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Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Manchester United headed into their Barclays Premier League match against Swansea City with a winless run which has covered the last eight matches. Not only that, Swansea had beaten them home and away in their last three matches, which added more pressure to United, who have failed to score in their last two matches. Louis van Gaal will be wanting his squad to break the run of form they are in, earn three points from this match, building on the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Monday evening, which saw a good performance from United. The first four minutes started well for United, with Ander Herrera having a shot on goal, which he should have scored. United seemed to lose their footing after the first four minutes, looking less likely to score.

United had plenty of shots in the first half, eight in total; two of which were saved by Łukasz Fabiański. United needed to ensure that their target men were on the ball to break their goal drought and ensure that they find the back of the net. Both Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata saw chances saved in the first half, but it gave the side something to build upon heading into the second half. Ashley Young was on form, putting in many crosses, some of which should have been buried into the back of the net, if the forwards were in the right places. At the start of the first half, Louis van Gaal made his first change with Matteo Darmian replacing Phil Jones, which was a very welcome sight.

Inside the first two minutes of the second half, United had scored their first goal with Anthony Martial heading home after an Ashley Young cross into the box. It was what United needed, but now they need the comfort of the lead, by adding another goal or two, to ensure victory, as that was the least they should be leaving with Old Trafford this evening. With twenty minutes of the match remaining, Gylfi Sigurðsson equalised for the visitors, which seemed to commence the online #LVGOUT campaign which keeps that Top Red crown in reach for all these ‘proper’ supporters. Seven minutes later, United were back in front, this time through Wayne Rooney, with Martial the provider of the goal. Ashley Young was then replaced by Paddy McNair with twelve minutes remaining, with United looking to retain their lead. Michael Carrick was a late substitute, replacing Ander Herrera, making his 400th appearance for United. The eight match winless run has been ended, just like it was back in the 1989/90 season. History repeating itself???

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Not much for the Spaniard to do this afternoon. Conceded one goal, but made three vital saves to deny Swansea from scoring. Something more to build on heading into the next match, an FA Cup third round clash with Sheffield United.

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18 Ashley Young

Man of the Match for me. Effectively played at right-back, but played further forward, and had a blinding match. Played many crosses into the area, assisted for the first goal scored by Anthony Martial. Played two more key passes into the area. Replaced late on, to an ovation. Had lots of confidence.

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4 Phil Jones

Kept Matteo Darmian on the bench today, but paid for that with an injury at half time. Did not have much to deal with, thank goodness.

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12 Chris Smalling

The England defender was solid for most of the match. Picked up a yellow card late in the first half for a challenge on Ayew. Got himself into a few good positions and helped maintain possession.

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17 Daley Blind

Played at left-back. Helped maintain possession with 84% pass success. Routledgewas a tricky customer for the Dutch utility player. Sigurdsson got the better of him for the equaliser though. Was successful with only one of the three corners he took.

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Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Lost the ball easily in the first half, which allowed Swansea to counter. Was lucky not to give away a penalty, which was claimed, but not given. 93% pass success rate and two chances created with forward passes. Something to build on today will be the main thought.

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Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Was steady in midfield. Was an integral cog in the build up play which led to Martial's goal at the start of the second half, putting in a gritty tackle. Was nothing to write home about, performance wise, but a player who did his bit in more ways than one.

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8 Juan Mata

Almost got himself a goal around the half hour mark of the match. Created a lot of space for Ashley Young by drifting into the pitch, rather than staying on the flank.

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21 Ander Herrera

The Spaniard was lively and alert in the midfield. Almost had a goal inside the first few minutes after picking a delightful pass from Ashley Young, only for his attempt to be thwarted.

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11 Anthony Martial

Opened the scoring inside the first two minutes of the second half with a header from an Ashley Young cross. Also assisted for the winning goal, scored by Wayne Rooney. Playing as a wide player, the Frenchman drove into the box at time, looking to change the game.

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Wayne Rooney

Scored his first goal in the league since October (against Everton), with a back-flick. Ashley Young created chances for him, but Rooney did not always take the best option. Better performance though, something needs to be build from this victory to save the season.

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Substitutes

36 Matteo Darmian

Replaced Phil Jones. Took some time to get into the game. Won 57% of his tackles and half of his aerial duels. Made one interception, one clearance and both committed and suffered a foul.

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Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Replaced Ashley Young. Played the final 12 minutes. Not enough time to get involved, but helped maintain United's lead.

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16 Michael Carrick

Replaced Ander Herrera. Came on at the death.

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