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Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City

  • Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United the lead on half-time from the penalty spot.
  • Marcus Rashford dived to win the spot-kick, which drew the wrath of Swansea players.
  • Swansea deservedly levelled late in the second half through Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • The result leaves Swansea in the relegation zone, while United lie out of the top four.
Gylfi Sigurdsson

Full-time: Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City

Yet another 1-1 draw for Manchester United at Old Trafford, and on the balance of play that's all they deserved. Jose Mourinho's men took the lead when Wayne Rooney scored a penalty controversially won by Marcus Rashford on the stroke of half-time.

The Red Devils were pegged back and deservedly so. Gylfi Sigurdsson's wondrous free-kick gave De Gea no chance, Swansea a point, and United their 10th home league draw of the season.

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Jose Mourinho

Young runs out of room as he endeavours to cross and Manchester United seemingly run out of time.

Martial tries to work some magic but is crowded out by Swansea's defensive line. Rashford whips in a corner with some pace but Fabianski catches the ball superbly.

Three minutes of injury time left for both teams to go for glory.

SIX minutes of added time, due to the injuries to Bailly and Montero.

Llorente wastes a golden chance to steal all three points for Swansea as he stabs loosely at a set-piece. The Spaniard should've done a lot better, and he knows it.

Martial draws a free-kick out of Fernandez, who is cautioned for a silly challenge on the Frenchman.

Rashford takes, but his cross-cum-shot is hit with too much venom and sails past Fabianski's post. Into stoppage time now.

Sigurdsson wheels away in delight as he levels things up at Old Trafford.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Lingard does excellently to get his head on the end of a Young cross but Fabianski holds his effort with ease. United just five minutes from yet another home draw at Old Trafford.

What a delightful free-kick from Sigurdsson. It's a perfect set-piece from the Icelandic international, who gave De Gea absolutely no chance. Herrera had initially stationed himself on the post that Sigurdsson exploited, but he vacated the area just as the free-kick came in.

1-1 at Old Trafford, same old story for United.

GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City (Sigurdsson)

Rooney fouls Ayew and hands Swansea a free-kick in a very dangerous area.

Patient play form Manchester United results in Valencia stinging the palms of Fabianski. Swansea respond and counter quickly through Ayew and Sigurdsson, who skies his effort high over the bar.

Young and Olsson collide in the United penalty area. The England international took the coward's way out of the challenge, and left the Swede in some discomfort.

ANOTHER injury problem at Old Trafford. This time it's Jefferson Montero, who has only just come on, in some discomfort. The Ecuadorian international has been plagued by hamstring injuries this season, and he looks to have suffered another one.

Martin Olsson replaces him.

An attacking change from Clement as he replaces Britton with pacey Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero.

United still on the front foot after the stoppage for Bailly's injury. The ball is worked to Martial who drives a shot at Fabianski, which he just about deals with.

Rashford then bursts past two Swansea defenders and delivers a teasing cross that no one is close to getting on the end of.

Bailly tries valiantly but cannot continue. Darmian replaces him, but United are now without all of their recognised central defenders ahead of a crucial part of the season.

Swansea also making a change, with Fer replacing Ki. 30 minutes of normal time remaining.

Major worry for Manchester United. Eric Bailly is down after planting his foot awkwardly. Club physios are on the pitch treating the Ivorian, who is currently indispensable to Mourinho.

Ki darts down the right channel but is caught between two minds. He works the ball to Llorente, who tees up Sigurdsson, but the Icelandic international scuffs his effort.

Almost 2-0 for United as Rooney's goalbound effort hits Martial. The hosts have made a brighter start to the second half, but their resulting corner is easily dealt with by Fabianski.

The second half has begun at Old Trafford. Can Swansea right the wrongs of the first-half?

GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Swansea City (Rooney, pen)

No mistake from the England captain, who sends Fabianski the wrong way. United lead, undeservedly, and Paul Clement's men have every right to feel aggrieved by Neil Swarbrick's decision to award the hosts a spot-kick.

Swansea players surround the referee as he blows the half-time whistle. Yet another poor decision made by an official, and it could prove costly for the Swans.

United receive a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time! Fabianski is adjudged to have tripped Rashford, though replays show the England international dived to win the penalty.

Wayne Rooney will take the spot-kick.


Rashford and Martial combine well down the left but the latter's cross is cut out by Mawson. Rashford's corner looks to cause a few problems but is eventually gathered by Fabianski.

Lingard fires a speculative effort that drifts harmlessly wide of Fabianski's left post. The England international then receives a booking for a high challenge which caught Ayew.

Closing on half-time, a rather uneventful match so far.

Martial down after coming off second best in an aerial duel with Llorente. Not a lot in the way of action during the last 10 minutes, although Sigurdsson and Carroll combined excellently and almost carved United open.

Rooney barges Ki off the ball and almost sets Rashford free, but Mawson manages to intercept and clear for a corner. Rashford takes the set-piece and picks out Carrick, who fails to direct his effort goalwards.

United stretched once again as Kingsley's ball to Ayew causes them all sorts of problems. The Ghanaian performs a number of stepovers before unleashing a shot which De Gea stops with his feet.

The ball trickles into a dangerous area but just evades Sigurdsson, and United eventually clear.

Martial gets the better of Naughton and Ki and unleashes a powerful effort at goal. Fabianski saves from the Frenchman, and the Pole just about manages to keep the ball away from Lingard, who was closing in with intent.

Martial zooms past Naughton but is stifled excellently by Fernandez in the penalty area. Swansea quickly counter up the pitch and win a foul after Young tripped Ki, but Sigurdsson's free-kick is caught well by De Gea.

Lingard bursts through the middle of the park and drags United up the pitch. The ball is eventually worked to Young, who delivers another good ball that is headed over by Rooney.

United finally starting to settle and getting some joy down the left hand side with Young. The utility man played a lovely ball for Lingard, who drew a smart save from Fabianski.

United try to attack again but a poor challenge from Martial stops them in their tracks. The Frenchman picks up the first yellow of the day for a mistimed challenge on Ayew.

Rashford's pace wins a free-kick for Manchester United, but Blind's delivery is simply woeful. Not a good start from the hosts.

Jose Mourinho

A frenzy in the Manchester United area as they scramble the ball to safety. De Gea palms away a testing effort from Llorente, while Ayew and Sigurdsson fail to force the ball in.

Naughton's lofted ball finds Ayew in the box but Bailly stops the danger. The Ivorian's clearance is not the best as Sigurdsson charges it down, but the ball rolls harmlessly for a goal kick.

Shaw's race is run after just seven minutes. He is replaced by Antonio Valencia.

Ayew very unlucky to concede a foul after outmuscling Bailly high up the pitch.

Luke Shaw is currently down, clutching his left knee. Valencia and Darmian are warming up, but another injury is the last thing United need.

Swansea have settled well and are seeing a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges.

No chances for either teams as of yet but Clement's men have the freedom of the centre of the park.

Manchester United get things under way at Old Trafford. Neil Swarbrick is today's referee.

The teams are in the tunnel. Kick-off just moments away.

Just over 10 minutes until kick-off. The players have just returned to the dressing rooms after being put through their preparatory paces.

Michael Carrick, Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney

Some pre-match thoughts from Jose Mourinho:

"I think it's the ninth match in April with sometimes two day, three days in between. On top a squad of 22 was reduced to 14 . The situation is not easy but we have two competitions to play for and we must go with everything we have. Today we forget Thursday and focus on an opponents that needs points like us.

We are rotating players, trying to rotate. Rooney, Young, Lingard and Luke Shaw, they didn't play the last match so at least we have four fresh players to compensate the fatigue of others.

"For the youngsters it's a good experience, even if they aren't on the pitch. We try to get the best kids prepared to give us a hand because we need everyone. Mata's coming back, good effort to be ready as soon as possible. Paul will be ready for Celta Vigo. We are enjoying the fact that we are still fighting for two objectives."

Jose Mourinho
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Half an hour until kick-off. Here's a recap of the team news:

Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, Kingsley, Carro'l. Britton, Ki, Ayew Llorente, Sigurdsson.

Just one change for Swansea, as Ki replaces Fer. Can the Swans prolong their rather impressive recent record against Manchester United with a positive result?

Less than 45 minutes until kick-off.

Four changes for Manchester United, with Young, Shaw, Lingard and Rooney replacing Valencia Darmian, Fellaini and Mkhitaryan.

There is also space in the 18 for playmaker Juan Mata, who is fit enough for the bench.

Juan Mata


Manchester United substitutes: Romero, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Valencia, Mkhitaryan, Mata, McTominay.

Swansea City substitutes: Nordfeldt, Amat, Olsson, Cork, Fer, Montero, Borja.

Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, Kingsley, Carro'l. Britton, Ki, Ayew Llorente, Sigurdsson.


Just five minutes until team news drops. Swansea are set to welcome back integral duo Jack Cork and Martin Olsson from injury, while Mourinho may be forced into handing Wayne Rooney a start in midfield due to the knocks sustained by Paul Pogba, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Juan Mata.

Marouane Fellaini is also unavailable through suspension.

Marouane Fellani

Swansea City boss Paul Clement has lifted the lid on Jose Mourinho's approach. The former Bayern Munich assistant boss worked with the Portuguese at Chelsea.

"Jose was the professor and I was the student," Clement said. "I was definitely in awe of him. You were never quite sure where you stood with him, either.

"He created a distance between people. He was very strong on the psychological side, on managing people – both players and staff. He really kept you on your toes.

"I was at Fulham and he had gone to Chelsea and I was so interested in what was going on. I asked one of my friends who was a coach there to draw me some of the exercises he was doing.

"But you can't really see it on paper. It's not until you stand on the side of the pitch and see it, that you can see what he is like as a coach."

Paul Clement

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has a smorgasbord of injury problems to contend with. He gave an updated on his crocked contingent during his press conference on Friday (28 April).

"I think the first one to be back is Mata, which gives us another option in attack but, in reality, what we need now is one of the two central defenders [Smalling and Jones] to be back."

"We're arriving at an extreme situation, I think it must be unique in football, with two cruciate ligament injuries in the same match. In my career, I had one player in 17 years [injuring his cruciate]. Now, against Anderlecht, I have two in one match and we are very unlucky, it's the only thing we can say.

"The other small injuries – Pogba and [Antonio] Valencia in the last week - are injuries due to fatigue and the accumulation of matches, which is normal."

Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho's side play host to Paul Clement's struggling side in a match that could have serious ramifications at the top and bottom of the table. Three points for United could see them move to third, albeit temporarily, while a win for Swansea would lift them out the relegation zone.

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