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Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City: Tactical analysis

The game kicked off at 8:30pm IST as the two teams battled against each other for an optimistic result. The beginning of the fixture saw some attacking football from both the ends. Wayne Routledge of Swansea volleyed a shot towards De Gea in the 29th minute but it was saved by the Spaniard. Juan Mata attempted a free kick with a hope of scoring but the shot was saved by Fabianski, straight easy save for the goal keeper. Again, Manchester United try to hit the woodwork as Young crossed the ball for Rooney whose header was blocked by Cork and later saved by Fabianski. The game started getting dull from this point and eventually turned boring. The score line at half time remained 0-0 with the Red Devils dominating the game.

At Half-time

Manchester United 0-0 Swansea City

Shots: 8-3

Pass accuracy: 85%-75%

Chances created: 4-2

Crosses: 11-3

Manchester United’s last 9 home games at HT:

0-0      MCFC

0-0      Boro

0-0      CSKA

0-0      WBA

0-0      PSV

0-0      WHUFC

0-1      NCFC

0-0      Chelsea

0-0      Swansea

The second half witnessed Anthony Martial’s opening goal for the home team. The youngster headed Young’s cross into the net powerfully and gifted a lead to the Red Devils. With this, Anthony Martial had converted an impressive 29.4% of his chances in the Premier League this season. The title of the Golden Boy definitely serves him well. This was Anthony’s 8th goal of the season. However the lead lasted only 23 minutes as the rivals netted in an equalizer in the 70th minute.

Swansea’s Sigurdsson headed in Barrow’s cross to get the visitors level. With this, Gylfi Sigurðsson scored his first Premier League goal in 10 games. His drought came to an end after this wonderful goal. Then came in the most exciting moment of the match- the winning goal. Against all odds, Wayne Rooney netted in the winner for United as the fans rejoiced. Martial powered through and cut the ball back for the English international who scored great awareness to score with a clever flick. Rooney’s backheel goal stole the show as the Red Devils lead again.

With this goal, Rooney became the second highest all time scorer in the Premier League.

Most Premier League goals of all-time: Alan Shearer (260)

Wayne Rooney (188)

Andy Cole (187)

Frank Lampard (177)

The Swansea goalkeeper played a dramatic role in the ending moments of the game. In injury time, the Swans were awarded with a corner. This was their last chance to score as the match was nearing full time. Fabianski rushed his way from the goal keeping area to the opponent’s d area and made himself ready to score from outside the box. The keeper rushed a header into the net which unluckily brushed through the bar and failed to get in. And with this the final whistle blew which awarded 3 important points to United and happiness to their fans. It was indeed a happy start to their new year, as for the Swans, the team goes back home with a disappointed result.

Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City

Shots: 19-9

Pass accuracy: 84%-78%

Chances created: 13-5

Crosses: 21-11

Some more stats..

Anthony Martial’s game by numbers:

91% pass accuracy

4 take ons

4 shots

1 goal

1 assist

Important stats from the game

  • Rooney ended a run of 553 minutes without a goal for the club.
  • Manchester United have now failed to score in their last nine first halves at Old Trafford. The last player to score a first half goal at Old Trafford in all competitions was Juan Mata v Wolfsburg in September.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored twice and assisted twice in his last four league games versus Manchester United.

With this Manchester United go up on the table as they stand 5th on the table after 20 games.

 

P.S – All stats mentioned above have been taken from Squawka 

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