Swansea complete the double over Manchester United

A second half goal against the run of play was enough for the hosts today.

Gary Monk lets his team know how many points they picked up today.
Gary Monk lets his team know how many points they picked up today.
Image: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

SWANSEA CITY SCORED a deflected winner to record yet another 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Welsh club beat United by the same scoreline in last season’s FA Cup third-round tie at Old Trafford, before pulling off a repeat away performance on the opening day of the current league campaign.

And Jonjo Shelvey’s thunderous 73rd-minute strike, which deflected off the head of Bafetimbi Gomis, who was ultimately credited with the goal, means three of the last four meetings between these sides have finished 2-1 in Swansea’s favour.

After Swansea had looked the more dangerous in the opening stages, it was the visitors who went in front thanks to Ander Herrera’s shot shortly before the half-hour mark.

Yet Swansea were level two minutes later, when Ki Sung-yueng got his boot to a Shelvey cross from the left.

United put Swansea under sustained pressure for long spells of the second half, but the hosts struck late on to subject Louis van Gaal’s men to a first defeat in five league matches.

The South Korea international came close to applying the finish to another Shelvey centre early in the second half, but De Gea did well to rush off his line and thwart the attack.

Van Persie fired into the side-netting as United probed with a series of attacks, but the Swansea backline was holding firm.

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And Swansea’s patience paid off when Shelvey rifled home a winner from 20 yards, although the ball did take a significant nick off the head of Gomis.

United pressed forward, as they had done in search of a winner prior to Swansea’s second strike, but the home side clung on for just their second win in eight league matches.

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As it happened: Swansea v Manchester United, Premier League

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