Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0: Red Devils ease to victory
Manchester United ensured that the Premiership title race would still go down to the final day after a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea at Old Trafford.
The first half began with relative dominance from Manchester united with Valencia and Young receiving plenty of the ball. Unsurprisingly, United had the game’s first meaningful chance when Michel Vorm denied first Evra, then Rooney.
The home side took the lead with 27 minutes played after some excellent work by Valencia on the right, who then pulled it back for Michael Carrick, whose shot was turned in by Paul Scholes from about two yards out.
United nearly doubled their lead one minute later with Valencia’s low driven cross reaching Hernandez, however Manchester United’s number fourteen was unable to get his shot away.
Five minutes before the half time whistle, Ashley Young made it two after sweeping strike into the left hand corner of the net. In fact, it could have been 3-0 at half time as Chris Smalling’s glancing header went wide.
In the second half United created yet more chances. After a Swansea corner, Valencia passed to Rooney, whose pass was crucially intercepted by Nathan Dyer. If not for Dyer’s intervention, Ashley Young would have had an open goal.
Swansea were not being pinned back in their own half for the entire match however. On the 59th minute, a Scott Sinclair shot deflected off Danny Graham’s boot and nearly wrong-footed David De Gea. The Swans proved they were not afraid of united and were willing to try and score.
With 20 minutes remaining, Wayne Rooney was put through by Michael Carrick but the England striker put it wide of the target. Despite continuing to dominate possession however, United didn’t create many chances in the last twenty minutes.
All in all, United really should have scored more than two, with Hernandez in particular missing a few decent opportunities.
With more clinical finishing, perhaps United would be in pole position, but for now, they’ll need QPR to produce a major shock next Sunday at the Etihad, as well as themselves beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
It’s unlikely but Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United will not give the title up before it’s officially over.