires this summer, but a good performance today leading a young defence would do his chances no harm.
  • Swansea subs: Cornell, Davies, Williams, Rangel, Canas, Donnelly, Vazquez.
  • Swansea XI: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Amat, Chico Flores, Taylor; Britton, de Guzman, Shelvey, Pozuelo, Routledge; Bony.
  • Man Utd subs: De Gea, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Zaha, Januzaj.
  • Man Utd XI: Lindegaard; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Büttner; Valencia, Fletcher, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Hernandez.
  • With 20 minutes till kick-off, it only seems fair to fill you in on the team news - drumroll please...
  • Michael Laudrup's men are having a strange season as well - they've got a tasty knockout game against Napoli in the Europa League to look forward to, but are lagging in the league with just 21 points from 20 games. It's not relegation form, but they will be looking nervously over their shoulders like, well, Swans.
  • Defeat for the Red Devils at home to Tottenham in midweek all but rendered their defence of the Premier League title over, but David Moyes' men are proving adept in the cups this year. The Jekyll & Hyde side are through to the last 16 of the Champions League and the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, and will fancy another good run in the FA Cup as well.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Manchester United v Swansea City in the third-round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford. I'm Tom J Doyle, and I'll be talking you through all the action as it happens this Saturday as two Premier League sides look to avoid an early exit from the world's oldest cup competition.