Report - Swansea City 1-1 Manchester United
23rd December 2012
Manchester United dropped 2 points for the first time after going ahead in a game as Miguel Michu cancelled out Evra`s early opener in today`s entertaining 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
The Premier League leaders looked like they could have won the game rather comfortably after a promising start, but Swansea`s very own top goalscorer Michu had other ideas as he equalised just 13 minutes after Evra headed in direct from a corner.
Michael Laudrup`s side showed what they have all season, the ability to bounce back after going behind, as United created two or three excellent chances that they should have converted into goals before scoring.
Kemy Agustien made his first start of the season in the League, and he took his chance to impress the boss by producing a superb man of the match performance. The Dutchman has struggled to earn a regular place in the team due to injuries, but he gave Laudrup the perfect reason why to keep him in the team for the trip to Reading on Boxing Day.
Wayne Rooney saw his long-range powerful effort take a slight deflection but Vorm still managed to keep it out, before the Dutchman was called into action moments later. This time, Carrick put Young into a great position but he really should have done better with his shot. Vorm had a busy game to say the least on his return from a 2-month groin injury.
The Swans competed rather well for the opening 10 minutes, but the chances started to come quickly in the next five or six, and they would have been extremely disappointed to concede yet another goal from a set piece. Robin van Persie delivered a testing inswinging cross and Evra rose highest to direct a header to the far post, somehow finding it`s way past Leon Britton.
The hosts looked to bounce back and respond instantly and they thought they did three minutes later as de Guzman was given a free path through to score, but Michu was penalised for blocking Carrick in his attempts to close down the Dutchman.
Michu would have been disappointed to skew a shot high and wide with his favoured left foot, but moments later that turned to delight and the home fans were thrilled to see his trademark celebration once again. Manchester United moaned of a foul on Vidic in the lead up to the goal, but you can`t take anything away from an excellent move. Kemy Agustien picked out Wayne Routledge, and the winger fed a first time ball through to de Guzman who was a yard on side. He set himself up for a powerful low drive that de Gea saved, but the ball fell nicely for Michu to net with ease from close range.
The equaliser gave Swansea City a much needed boost as Manchester United looked a constant threat, as the hosts sat back and invited the visitors into the final third. However, the goal shifted the momentum to the Swans as they looked to end the half strongly.
Despite the hosts looking stronger and enjoying their best spell of the half so far, it was United who really should have re-took the lead just a few minutes before the break. A ball was pulled back to Wayne Rooney, and he was unmarked, had time and space to shoot on goal from 12 yards but Vorm was able to save.
United upped the pressure in the second half and dominated for long periods while Swansea looked to make the most of the chances they created. Alex Ferguson`s side were wasteful in front of goal, but the home defence deserved a lot of credit for a solid and disciplined display.
The visitors were beginning to get frustrated now, Ferguson waved his arms around frantically on the touchline at times, like he was waving down the last ever bus home, while tackles began to fly in. Thankfully Rooney had an off day, and Young was also particularly guilty of some clear-cut wasted opportunities.
The main incident of the game came when Ashley Williams accidentally kicked the ball against van Persie`s had as he laid on the floor in front of him. Ferguson thought he "could have been killed", so amazingly, he was able to get up straight away to grab the defender and show his utter frustration to the Welsh international. Both players were given yellow cards and Rooney failed to make the most of a free-kick from 20 yards.
United then decided to make some changes and bring on the veterans - Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes but they were unable to make a difference. Scholes conceded a foul unsurprisngly for an attempted tackle, while Giggs played a good ball to Young who was free on the left side, but he was still poor with his final ball.
The Swans worked very hard to close out the Red Devils and they`ll be delighted with a point which was deserved for their efforts. Ferguson thought his side should have scored 6 and won, but they didn`t and probably didn`t deserve all three points purely for their missed chances.