Swansea 2 Manchester U 1

Ander Herrera

Man­chester Uni­ted Facts­book Re­port: Swansea 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Liberty Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 21, 2015. Man­chester Uni­ted had suf­fered an un­ex­pec­ted 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst Swansea City at Old Traf­ford on the open­ing day of the 2014-15 sea­son and, as fate would have it, they lost by the ex­act same score when they played The Swans at the Liberty Sta­dium in Feb­ruary 2015. 

Dur­ing their pre­vi­ous ten Pre­mier Lea­gue ga­mes, Man­chester Uni­ted had over­come Liver­pool, New­castle Uni­ted, Queens Park Ran­gers, Lei­cester City, and Burn­ley, drawn wi­th As­ton Vil­la, Tot­ten­ham, Sto­ke City, and West Ham Uni­ted, and tasted de­feat ag­ainst South­ampton. Swansea City, mean­while, had de­feated Hull City, As­ton Vil­la, and South­ampton, drawn wi­th Queens Park Ran­gers, West Ham Uni­ted, and Sun­der­land, and be­en beaten by Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, Liver­pool, Chel­sea, and West Brom­wich Al­bion. The Welsh­men, who had switched to a mid­field dia­mond, dom­in­ated the early skir­mishes, but it was Man­chester Uni­ted that grabbed the lead when An­gel Di Mar­ia fou­nd mid­field col­league An­der Her­rera in­side the eight­een-yard box, and the of­fens­ive ori­ented play­maker slot­ted a low strike in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the goal via Wales in­ter­na­tion­al Ash­ley Wil­li­ams in the 28th min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. But on­ly a mere two min­utes la­ter in the mat­ch So­uth Korean mid­field or­ches­trat­or Ki Sung-yueng ma­naged to con­vert a dan­ger­ous cross from ex-Liver­pool mid­fielder Jonjo Shel­vey to level the score for the boys in white shirts. And then, in the 73rd min­ute of the fix­ture, the for­mer An­field play­er pro­duced a fierce goal bound ef­fort which was de­flec­ted in­to the back of the net by French front­man Bafe­timbi Gomis to make the fi­nal sco­reline read 2-1 in the fa­vour of the hosts.

Fol­low­ing the nar­row away de­feat ag­ainst Swansea City at the Liberty Sta­dium, Louis van Gaal´s ex­pens­ive Man­chester Uni­ted si­de now fou­nd them­selves in fourth po­s­i­tion in the Pre­mier Lea­gue stand­ings wi­th 47 points gain­ed from 26 mat­ches played, as much as thir­teen points adrift of lead­ers Chel­sea, who for their part were held to a sur­prise 1-1 draw ag­ainst Pre­miership new­comers Burn­ley at their Stam­ford Bridge fort­ress. Swansea City Te­am: Lukasz Fa­bi­anski, Fe­d­erico Fernan­dez, Ash­ley Wil­li­ams, Jack Cork, Kyle Naugh­ton, Neil Tay­lor, Way­ne Rout­ledge, Jonjo Shel­vey, Gylfi Sig­urdsson, Sung-yueng Ki, Bafe­timbi Gomis. Sub­stitutes: An­gel Ran­gel, Jordi Amat, Le­on Brit­ton, Mar­vin Emnes, Jef­fer­son Montero, Nel­son Oli­veira, Ger­hard Trem­mel. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Lu­ke Shaw, Phil Jones, Pad­dy McNair, Da­ley Bli­nd, Mar­cos Rojo, An­der Her­rera, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Way­ne Roo­ney, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Ra­damel Fal­cao, Ash­ley Young, Ju­an Ma­ta, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Chris Small­ing, An­tonio Va­lencia, Vic­tor Valdes.


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Da­vid Moyes´s Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Swansea City 4-1 at the Liberty Sta­dium on the open­ing day of the 2013-14 cam­paign, but un­for­tu­nately the win was noth­ing but a flash in the pan.


2014-15 Sea­son:

Sto­ke City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Yeovil To­wn 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 South­ampton 1
Queens Park Ran­gers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Cam­bridge Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Cam­bridge Uni­ted 0
West Ham Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Burn­ley 1
Pre­ston North End 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3

Man­ager: Lu­is van Gaal

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