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2 vs 0
Played
May 6, 2012 4:00 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 75496‎
 
28′ Paul Scholes
 
41′ Ashley Young
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Swansea

Red Devils win thanks to goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young to take the Premier League title race to the final day following Manchester City's victory earlier in the day

By Greg Stobart at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    123
    8
    3.50

    David de Gea

    Kept a clean sheet and his concentration, especially to deny Sigurdsson on three occasions in the second half.

  • Patrice Evra
    57
    23
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Had to keep his concentration to handle Dyer. Got forward well and forced Vorm into action in the first half with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area.

  • Phil Jones
    62
    20
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Sometimes rather clumsy but stuck tight to Sinclair and offered support for Valencia in front of him.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    62
    17
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Rarely troubled by Graham as he showed his know-how to constantly force the Swansea striker away from goal.

  • Chris Smalling
    67
    15
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Strong and powerful in central defence and had a good understanding with Ferdinand.

  • Michael Carrick
    79
    18
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Composed in central midfield as he looked to get the ball out to the wide men quickly. His shot fell to Scholes for the opener.

  • Ashley Young
    117
    19
    3.50

    Ashley Young Top of the Match

    The England winger was lively throughout and scored United's second of the game with a superb sweeping finish into the bottom corner. Could also have won a penalty after going to ground under a robust challenge from Rangel.

  • Paul Scholes
    74
    17
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    Uncharacteristically sloppy early on as he conceded possession with poor touches but put United ahead in the 28th minute with a classy flick to divert Carrick's shot into the net. Neat passing but seemed wound up before being replaced by Cleverley midway through the second half.

  • Antonio Valencia
    97
    15
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Caused Taylor problems with his pace and strength, highlighted by a scorching run in the build-up to Scholes' goal. Accurate crossing into the box from the right.

  • Wayne Rooney
    64
    27
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Summed up the frustration of the day for United as he was booked for the first time this season for a desperate, lunging challenge. Linked up United's attacks well and was involved in Young's goal with a powerful shot that was blocked by Rangel.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    46
    96
    2.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    The Mexican's movement in the penalty area was sharp but he lacked a killer touch, twice heading over the cross bar from dangerous positions under no pressure.

Substitutions

  • Rafael
    46
    16

    Rafael

    Replaced Ferdinand two minutes from time.

  • Tom Cleverley
    66
    17
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Came on for Scholes in the 68th minute and helped United see the game out as he kept possession well.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    63
    22

    Dimitar Berbatov

    The Bulgarian came on in the second half for probably his last appearance at Old Trafford in a United shirt. Did nothing of note.

  • Michel Vorm
    32
    8
    3.50

    Michel Vorm

    The Dutch keeper was not always convincing under crosses but made some sharp stops to prevent United increasing the scoreline.

  • Ashley Williams
    18
    6
    3.50

    Ashley Williams

    Some strong last-ditch blocks and tough tackling from the central defender. Solid display.

  • Neil Taylor
    6
    10
    2.50

    Neil Taylor

    Composed on the ball and played some good attacking passes. Stuck to his task against Valencia but struggled to handle the Ecuadorian's pace.

  • Steven Caulker
    9
    9
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Good positioning and strong heading from the young defender. Perhaps a little slow to react to loose balls on a couple of occasions.

  • Ángel Rangel
    5
    26
    2.00

    Ángel Rangel Flop of the Match

    Never really got to grips with Young and could have conceded a penalty after bringing down the United winger in the first half. Did make some strong blocks and, like the rest of his team, was comfortable on the ball.

  • Nathan Dyer
    9
    8
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Wriggled into good positions but on more than one occasion but his final shot was poor. Replaced by Moore in the 71st minute.

  • Joe Allen
    21
    5
    3.50

    Joe Allen

    The Wales international looked at home against Scholes and Carrick. Covered all parts of the field, linking Swansea attacks with intelligent passing.

  • Mark Gower
    5
    11
    2.50

    Mark Gower

    Replaced by Britton at the break after an unremarkable 45 minutes in which he seemed to be off the pace - or struggling with an injury.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    22
    8
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    The Icelandic midfielder didn't add to his excellent scoring record but went close as he shot at De Gea's goal from around the edge of the penalty area. Picked the ball up in pockets of space and went closest with a curling free kick over the wall in the second half.

  • Danny Graham
    7
    13
    2.50

    Danny Graham

    Led the line with a committed performance but didn't have the pace or technique to get the better of the United defence.

  • Scott Sinclair
    10
    10
    2.50

    Scott Sinclair

    Looked lively in the first half as he showed his quick feet and pace - but faded after the break and was very quiet.

Substitutions

  • Alan Tate
    4
    7

    Alan Tate

    Came on in the dying seconds to a hero's reception from the Swansea fans.

  • Leon Britton
    8
    8
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Half-time replacement for Gower. Comfortable on the ball but sometimes positionally suspect in a defensive sense.

  • Luke Moore
    3
    8
    2.50

    Luke Moore

    Came on for Dyer midway through the second half but had very little impact and struggled to get away from United defenders.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0