Written By: Bhavdeep Singh
An out of form Manchester United hosted Swansea City, a team that has been dominating them from the last season, on Saturday and it has to be a match that both the teams would remember for a long time to come. After three consecutive defeats against the Swans, Manchester United came out on top with a scoreline of 2-1, coincidentally, they have lost by this scoreline to Swansea in their three consecutive defeats.
Though as a United fan, I do feel bad that I have to be about the team winning against a team that is on 17th position, but given the circumstances that they were in, Manchester United and their fans desperately needed this. What a way to hopefully get back to winning ways.
After the Chelsea game, one could expect that United would play well and they did not disappoint when they started, they were constantly moving forward but being denied by a stubborn Swansea defence and Fabianski. It was around the 12th minute mark that they stopped attacking and started playing “the Van Gaal way” and Old Trafford was quiet again, it was 0-0 at half time and the fans, much like myself, were expecting anther draw.
But I believe the players realised what was going on in the fans’ minds when they stepped back onto the pitch, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata looked quite dangerous as they ran down the Swansea defence, Martial did very well on the left wing but the highlight had to be Ashley Young, there was something about him that we all missed this season, it was confidence and ferocity, he was the man Swansea were supposed to be afraid of and quite rightly so, constantly running down the right wing and crossing it as much as he could, he did indeed impress the fans.
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In the 47th minute, Young crossed a ball into the box which missed Rooney, but Martial hit it right to the ground as it bounced behind Fabianski for the first goal of the match, Manchester United lead Swansea at home. The game became more and more interesting as united were constantly in the box, chances were being created and the ball was being played up front.
Though it was not long before Swansea hit back as Siggourdson headed the ball just over De Gea to put it in goal, a well played shot. The tension was rising as the game got nearer to the 90 minute mark. The fans did get to watch two good goals but a win would be ideal for Manchester United, and Wayne Rooney complied, a grounded ball in from Martial allowed the Englishman to flick it up behind him as it landed near the far post, keeper, no chance. This one was, in my opinion one of the best goals by Wayne Rooney and it was indeed an interesting way to become the second highest scorer in the competition.
Before the final whistle, David de Gea made a very important save to a shot by Ashley Williams as Fabianski, who had come up front for the corner, saw his shot skim past the post.
The match ended on that note, Bafetimbi Gomis was called for the last 15 minutes or so but was not able to do much about the situation, surprisingly Ander Herrera was subbed later on for Michael Carrick who made his 400th appearence, to justify this Louis Van Gaal said, “I just did that to waste time as Swansea had been doing the entire game.” Louis 1-0 Swansea.
The two halves displayed the two phases of Manchester United, the first being a reflection of most bad performances and the second being one of all the good ones, this simply shows that they need to play like they did in the second half to be taken seriously and not repeat the happenings of December.
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