Swansea vs. Manchester United: Score, Grades and Post Match Reaction

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 23:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United battles with Wayne Routledge of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Swansea and Manchester United played to a 1-1 draw inside Liberty Stadium in Wales on Sunday.

Each side netted a goal in the first half before going scoreless over the match's last hour. Patrice Evra opened up the scoring in the 16th minute after receiving a brilliant pass from Robin van Persie. But just a few minutes later, Michu nailed home a vital score to level the match at a goal apiece a half hour in.

The result brings an end to Swansea's two-match losing skid in the Premier League and ends United's five-match winning streak against Premier League competition.

The biggest takeaway from Sunday's match was the performance of the home squad, Swansea. Many on Twitter were surprised by how comfortably Michael Laudrup's unit possessed the ball and how smooth it was at times.

Habibullah Khan even compared Swansea to Barcelona during the first half:

Swansea are dancing all around Man U. Unbelievable. They've earned the tag of Swansealona.

— Habibullah Khan (@HabibUllahKhan) December 23, 2012

 

Others, like Christopher Wells enjoyed the back-and-forth action, especially during the first 45 minutes of play on Sunday:

Watching Swansea v Man U. Swansea playing really attractive football, enjoyable.

— Christopher Wells (@Wellsie63) December 23, 2012

 

As is always the case when a powerhouse club like United struggles against inferior opposition, many opt to bash the favorite as opposed to credit the underdog. But Henri Mepsted made sure to acknowledge how well Swansea played against the Premier League's best club:

Commentators saying Man U haven't played that well and rubbish, think they should be saying how well Swansea have played

— Henri Mepsted (@henrimeps) December 23, 2012

 

Michael Taylor summed up Sunday's result quite nicely on Twitter:

Quite an entertaining game! I think a draw was a fair result. Man U didn't do enough to win and Swansea defended very well.

— Michael Taylor (@Numb3r_47) December 23, 2012

 

Manchester United are now ahead of Manchester City by four points on the Premier League table, while Swansea are settled in at 11th on the table.

 

Grades

David De Gea, Manchester United: B

De Gea surrendered the first half goal to Michu, but aside from that one bad moment he rarely flinched on Sunday, recording eight saves in the surprising draw.

He may not get much praise from United fans this weekend because of the result, but nonetheless things may have been worse for Sir Alex Ferguson's side had someone else been present in goal.

 

Michu, Swansea City: A

Michu played an aggressive match for the hosts, and his 29th-minute goal was well deserved. Although it wasn't a spectacular goal, it was the product of his hard work up top for Swansea. 

Many, like Vuyo Mbuli were praising Michu for his performance against the Premier League's top dog on Sunday:

1 all between Swansea and Man U. I'm rooting for Swansea. Still can't believe that Michu cost 2 Million. He's had an amazing season.

— Vuyo Mbuli (@mbulivuyo) December 23, 2012

 

 

Robin van Persie, Manchester United: B

RVP played a vital role for the visiting side once again on Sunday, putting fear in the hearts of Swansea supporters and assisting on the match's first goal. Van Persie got some decent shots off but nothing major. 

 

Michael Vorm, Swansea City: B

Credit Michael Vorm for a strong performance in his return in goal for Swansea. Vorm played confident football going up against one of the best attacking clubs in the world in United. He came away with five big saves and was key in helping Swansea end its losing skid. 

 

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United: C

Rooney went off in the 78th minute after failing to leave a mark on Sunday's match. He got off eight shots, three of which fell on target. But in the end, when United needed Rooney to cash in on the road, he didn't deliver. 

Stars will always be held to a higher standard than the rest, and in this case Rooney's performance was just average by superstar standards.

 

Jonathan de Guzman, Swansea City: B

De Guzman was very productive for Swansea in his 70 minutes of action. The 25-year-old forward contributed to Michu's 29th minute goal and put pressure on David De Gea and United's back line all day long. 

He also drew several fouls on the attack and helped sway momentum in Swansea's favor.

 

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