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Swansea City 0-1 Manchester United - Javier Hernandez prays, and then scores on 11 minutes thanks to Ryan Giggs
Swansea City 0-1 Manchester United: Javier Hernandez’ prayers are answered at the Liberty Stadium…

Match Report – Swansea City 0-1 Manchester United

Competition: Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 5:30pm, Saturday, 19th November 2011
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales (Away)
Attendance: 20,295


Manchester United became the first club to win in Wales in the Premier League, as The Reds beat Swansea City 1-0 at the homely but boisterous Liberty Stadium. The small crowd watched The Swans keep their dignity, but it was the sign of Champions, as United won while playing to poor standards. Returning Welshman Ryan Giggs was on-hand to assist the naturally talented Mexican forward, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, for the early winning goal…

David De Gea was in goal, as Nemanja Vidic captained the side. Patrice Evra and Phil Jones accompanied Rio Ferdinand either side of the two solid defenders, looking to maintain a fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Looking for a returning to goalscoring form was a strong midfield comprised of Luis Nani, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and Ji-Sung Park. You’ll never guess who was in attack… Wayne Rooney supporting Chicharito.

Swansea City were out of the traps quicker than United, and the top-flight Welsh team made a handful of early chances before Sir Alex Ferguson’s men regained their senses. In the build-up of the game, fans were thinking ‘this is Swansea’, not exactly the biggest threat to our crown. Nonetheless, Brendan Rodgers’ side put up a tougher test than the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea did earlier this season. But, ‘this is United’…
Ryan Giggs assists Javier Hernandez on 11 minutes for United’s first Premier League goal in Wales

As Angel Rangel played with the ball deep into his territory, Giggsy was quick to disposes his pass back to the goalie. The 37-year-old winger drew the challenge from the remnants of The Swans’ defence and cued to Javier Hernandez for the 23-year-old’s 5th goal of the term. It was an easy side-footed tap-in for the striker, immediately thanking his partner in crime on 11 minutes. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was going to be a walkover.

With The Champions in the lead, Swansea wanted to give their 20,000+ fans something to shout about. That happened in the form of expressing their disbelief that usually reliable Scott Sinclair missed a sitter from yards inside the penalty area. The chance was created by Wayne Routledge, who was in shock when he saw his deflected cross miss-hit. United escaped as Giggs tried his luck from a decent free-kick, which narrowly missed the target.

Hernandez almost played Rooney in for a one-on-one situation with Michael Vorm, but that wasn’t to be. Gary Monk should have put his header on target from a corner, before Roo tested Swansea’s resolve with a number of long-rangers. Rio’s good pal Ashley Williams saw the pair’s friendship count for little as Ferdinand foiled his attempt at an equaliser. Fabio, Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia were introduced in place of Evra, Giggs and Chicha. 
Get down from there !… Michael Vorm tangles with Wayne Rooney in mid-air

Jones hit the post in another agonisingly close position for his first senior football goal, coming moments after Wazza should have put the ball in the back of the net when he chipped over the goals. United held-out, and at the very end Nani was unlucky not to have netted as Vorm thwarted the Portuguese’ low drive. The 24-year-old winger should have had a corner out of his effort, but instead settled for referee Mike Dean’s final whistle. 1-0 is becoming popular. 

Let’s up our game for Benfica midweek ! 


United Team: David De Gea, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra (Fabio Da Silva ’51), Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs (Darren Fletcher ’76), Ji-Sung Park Luis Nani, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez (Antonio Valencia ’84).

Goals: Hernandez ’11
Bookings: Evra ’47

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