It was a happy ending at Old Trafford as Wayne Rooney’s backheel goal won the game for the home team. Manchester United registered their first win since 21st November as the Red Devils defeated Swansea City 2-1. Anthony Martial scored the first goal from Ashley Young’s cross and Gylfi Sigurdsson equalized it with yet another header. Thanks to Rooney’s well timed back heal strike which led the home team to a massive victory. The Swans failed to convert their last minute chance as their goalkeeper Fabianski travelled all the way to the D area and tried attempting a header from within the box. Had the header entered the net, the result would have totally been different.

We now look into the player ratings for this game.

Manchester United

De Gea 7- Made important saves, could do little about Swansea’s goal having earlier needed the help of his left-hand post.

Young 8- Better performance than the one against Chelsea, set up the first goal for Martial

Jones 6- Wasn’t commendable, replaced at half time

Smalling 7- Decent performance at the defence

Blind 7- Performed brilliantly under pressure, improved game play as compared to the previous one against the Blues

Schweinsteiger 6- Failed to contribute enough, could have done much better

Schneiderlin 6- Settled after an unstable start, got away with a few handballs

Mata 7- Was seen lively today, lousy on Sigurdsson’s goal though

Herrera 6- Energetic but struggled to impose

Martial 9- Majestic, set up one goal and netted one himself

Rooney 8- Slowly gaining back form, scored the wonderful backheel winner

Swansea City

Fabianski 7- Stopped Rooney and Mata from scoring, nearly netted the header for an equalizer in injury time

Rangel 6- Marked Martial well, got booked as well

Fernandez 5- Got away with a foul on Martial, was beaten by Martial easily in the build up for Rooney’s winner

Williams 7- Strong defending, unlucky to not grab the equalizer in injury time

Taylor 5- Young easily bossed him, bad game for the lad

Cork 6- Very little contribution in the game

Britton 5- Struggled badly, was replaced within 30minutes

Ki Sung 7- Did his best in the holding role, failed to score today though

Sigurdsson 7- Scored the equalizer after Martial’s header

Routledge 7- Created chances, aimed a beautiful volley at De Gea

Ayew 7- Couldn’t convert the goals, unlucky to miss the goal which came back off the post in the second half 


    18 year old female football writer who has found her place in a male dominant world of football. Manchester United aficionado. Vidic & Chicharito obsessed.

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