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

Liberty Stadium.

Patrice Evra gave United an early lead, but Michu drew Swansea

level before the half hour mark with his 13th goal of the

campaign.

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.

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

fine pass.

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

season.

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

close-range.

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.