United held by brave Swansea
Manchester United were held to their first draw of the season as
Swansea held on in a 1-1 stalemate in the Premier League at the
Patrice Evra gave United an early lead, but Michu drew Swansea
level before the half hour mark with his 13th goal of the
United dominated the second half and twice hit the crossbar, but
Swansea defended brilliantly to pick up a share of the spoils.
After a bright start from Swansea it was United who created the
first noteworthy effort of the game on 13 minutes when Wayne Rooney
saw his swerving shot kept out by a smart save from Michel
Vorm came to Swansea’s rescue again a minute later when he
produced a smart reaction save to keep out Ashley Young’s shot
inside the box after Carrick played the winger in on goal with a
United made the breakthrough on 16 minutes with Evra heading
home his third Premier League goal of the season after rising
highest to meet Robin van Persie’s whipped in corner with the ball
going in off the far post past Leon Britton on the line.
Swansea came roaring back into the game and they drew level just
before the hour mark with Michu netting his 13th goal of the
Wayne Routledge slipped in Jonathan de Guzman inside the box and
his shot across goal could only be palmed out by David de Gea to
the grateful Michu who tapped home the rebound from
United had a great chance to restore their lead just before the
break when Evra got in down the left and pulled the back for the
unmarked Rooney 12 yards from goal, but the England man could only
fire his shot straight at Vorm.
Swansea started the brighter of the two sides at the start of
the second half and De Gea was twice called into the action to keep
out efforts from Kemy Agustien and Wayne Routledge.
Ashley Williams produced a superb block to deny Young inside the
box after van Persie teed up the winger for a shot on goal.
The visitors were beginning to turn the screw and United were
inches away from restoring their lead on 67 minutes when out of
nothing van Persie saw his instinctive volley from Rooney’s cross
loop onto the crossbar.
Things threatened to boil over 16 minutes from time when
Williams and van Persie were both booked after a melee involving
the pair when after being fouled Williams drilled the ball into the
Dutchman’s head while he was on the ground.
United struck the cross bar for a second time on 78 minutes when
Carrick got on the end of van Persie’s corner and was unlucky to
see his effort come back off the woodwork.
Swansea were defending in numbers and Williams and Davies
produced vital blocks inside the box to deny van Persie and Young
respectively as United piled on the pressure.
United threw everything at Swansea in the closing stages, but
they could not find a way past as they had to settle for a point to
move four points clear at the top of the table.