sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 23 December 2012, 1:30pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,650
SwanseaSwanseavMan UtdMan Utd
1
  • Michu, 29
1
  • Evra, 16

live commentary

FULL-TIME: The search for that elusive winner is over and both sides have to settle for a point. The roar from the home fans suggest that they are the happier of the two teams. However Man United do stretch their lead at the top slightly to four points whilst Swansea stay 11th after a spirited display. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage and Merry Christmas to you all. Stick around for the full-match report.

90+2 mins: Scholes picks up a yellow card for a reckless challenge. Not like him! Giggs then tries a cheeky lob over Vorm but it plops just wide.

90 mins: van Persie is stopped in his tracks right on the edge of the area as Man United continue to press. Four minutes of Fergie Time are added on.

86 mins: Swansea still fancy nicking this as well and are bringing on striker Shechter for midfielder Agustien.

Dez, Hants -"As a Chelsea fan ...Come on you swans ..you can win this !!"

84 mins: Man United continue to turn the screw and are now throwing on Scholes to see if he can provide that one killer pass to give the Red Devils all three points. Cleverley makes way.

80 mins: Swansea are hanging on for dear life! van Persie's goal-bound shot is blocked by Williams and Young's effort on the follow-up is stopped near the line too! Giggs came on for Rooney by the way.

78 mins: The resulting free-kick is hit straight into the wall but Carrick his the woodwork moments later with a glancing header! Rooney has come off too to huge ironic cheers for the Swansea fans. It's not been his day today.

75 mins: Now where's the Christmas cheer lads? Dyer brings van Persie down on the edge of the area and then Williams smacks the ball into the Man United striker from point-blank range. The Swansea captain is booked as is RvP for his aggressive reaction.

73 mins: Fergie is fuming as Rooney wastes yet another golden opportunity to slide in a team-mate for a simple finish. He might be coming off in the minute.

71 mins: Van Persie plays the ball marginally in front of the on-running Hernandez who manages to get an awkward shot away. It takes a nasty deflection, needing Vorm to adjust his body well at the last second. Moore replaces de Guzman for the Swans.

James, Woking -"hernandez super sub game changer"

69 mins: Rooney tries too hard to win the ball back again for Man United and picks up a yellow hacking down Tiendalli near his own corner flag. Evans does well to head away deep inside the box.

66 mins: van Persie hits the crossbar! He gets just in front of Williams to flick on a cross from the left and it loops right onto the woodwork!

65 mins: Man United are starting to become the dominant side now and are hogging the ball. A couple of crosses have made their way into the Swansea box but neither trouble Vorm.

Jack, Loughborough -"michu is just amazing"

61 mins:Changes made by both sides now as Hernandez replaces Valencia for the league leaders. Britton comes off for Ki.

59 mins: Chico is the next man in the book for one foul too many. It's miles out but that doesn't put Rooney off from having a blast at goal. This one is straight at Vorm though.

57 mins: Both sides are dying to get forward but at the moment the attacks are fizzling out in each other's respective final thirds. You can't take your eyes off this one. There's so much going on!

54 mins:Routledge's quick feet dazzles Evans and his sharp shot needs a vital touch behind by De Gea. From the corner, Man United swarm forward and only a crucial interception from Williams stops van Persie's square pass reaching an unmarked Rooney.

50 mins: Rooney is played in on goal and really should square it here to the unmarked RvP. Instead he ignores him and sees his eventual shot blocked.

48 mins: Dyer tries to burst down the right wing but eventually runs into trouble.

45 mins: We're back! Man United get us restarted with both sides remaining untinkered with. Who's going to win this one then? Remember you can let me know your thoughts via the link above.

HALF-TIME: The ref brings an end to an excellent first-half at the Liberty Stadium. Evra's header put Man United into the lead against the run of play in the 16th minute but Swansea's response has been excellent and fully deserve to be at least on level terms in this intriguing clash. Join me again in 15 minutes for what promises to be an entertaining second half.

44 mins: Evra hustles and bustles down the left before dragging the ball back into Rooney who cracks it straight at the grateful Vorm.

42 mins: Van Persie and Jones link-up excellently down the right channel with Rooney only a yard away from meeting the latter's cross in the middle of goal.

39 mins: The game has become a bit of midfield battle now but Davies gets a huge round of applause from the home fans with a big tackle on Valencia which earns Swansea a nerve-easing throw.

Wayne, Isle of White -"3-1 to the swans today get in"

36 mins:Man United are under pressure here as Williams' cross hangs dangerously in the air with De Gea caught flat-footed. Then, de Guzman outmuscles Cleverley, comes in from the left byline and nearly catches out the keeper with a cheeky snapshot.

32 mins: van Persie tries to restore Man United's lead immediately but thrashes his shot on his weaker right foot way wide.

29 MINS: SWANSEA BACK LEVEL! And it's that man again MICHU! Routledge unlocks the Man United defence with a first-time pass to de Guzman. De Gea then parries his strike from a tight angle on the right straight into the path of his compatriot who pokes it in! A thoroughly-deserved equaliser!

26 mins: Dyer, on the right flank, helps Tiendalli's cushioned header on towards the near post where Michu can't get his header down.

24 mins: Chico gets his feet in a tangle on the edge of his own are and Cleverley comes in to steal the ball. Rooney then shifts it out wide to Jones who can only scoop his cross onto the roof of the net.

22 mins: The Red Devils win another corner over on the right-hand side, however the Swans defence do a better job of clearing this one away.

19 mins: Swansea look determined to continue the good start they have made to this match but the ref blows for a foul by Michu just as Dyer is racing through on goal.

16 MINS: MAN UNITED IN FRONT! Vorm fingertips the ball behind from Young's low drive and from the resulting corner, EVRA rises above Davies in the six-yard box to glance the ball in between the far post and Britton on the line!

13 mins: Chances fall at either end as Michu and Rooney both have shots from distance which take a deflection on their way to goal. Vorm, who will need to blow off a few cobwebs, just about keeps Rooney's effort out.

11 mins: Swansea are on the surge yet again as de Guzman's intended pass through to Michu comes straight back to him. Instead he finds Dyer, whose curling effort from the edge of the area forces De Gea to make a low catch near his left post.

9 mins: It's not like Swansea to go route one but it very nearly comes off. Agustien pumps a long ball forward, Michu shrugs off his marker before cracking the ball over the crossbar.

6 mins: Lovely play from Swansea as Dyer's flick is threaded through by de Guzman with a classy touch. Tiendalli gets the better of Evra but there's nobody there to get on the end of what is a teasing cross.

3 mins:A lively start in Wales with Rooney seeing an early effort deflected. Valencia tries to keep the move alive but his cross is a poor one.

James, Woking -"michu to score first united to win 1-2 comeback kings !!!!!"

0 mins:We're underway! The home fans are in full voice as they watch their side get this game started. They can go up to eighth if pull off an upset here. Man United are looking to stretch their lead at the top to six points again.

Swansea welcome first-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm back into their plans for the clash with Manchester United, with the Dutchman having been missing since the end of October.

Michael Laudrup makes one further change with Kemy Agustien preferred to Ki Sung-Yeung in midfield.

Fergie makes two centre-back changes from the Sunderland win with club captain Nemanja Vidic returning to the side and he will be partnered alongside Jonny Evans.

Orange commentator Mark Scott will be bringing you live updates from 1330 whilst you're all probably out just starting your Christmas shopping. If you get time, you can text him your predictions via the text box above.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 23 December 2012, 1:30pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,650
SwanseaSwanseavMan UtdMan Utd
1
  • Michu, 29
1
  • Evra, 16

match report

Manchester United were held to their first draw of the season as Swansea held on in a 1-1 stalemate in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium.

Patrice Evra gave United an early lead, but Michu drew Swansea level before the half hour mark with his 13th goal of the campaign.

United dominated the second half and twice hit the crossbar, but Swansea defended brilliantly to pick up a share of the spoils.

After a bright start from Swansea it was United who created the first noteworthy effort of the game on 13 minutes when Wayne Rooney saw his swerving shot kept out by a smart save from Michel Vorm.

Vorm came to Swansea's rescue again a minute later when he produced a smart reaction save to keep out Ashley Young's shot inside the box after Carrick played the winger in on goal with a fine pass.

United made the breakthrough on 16 minutes with Evra heading home his third Premier League goal of the season after rising highest to meet Robin van Persie's whipped in corner with the ball going in off the far post past Leon Britton on the line.

Swansea came roaring back into the game and they drew level just before the hour mark with Michu netting his 13th goal of the season.

Wayne Routledge slipped in Jonathan de Guzman inside the box and his shot across goal could only be palmed out by David de Gea to the grateful Michu who tapped home the rebound from close-range.

United had a great chance to restore their lead just before the break when Evra got in down the left and pulled the back for the unmarked Rooney 12 yards from goal, but the England man could only fire his shot straight at Vorm.

Swansea started the brighter of the two sides at the start of the season half and De Gea was twice called into the action to keep out efforts from Kemy Agustien and Wayne Routledge.

Ashley Williams produced a superb block to deny Young inside the box after van Persie teed up the winger for a shot on goal.

The visitors were beginning to turn the screw and United were inches away from restoring their lead on 67 minutes when out of nothing van Persie saw his instinctive volley from Rooney's cross loop onto the crossbar.

Things threatened to boil over 16 minutes from time when Williams and van Persie were both booked after a melee involving the pair when after being fouled Williams drilled the ball into the Dutchman's head while he was on the ground.

United struck the cross bar for a second time on 78 minutes when Carrick got on the end of van Persie's corner and was unlucky to see his effort come back off the woodwork.

Swansea were defending in numbers and Williams and Davies produced vital blocks inside the box to deny van Persie and Young respectively as United piled on the pressure.

United threw everything at Swansea in the closing stages, but they could not find a way past as they had to settle for a point to move four points clear at the top of the table.

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team line-up

1Michel Vorm
21Dwight Tiendalli
33Ben Davies
4Chico
6Ashley Williams
15Wayne Routledge
20Jonathan De Guzmán71
26Kemy Agustien87
12Nathan Dyer
7Leon Britton62
9Michu

substitutes

19Luke Moore71
24Ki Sung-Yueng62
25Gerhard Tremmel
29Ashley Richards
17Itay Shechter87
10Danny Graham
16Garry Monk

referee

Michael Oliver

team line-up

1David De Gea
3Patrice Evra
6Jonny Evans
15Nemanja Vidic
4Phil Jones
7Antonio Valencia62
18Ashley Young
23Tom Cleverley85
16Michael Carrick
10Wayne Rooney78
20Robin van Persie

substitutes

24Darren Fletcher
13Anders Lindegaard
11Ryan Giggs78
19Danny Welbeck
28Alexander Büttner
14Javier Hernández62
22Paul Scholes85

referee

Michael Oliver

match stats

possession %4059
shots on target97
shots off target45
corners36
tackles won1410
offsides30