Manchester United’s penultimate league home game saw the visit of Swansea City, who had won on two out of their last three trips to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side that drew the Manchester Derby 0-0, with Englishmen Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney coming into the side. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all rested ahead of the Europa League semi final first leg v Celta Vigo. While Marouane Fellaini was suspended following his headbutt on Sergio Aguero in the derby.
But, after just seven minutes, Valencia was forced into action when Luke Shaw went off injured. With Mourinho thinking Shaw’s early exit must mean he has “a big injury”. Later on, the injury crisis got worse when Eric Bailly hobbled off, leaving United with no senior centre backs fit. Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind finished the match as CB’s.
Bailly had earlier almost gifted Swansea the lead, when his clearance deflected back off Gylfi Sigurdsson and went just wide. Jordan Ayew and Fernando Llorente also had shots saved by David De Gea in the first half.
But, it was United who took the lead, when Marcus Rashford won a controversial penalty at the feet of Lukasz Fabianski. Wayne Rooney stepped up, sending Fabianski the wrong way to make it 1-0 to the home side on the stroke of half time.
Captain Rooney then had a great chance to double the lead, but even with Fabianski unable to get across, he could only hit his own teammate Anthony Martial with his shot. The Polish international then reacted well to Martial’s deflected effort and then Valencia’s powerful across goal strike.
United then gave away what turned out to be a costly free kick, when Rooney fouled Ayew in the 79th minute. Free kick specialist Sigurdsson placed his effort past De Gea, into the top corner. The strike earned the Swans a vital away point in their fight for Premier League survival.
A tenth home Premier League draw for United does see their unbeaten run reach a club record 25 games. But 23 dropped home points may prove costly in the race for the top four.