Manchester U 2 Swansea 0

Paul Scholes

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Swansea City 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, May 6, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Swansea City 2-0 at Old Traf­ford thanks to fir­st ha­lf goals from Paul Scho­les and Ash­ley Young. Man­chester City were still top­ping the ta­ble, tho­ugh, as they ma­naged to win by the ex­act same score ag­ainst New­castle Uni­ted at St Ja­mes´ Park.

Man­chester Uni­ted entered the fix­ture on the back of a nar­row 1-0 loss ag­ainst neigh­bours Man­chester City at Eti­had Sta­dium, whi­le Swansea City had drawn 4-4 to al­ready re­leg­ated Wolver­hampton Wan­derers at Liberty Sta­dium in their pre­vi­ous Pre­mier Lea­gue en­counter. Con­tain­ing Man­chester Uni­ted at their Old Traf­ford fort­ress is bey­ond most foot­ball te­ams, and the plucky So­uth Wales out­fit could on­ly throw a white col­oured cloak in front of their goal­mouth and hope for the best pos­sible out­come. And as ex­pec­ted by most, Man­chester Uni­ted pressed from the very start of the ga­me, and the hosts had their re­ward in the 28th min­ute of play when ever­green Paul Scho­les re­dir­ec­ted a si­de-footed shot from fel­low mid­fielder Mi­chael Car­rick in­to the back of the net. And four min­utes be­fore the sound of the ha­lf time sig­nal, Ash­ley Young sco­red the sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon as the quick think­ing Eng­land wing­er fol­lowed up a re­bound from a Way­ne Roo­ney ef­fort. Uni­ted con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate the pos­ses­sion of the ball af­ter the re­sump­tion, but the red shirts were waste­ful in front of goal. Roo­ney ev­entually re­ceived his fir­st yel­low card of the 2011-12 Pre­mier Lea­gue sea­son for a late chal­lenge on Swansea mid­fielder Le­on Brit­ton in the 71st min­ute, and al­though the frus­trated stri­ker was re­placed by Bul­gari­an marks­man Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov wi­th el­ev­en min­utes re­maining, the sub­sti­tu­tion made no im­pact on the score­board. The res­ult at Old Traf­ford meant that Man­chester City still led the Pre­mier Lea­gue on goal dif­fer­ence from The Reds. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Chris Small­ing, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mi­chael Car­rick, Paul Scho­les, Ash­ley Young, Way­ne Roo­ney, Javi­er Her­nandez. Sub­stitutes: Ra­fael da Silva, Tom Clev­er­ley, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-sung Park, Lu­is Nani, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Ben Amos. Swansea City Te­am: Michel Vorm, An­gel Ran­gel, Ste­ven Caulk­er, Ash­ley Wil­li­ams, Neil Tay­lor, Joe Al­len, Ma­rk Gower, Gylfi Sig­urdsson, Nat­han Dyer, Dan­ny Gra­ham, Scott Sin­clair. Sub­stitutes: Garry Monk, Alan Tate, Le­on Brit­ton, Josh McEa­chran, Way­ne Rout­ledge, Lu­ke Moore, Ger­hard Tremmel.

Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted over­came Swansea City by 2-1 in a Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One clash at Old Traf­ford on the 7th of May 1983. Frank Stapleton and Bry­an Rob­son re­gistered the goals for the ho­me team.


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