Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United: Shelvey’s deflected effort seals defeat

by Ben Topliss

Ki Sung-yueng and Jonjo Shelvey both scored as Swansea City came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 this evening.

Ander Herrera had given Man United the lead with a drilled finish but Shelvey’s winner condemned Louis van Gaal’s side to just their second loss in 20 games.

United were lucky not to go behind inside the first five minutes when the unmarked Bafetimbi Gomis powered a header towards goal from a Swansea corner but Herrera adjusted his body well to clear off the line.

The game was shaping up to be an open one and United took their turn to attack as Angel di Maria found himself free down the left. The Argentine whipped a dangerous cross into the box only for the hosts to scramble clear.

United struggled to organise themselves at the back and Gomis missed a second opportunity before Wayne Routledge found time and space in the box to fire straight at David de Gea. Garry Monk’s side improved their passing game as the half wore on and used the ball well to get at United in the final third.

However, it was the visitors who went in front when Herrera drilled in Di Maria’s lay-off. The goal came at the end of a slick passing move, with Rooney and Di Maria heavily involved. United probably didn’t deserve the lead on the balance of play and Swansea equalised almost immediately when Ki poked home from close range.

The South Korean’s strike lifted his teammates and Swansea’s play was full of energy towards the end of the opening 45 minutes. United, on the other hand, were relieved to hear the whistle.

Soon after the restart, De Gea was on hand to keep the two sides level. A cross from the left was swung in towards Ki, who got in front of his marker before seeing his goal-bound flick blocked by the Spanish goalkeeper.

The game settled down for a while after the chance, with United the team who gradually built up a head of steam. They certainly had more of the ball than their opponents but as so often has been the case this season they didn’t really do a great deal with it. Their best chance to go in front came from a set piece, but Marcos Rojo somehow headed over from all of three yards.

Swansea were under the cosh at the Liberty stadium but held on and eventually went in front thanks to Shelvey. The midfielder picked up the ball in space before his drive towards goal took a nick of Gomis and went past De Gea.

United’s momentum fell apart after the strike and they never really looked like getting an equaliser as Swansea saw out the win.

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