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6 May 2012
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 75496
FULL TIME! A comfortable victory for the Old Trafford side, but they are left needing miracles if they are to snatch the title away from local rivals Manchester City next Sunday.
90' + 2'
Vorm manages to claw away a Rafael cross from the right, so that the home side can't score a third goal.
Manchester United continue to pull on the pressure, but they can't seem to find a way past the Swansea defence in order to claim a third goal.
Manchester United nearly find a third as Tom Cleverley gets onto the end of a Dimitar Berbatov lofted ball, but he can't find a way past Vorm in the Swansea goal.
A superb passing move by Swansea sees the ball arrive at the feet of Sigurdsson just outside the area, but his strike from long range goes into the fans behind the goal.
Graham has an attempt for Swansea as he comes inside from the right hand side and unleashes a powerful strike which de Gea does well to hold onto and start another Manchester United attack.
Swansea are defending a lot better than they did in the first half, but the home side still look dangerous at every opportunity as they look to close the goal difference on Manchester City.
Hernandez has a chance for Manchester United after a series of crosses, but his shot is deflected by a Swansea defender and out of play for a corner kick.
Jones seems to be one player intent on helping Manchester United add to their two goals, with his runs on the right wing, but he has failed to find the final ball.
Greg Stobart: "Even Sir Alex Ferguson was able to afford a chuckle to himself as the Swansea fans suggested he may be getting his P45 from the Glazer family tomorrow morning. The United manager’s good humour appears to extend to giving Dimitar Berbatov a final run-out at Old Trafford in a United shirt. The Bulgarian is about to come on."
Rooney should have killed the game off after Valencia got onto the ball from a Vorm goal kick, raced forward and played in Carrick, who eventually found Rooney, but his shot went wide of Vorm's right hand post.
Swansea are getting more into the game, with Sigurdsson and Graham both finding space but failing to find a way past de Gea in the Manchester United goal.
Yellow Card Wayne Rooney
de Gea makes a double stop for Manchester United as he palms a Sigurdsson free kick from just outside the box away, then claims the resulting Sinclair cross from the left hand side.
Taylor nearly puts his keeper Vorm under serious danger as he plays a short back pass to the Dutchman, but Vorm manages to clear before Hernandez can get to the ball to claim the home side's third of the day.
Valencia and Jones show good link-up play once again, with the full back racing forward to get the ball into the box, but Neil Taylor diverts it away for yet another corner to Manchester United.
Goal.com’s Greg Stobart at Old Trafford: “Brendan Rodgers is having a long chinwag with two of his coaches down in the Swansea dugout. He may well be considering bringing on another attacking player, with Wayne Routledge and Luke Moore the obvious options on the bench. The visitors have looked threatening at times this afternoon but lack a cutting edge in the final third, as highlighted by that Nathan Dyer shot that ballooned into the Stretford End.”
Sigurdsson once again shows his class as he finds Dyer, free on the left side of the penalty area, but the winger can't find his feet properly and his strike goes sailing over the bar.
The play then goes down the other end, with Rooney, finding Valencia on the right hand side of the six yard box, but Vorm races out to close down the angle and smother the ball.
Swansea then race up the other end of the park and are unlucky not to find the net as Allen hits a shot from the edge of the area that is deflected towards goal by Graham and crawls under de Gea, but the keeper claims the ball before Sinclair can tap it home.
Manchester United continue to exert the pressure, with Jones finding Valencia on the right wing and he crosses the ball towards Hernandez, but the Mexican can't find the net.
Smalling decides to take the ball for a run and finds Young on the left wing, who in turn crosses the ball in search of the defender, but Vorm clears the danger.
Graham tries to creep in at the back post for Swansea after a long ball is played to the striker, but de Gea is on guard to grab the ball comfortably for the home side.
Rooney plays the ball across to Young on the left wing and as he drives towards goal, his shot is deflected away once again for yet another corner to Manchester United.
The home side then go back on the attack as Rooney races forward and crosses in search of Young, but Dyer manages to stretch his frame in order to deflect the ball away for a corner.
Manchester United keeper de Gea is forced to make his first real save of the game as he manages to palm a Sigurdsson shot from the edge of the area away for a corner.
The home side are prepared to keep the ball during the opening minutes of the second half as they look to add to their two goals and reduce Manchester City's goal advantage at the top of the Premier League.
Swansea have a shout for a penalty as Sigurdsson drives the ball towards goal and hits off of Rio Ferdinand, with Graham shouting for a spot kick, but the referee waves away the complaints.
Swansea City get the second half underway, trailing by two goals at the break, with Brendan Rodgers bringing on Leon Britton to get them back into the game.
Greg Stobart: “United announced at half-time that season tickets are on sale in a designated singing section for next season - and judging by the atmosphere here in the first-half it is much needed to boost the atmosphere at Old Trafford. As Sir Alex Ferguson tells his players to go for goals, goals, goals during the break, I wonder how much he will regret going for broke in the Manchester derby back in October and conceding three in added time.”
HALF TIME! Manchester United are in full control of the game, with Scholes and Young getting the goals, in what may be a long day for the Welsh side.
45' + 1'
Williams once again comes to the rescue for Swansea as he deflects a Valencia cross from the right away for a corner, which the visitors are lucky to survive, as Chris Smalling rises to head the corner, but his effort goes wide.
Young seems to have the freedom of the left side of Old Trafford, as he crosses in search of Rooney, but Ashley Williams gets up to head the ball clear.
The home side are continuing on the goal hunt, as Hernandez tries to drives the ball in from the left, but it is turned away for a corner, which Vorm manages to palm away from danger.
Goal Ashley Young
GOAL! A mistake by Joe Allen sees the ball arrive at the feet of Scholes, he then finds Rooney, who's shot is charged down, but only into the path of Young, who directs the ball into the corner for Manchester United's second.
Jones plays a one-two with Valencia inside the box, before unleashing a low drive that Vorm gets down well to collect.
With the goal difference down to nine, Manchester United are looking to decrease that even further, with Jones now trying to get down the right wing as much as possible.
Rooney is the next to try his luck for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, as he takes the ball for a run after receiving it just inside the Swansea half, but his final shot goes well over.
Goal.com’s Greg Stobart at Old Trafford: “Paul Scholes embodied a flat start to the game with some uncharacteristically poor touches but that was a very classy finish to put United ahead. It hasn’t really changed the atmosphere around the ground, though. It’s awfully flat here on and off the pitch as the players and supporters struggle to find motivation following the earlier result on Tyneside. The Swansea fans won’t be helping the mood of the other 72,000 people here either as they sing Roberto Mancini’s name and taunt United for throwing away an eight point advantage at the top of the Premier League.”
Hernandez has yet another chance for Manchester United as he gets his head to a Young cross from the left that was diverted into his path by Scholes, but his chance goes over the bar.
The home side gaining full control as Young races in from the left, into the box and goes down, but the referee decides it's a corner.
Nearly a second for Manchester United as Carrick cross from the right wing towards Javier Hernandez, but he can't direct his shot on target.
Assist Michael Carrick
Goal Paul Scholes
GOAL! Superb run down the right wing by Valencia, who cuts the ball back to Carrick, who is unmarked and his shot finds Paul Scholes, who scores from close range.
The visitors push forward with Gylfi Sigurdsson finding Danny Graham, but his weak shot lands easily in the arms of de Gea in the Manchester United goal.
Vorm makes a double stop to keep Swansea level, as Evra unleashes a strike from the edge of the area after a corner, which the keeper fails to deal with properly, allowing Wayne Rooney to have an attempt that Vorm palms out for a corner.
Although there has been a lot of good passing play, neither side has been able to work the opposition keeper, with both defences staying solid so far.
Scott Sinclair has come more into the game for the visitors as he attempts to use the open spaces of Old Trafford to open up the Manchester United defence.
Swansea seem strong at the back so far, which has led to Manchester United trying long range efforts, with Carrick trying his luck, but the ball deflects easily into the arms of Vorm.
Dyer continues to be a focal point for the visitors attack, as he looks to use his pace in order to get away from Patrice Evra.
Nathan Dyer comes close for Swansea, after drifting in with the ball from the right hand side of the box, he attempted a lofted strike from the edge of the area which went well over David de Gea's bar.
The home side are trying to use the wings in order to break down Swansea, with Young and Antonio Valencia being the main targets for Sir Alex Ferguson's side so far.
Manchester United are failing to find the final ball so far, with Michael Carrick playing an over-hit ball towards Ashley Young on the left wing, but the winger can't control the ball in order to set up a chance.
Phil Jones has the first attempt on goal for the home side, but his strike from the right wing goes well wide of Michel Vorm's left hand post.
The visitors have started off well, playing the ball with freedom, knowing that they don't have relegation to fear this season.
Manchester United get the game underway, three points behind their local rivals and ten goals worse off.
Swansea City subs are: Tremmel (GK), Tate, Britton, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Moore
The Swansea City starting line-up is: Vorm; Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor; Gower, Allen; Dyer, Sigurdsson, Sinclair; Graham
Manchester United subs bench is: Amos (GK), Rafael, Giggs, Park, Nani, Cleverley, Berbatov
The Manchester United starting line-up is: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Young; Rooney, Hernandez
The Old Trafford outfit are playing catch-up today, with their ‘Noisy Neighbours’ Manchester City claiming victory on their travels at high flying Newcastle, which means that his game is the ultimate must win for Manchester United.
Swansea are safety ensconced in mid-table in the Premier League after gaining promotion via the playoffs from the Championship last season and they will now be preparing for a second season in the top flight.
The sides previously meeting this season came at the Liberty Stadium in November, when a solitary goal from Javier Hernandez helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to claim all three points.
The Welsh side have failed to claim a victory in their eight previous visits to Old Trafford, with the encounter between the two in Manchester being a 2-1 victory to the Red Devils in May 1983.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford, my name is Matthew Harold and I’ll be guiding you through the match.
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