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  • Date:19 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:20,295

Live Commentary

93:02 +3.02

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Luis Nani goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:47 +0.47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Angel Rangel on Fabio Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.


Shot from close range by Phil Jones hits the post.


Shot by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.


Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Garry Monk. Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, save by Michel Vorm.


Luis Nani takes a shot. Garry Monk gets a block in.


Antonio Valencia replaces Javier Hernandez.


The referee blows for offside against Danny Graham. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.


Mark Gower leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Dobbie.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.


Darren Fletcher comes on in place of Ryan Giggs.


Danny Graham takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand. Ashley Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Mark Gower. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Gower from right channel.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.


Mark Gower takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Ryan Giggs.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Dyer on Fabio Da Silva. Free kick taken by David De Gea.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.


Foul by Fabio Da Silva on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.


Leon Britton fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.


Mark Gower gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Vorm by Wayne Rooney. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line, Garry Monk takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand. Mark Gower takes a corner.


Garry Monk concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.


Fabio Da Silva replaces Patrice Evra.


Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Save by David De Gea. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Gower.


Javier Hernandez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.


Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. Patrice Evra goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Angel Rangel.


Joe Allen comes on in place of Wayne Routledge.


Nathan Dyer fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.


Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.


Luis Nani challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Taylor.


Shot from just outside the box by Luis Nani misses to the left of the target.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Giggs on Mark Gower. Neil Taylor restarts play with the free kick.


Mark Gower takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide left of the target.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Monk on Javier Hernandez. Ryan Giggs shoots direct from the free kick.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.


Shot from outside the box by Neil Taylor goes wide right of the target.


Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.


The referee blows for offside. Michel Vorm takes the direct free kick.


Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.


Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Gower. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick. Mark Gower takes the inswinging corner, David De Gea makes a save.


Scott Sinclair has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.


Javier Hernandez scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Man Utd.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Garry Monk. Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.


Mark Gower has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

Match Preview

United fan Dyer eager to shine Nathan Dyer may have spent much of his life admiring the likes of Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo but the Swansea wing wonder is eager to showcase his own abilities when Manchester United visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening. Dyer, 23, has been a United fan since he was a boy and has marvelled at the succession of brilliant wingers to have graced the Old Trafford club, including Giggs, Nani, Andrei Kanchelskis and his hero Ronaldo. "They have had so many great wingers," he said. "First it was Giggs and then it was Ronaldo and then Nani. "I also trained with Kanchelskis when he went to Southampton, so that was great. "You look at players like Giggs and Nani and they have so much ability although you shouldn't just look at one or two of them, because they are all great players. "But I have always looked at their wingers and midfield players. I remember when I was young my Mum used to love Bryan Robson, but for me when Ronaldo was at United, he was my favourite." The former Southampton midfielder has been winning plenty of plaudits of his own this season. Dyer, last term's Supporters' Player of the Year, has been arguably the pick of the Swans' side since their step up to the top flight. Another performance of his trademark pace and trickery helped the Welsh club to a goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield last time out, and has even led a few pundits to mention him as a candidate for a place in the England squad. But Dyer insists he is not paying any attention to such talk, although it is an ambition he is keen to fulfil. "I don't take any notice of that, it is a long way from my mind," he said. "It's nice to get mentioned but I feel as though I have to improve before I deserve a chance. "However, it is a burning ambition of mine. To get to the Premier League with Swansea was an ambition, now to play for England, somewhere down the line, is another ambition. "I have wanted to get there since I was young so my sights are still set on that." Although 10th-placed Swansea are protecting an unbeaten home record, Sir Alex Ferguson's visitors will start as overwhelming favourites to take the three points on Saturday when they make their first visit to the Liberty Stadium. But Dyer says Brendan Rodgers' side will show no fear, having already tested themselves against Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. "We had the belief two years ago that we were a Premier League side and I believe that the way we are playing football now is the way it should be played," he said. "We are showing that we can play good football against some of the great players and it's good to showcase that talent. "It's going to be really tough against United because they have been at the top of the league for many years now and have 19 league titles behind them. "But we have played against the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea already, so we know what it's all about. "We will give them the respect they deserve, but not too much. After all, we are here for the points and to make sure that we stay in the league." The question for Ferguson is whether, after such a hectic period, he should pick Phil Jones again when United make their first trip to Swansea in almost 30 years. Even with Tom Cleverley ruled out until Christmas after suffering a recurrence of the ankle ligament strain he originally picked up at Everton last month, Ferguson feels United have sufficient central midfield options. Darren Fletcher, Anderson and the returning Michael Carrick are all available, whilst Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-sung are capable of operating in that area of the pitch in addition to Wayne Rooney, who helped out in a couple of games prior to the international break. Dimitar Berbatov's involvement may once again be limited to the substitutes' bench, though, especially as Ashley Young is available again after a toe injury to offer Ferguson the chance to attack Swansea from both flanks. Not that he thinks the task is going to be easy. Despite heading into their first Premier League campaign widely tipped to go straight back into the Championship, Rodgers' men have excelled. "Everyone has been taken by Swansea and the way they have played," said Ferguson. "They have kept their philosophy of playing good football and had 67% possession at Liverpool, which is very good at a place like Anfield. "We know we have a tough game but with the internationals over, now we have an opportunity to get some consistency over the next three months."

Formation:451Manager: Brendan Rodgers


Formation: 442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Michel Vorm
  • Angel Rangel
  • Ashley Williams
  • Garry Monk
  • Neil Taylor
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Mark Gower
  • Leon Britton
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Danny Graham
  • SUBS
  • Gerhard Tremmel
  • Stephen Dobbie
  • Leroy Lita
  • Luke Moore
  • Joe Allen
  • Ashley Richards
  • Vangelis Moras



Match Report

Hernandez earns United points Manchester United remain five points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City after Javier Hernandez's early goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. The Mexico international struck in the 11th minute, sliding home his fifth goal of the season from Ryan Giggs' pass after Angel Rangel had carelessly given the ball away on the edge of his own box, to give United their first win at Swansea at the ninth attempt. Scott Sinclair missed Swansea's best chance when he miscued with an empty goal at his mercy, but, despite some bright attacking moments, the Welsh side struggled to create against a well-organised United rearguard as they suffered a first home defeat of the campaign. Swansea's brightest moments had come during the early stages of the contest, with wingers Nathan Dyer and Sinclair proving their primary attacking threat with several raids down their respective flanks. But all the promise of an energetic home start was undone when Rangel's lazy pass gave the ball away to Giggs and the Welshman had little trouble finding Hernandez, who beat Michel Vorm from close range. The goal briefly rocked the hosts back on their heels but a wonderful jinking run from Dyer, which saw the winger beat Wayne Rooney, Giggs and Patrice Evra along the way, soon had the home crowd on their feet. And Swansea should have been level after 22 minutes as a deflected shot from Wayne Routledge found Sinclair with the goal at his mercy, but the ex-Chelsea man badly missed his kick and the ball deflected to safety off his standing leg. Despite those bright moments Swansea were finding it difficult to get into their usual passing rhythm as United pressed high up the field and penned them in. The champions' increasing comfort saw Rooney, who excelled playing just off Hernandez, flash a long-range drive wide, while Giggs curled a free-kick narrowly off target. Hernandez should have doubled the lead to reflect the visitors' superiority right on half-time, but he opted to square the ball after Rooney's wonderful control and weighted pass had put him in on goal. With United in such a position of control Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers summoned precocious midfield talent Joe Allen, who was nursing a calf problem, from the bench in place of Routledge in an effort to change the pattern of the game. And Allen had an instant impact as he teed up Sinclair for a shot that David De Gea tipped round his post. But United remained dangerous and Hernandez again failed to capitalise on more magic from Rooney as he miscontrolled his strike partner's superb ball towards the six-yard box. But Swansea had started the second half with more verve and vigour and it took a brave defensive block from Nemanja Vidic to prevent Ashley Williams getting on the end of Garry Monk's goalbound header. Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand blocked on-target efforts from Danny Graham and Williams as the hosts continued to push forward in search of a leveller. But having weathered that brief storm United took a stranglehold on possession, with Carrick's assuredness on the ball taking the sting out of Swansea's attacking ambitions. Rooney had a chance to cap a fine individual display late on but chipped over the bar after getting a lucky ricochet from a Williams block, before Phil Jones clipped the post and Nani fired wide as time ran out.

Form Guide

  • Swansea
  • VS
  • Man Utd

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 07/05/1983
  • Swansea
  • 0 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 18/12/1982
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 30/01/1982
  • Man Utd
  • 1 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 19/09/1981

Top Scorers


  • D Graham 4
  • J Allen 2
  • A Williams 1
  • L Lita 1
  • N Dyer 1

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 8
  • JB Hernandez 4
  • LC Nani 3
  • D Welbeck 3
  • A Young 2
  • OL Anderson 2
  • D Fletcher 1
  • J Park 1
  • C Smalling 1



    • Total goals 27
    • Goals per game 12
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 43
    • Goals per game 28
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins