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FT: Man Utd 2 Swansea 0 So United matched City’s result, both Manchester clubs winning 2-0. For a while in the first half, there was a suggestion that United might pile it on against Swansea, but they eventually had to settle for two, the Welsh side sticking to their work in defence. Man United never quite had their A-game going, although Young and Valencia were both dangerous for the home side. The result means that we go into the final game of the season with Man United and Man City both on 86 points, but with Mancini’s men having a goal difference of 63 versus United’s 55.

So… can QPR deny City? And can United beat Sunderland? All will be revealed next Sunday. Thanks a lot for following this one with us, and for all your emails. Goodnight.

90+ mins: United still pushing, Rafael delivers a good cross in. Vorm palms it away and that’s the end of the match.

90 mins: Three minutes of injury time. Evra tries an effort. Swansea have been good in the second half.

89 mins: Alan Tate, who was a United trainee, comes on for the last minute or two. He replaces Steven Caulker. Nice touch from the manager there.

E-mail A Morris writes: “You keep on about QPR beating City, do you think Sunderland are going to roll over against united?” Dunno mate. This Connor bloke does though.

87 mins: Smalling also looks a bit broke. United weigh up which one to take off. Rio off, Rafael on.

E-mail “Don’t worry United fans, Sunderland will do what they have been taught; roll over for United to tickle their underside. You need 6 hey take seven,” says Connor. Surely not?

86 mins: Rio looks like he has done himself a mischief.

85 mins: Rare run from Rio, one-two with Berba but he can’t get on the end of it.

84 mins: Erm, sorry not really sure what to tell you. United passing it around, Swansea organised and compact. Lovely weather there. Looks a bit like a friendly at the moment.

82 mins: United still plugging away but to little effect.

81 mins: A corner finds its way to Hernandez. He spins and fires over.

80 mins: Swansea still defending gamely, they’re certainly doing themselves proud even though they have nothing to play for.

78 mins: Been a bit quiet the last few minutes, United look a bit like they’ve run their race to me. Maybe Berba can magick something up. But United’s chances were mostly all in the first 30 mins after HT

77 mins: Yay! Here comes Dimi Berbatov. he’s replacing Wayne Rooney in what perhaps will be his last game for United.

75 mins: United keep piling it on, and there might be chances for Swansea on the break. Williams crosses for the visitors and it’s deflected for a corner.

73 mins: Great football from United, Carrick slips it to Rooney who has a chance one-on-one with Vorm… but he stabs it wide! Oh Wayne. Dear me.

71 mins: Luke Moore is on for Nathan Dyer, who has had a good game. Rooney blown up again for a foul on the keeper. Signs of frustration now from the United manchild.

70 mins: Lunging to get the ball in the Swansea area, Wayne Rooney upends a Swansea player, Britton I think but it happened like a flash, and gets his maiden yellow card of the League season!

69 mins: Swansea win a freekick down the left, and Siggy hits a real nice left footed curling dipper. De Gea just about turns it away. Really good freekick.

67 mins: Tom Cleverley comes on in favour of Paul Scholes.


65 mins: Jones forces Taylor to concede a corner. Young whips it in from the right. Cleared.

64 mins: Rooney, who hasn’t been quite at his best, skips past his man and strides into the area… but just as he is about to cross, he slips.

62 mins: This Sigurdsson is a proper player. Lovely vision and a chipped little sandwedge of a pass to frees Nathan Dyer, who has a big chance in the inside-left channel. He wants to turn back inside onto his right, sadly… and is closed down. Should have gone outside and smashed it left peg.

61 mins: Danny Graham robs Smalling, and he’s clean through! Oh, he fouled the United defender.

60 mins: Cross from the left wing finds its way all the way over to Valencia on the right, whose shot is blocked.

59 mins: Allen has a shot that ends up being a great through ball to Graham, who sticks out a leg. Good reflex save from De Gea, but Sinclair nearly bundles in the follow-up.

57 mins: Here comes Jones with a charging run, the gap opens up for him and he slips it to Hernandez… should have gone himself. Now the ball delivered in from the right and Hernandez heads over. Good chance. An in-form Chicharito would have nailed that.

54 mins: Rooney clatters Britton and I think he’s a bit lucky not to get his first Premier League booking of the season.

53 mins: Solo run and shot from Young leads to a corner when his shot hits a Swansea defender and goes wide. Another corner now. Rooney overhits this one. Eventually the ball finds him on the right, and he now overhits a cross. Couple of poor bits of play from Wazza there.

Arun writes: “As a die-hard United fan, it’s time for some humble pie. Fair play to City, deserved winners* (I’ll never give up on United). But isn’t this what football/life is all about? What is the point if it is easy? The way Scholes celebrated his latest goal shows me how much it hurts. It is that pain that drives success. It is that pain that makes me believe the Red Army will come back again. Down and Out? Not a bit of it. They are Never out.”

52 mins: Heroic stuff from Nathan Dyer! United break, this looks really dangerous. Valencia slips it, Rooney squares for the unmarked Young at the back stick. It would have been a simple tap-in, but for Dyer busting a gut to run back and just throw himself in the way.

51 mins: Lovely long pass from Allen, nicely conrolled by Dyer. It’s slipped to Sigurdsson, who lashes a dipping shot that bounces just in front of De Gea. He scrambles it behind.

50 mins: The impressive Sigurdsson harrases Scholes and United have to play it back.

49 mins: Flat atmosphere inside the ground.

48 mins: Here’s Valencia down the right, and he slips it to Phil Jones who has time to measure a cross… and hoof it into the stands. Grrr.

46 mins: Rooney tantrum. Swansea win a freekick. Carrick and Scholes seeing plenty of the ball.

HALF TIME Man Utd 2 Swansea 0 Slightly strange first half, United well on top without looking brilliant or even that up for it, at least until they got the first. Two neat finishes from, Young and Scholes It has the feeling of a match that could finish 6-0 without much incident, if you know what I mean. Back in a second to see how it pans out…

45 mins: Ashley Williams just cuts out a Valencia cross after good work from Phil Jones. Corner. Smalling goes really close with a header.

43 mins: Still all United, apart from a hopeful long-range effort from Sigurdsson that De Gea gathers without worry.

Goal GOAL! 41 mins: Bit too much of a good thing from Swansea as they look to play their way out of trouble. Joe Allen’s soft clearance is intercepted, and Scholes tees up Rooney. Wazza’s control deserts him, and it looks like the chance has gone… but it breaks to Ashley Young, who sidefoots home with great care from the edge of the box. That’s two. Man Utd 2 Swansea 0 (Young 41)

40 mins: It’s all United a the moment as they press for a second before half-time. Swans looking stretched.

39 mins: Gallumphing run from Jones and a hard shot, but straight at the keeper.

E-mail Paul says: “Amazing the difference a day makes Alan. Down in the dumps seeing a blue team win yesterday and over the moon seeing Yaya bag a brace today. Does this spell the end for Fergie we wonder? YNWA.” Yes. They’ll definitely have to sack him now.

37 mins: Here comes Sinclair down the left and he slips it to the over-lapping fullback Taylor. Nice! But sadly he gets his feet in a mess and the move breaks down.

36 mins: Valencia, who has done what has been asked of him very well so far, crosses. Swansea clear.

E-mail Damian Durrant: “Ok game on — so Man U need nine goals in 60 minutes that’s about one every 7 minutes. Oddly doesn’t sound impossible, if unlikely.”

34 mins: Rooney and Hernandez break, but they don’t seem quite on the same wavelength for me. Hernandez tries to make a drawing run but actually that just lures more defenders in between Wayne and the goal. The England man fires over.

E-mail Paul Kerton writes: “I think Fergie and his team know the game is up this season. Look, they have done well to say they have been very mediocre and have ground out results, but Man City have been by far the better team. (Chelsea Fan – Wish we had started the year with Di Matteo instead of VB).”

32 mins: Young crosses the ball in, Scholes flicks on, and Hernandez heads over. Hard chance, it came at the Mexican forward very quickly.

31 mins: Young goes down under a challenge from Rangel in the area, looking for it. United have to settled for a corner.

E-mail Bruce Christie: “Obviously this ref is getting ready to award United a penalty or two. Young has clearly got better at diving but a worse foul on Swansea plater at the edge of Utd penalty was ignored. He is SAF’s favourite ref. Too bad for Swansea to meet United at Old Trafford when United MUST win. Thry will not get anyhting given in their favour unless it is blatant.”

28 mins: Hernandez nearly adds a second just a minute later.

Goal GOAL! 27 mins: Valencia crosses the ball to Carrick, who is unmarked in the box. He drills the shot low and Scholes, similarly unimpeded by Swansea attention, turns the ball in with a minimum of fuss. He barely celebrates… That’s as low key a goal as I have ever seen at OT. Man United 1 Swansea 0 (Scholes 27)

E-mail Ronnie says: “As it stands don’t think there is a way back for united, fergie made a bad selection choice monday past.” But Danielle reckons: “This is what united do best …… Pull it out of the bag right at the end!”

26 mins: Scholes picks it up from deep, the ball is fed out to Valencia…

25 mins: Oddly flat game so far. Well perhaps not “oddly”, given the City score.

23 mins: Nice football from Swansea as Sigurdsson slips it through to Graham. He has no time for anything bar the first-time shot, but he doesn’t catch it right.

E-mail Paarvv Goel: “I am personally a Man. United fan and I think Man. United can still win it, everyone is just doubting QPR of what they can do. If they have a positive approach to their next match, I think United can win the title.”

E-mail Dhanaram says: “This season City is the better team than Utd, they stayed at top of the table for most part of the season and are deserved to life the trophy. Dropping points to Bolton & City cost Utd the title. SAF will come harder next season.”

21 mins: Evra does really well to keep his shot down when it breaks to him on the edge of the box. Vorm palms it out – that came through a crowd. Rooney’s follow up is turned behind and there’s another corner, but Rooney fouls a defender, can’t see who.

20 mins: Evra’s getting forward to join the attack, Swansea defending deep. United win a freekick on the left, a few yards outside the box. Young swings it in, and the ball is headed behind for a corner.

19 mins: Ash Young goes down, and there’s a Boy Who Cried Wolf jeer from the Swansea fans. This one probably was a foul. Anyhow, it was in the centre circle so hardly life-changing.

17 mins: Swansea look composed, United a bit flat. They need something to get them going. Start an argument, get a late tackle in, get the players and the crowd fired up. Or, you know, some football. Whatever, I’m not picky.

16 mins: A long ball from Swansea, Evra makes a mess of his header and that very nearly falls to Nathan Dyer. now United break! Danger… but Ashely Young gives the ball away.

15 mins: Um. Some passing. A long range effort from Carrick that Vorm gathers easily.

12 mins: All quite pretty and correct so far but without a lot of thrills and spills or chances. But here comes Rooney, with Hernandez ahead of him in the area. Rooney wallops the pass at him and the Mexican cannot control. Cheers Wayne! A resulting corner comes to nought.

11 mins: Young gets a cross in, but Swansea are well organised and in a good shape to defend that.

E-mailJulian Rowa says: “I am a man united fan and I am sad to say that I strongly believe the title is gone. But again you never know, anything can happen in the game of football.”

9 mins: We have our first shot of the afternoon. Swansea build patiently, eventually it comes to Nathan Dyer who slips inside a fires a shot over the bar from the inside right position.

E-mailKaamil breaks it down for us: “It’s not too late for man united, if they score a high amount of goals it will be possible to win the title as the number of points are the same.”

7 mins: Swansea seeing more of the ball these last couple of minutes, playing it out from the back.

5 mins: Quiet couple of minutes. Ashley Young is prominent but United’s passing is a shade off so far.

3 mins: Lively break from Young down the left. Now the ball is out on the right wing and Phil Jones has a chance to cross. Poor effort. 13 clean sheets for Swansea so far this term, not half a bad effort for a newly-promoted team.

2 mins: Scholes robbed by Sigurdson but Rio is on hand to clear up.

1 mins: United give up possession fairly cheaply, but Swansea canont get an attack going. Some big tackles going in early on. Brendan Rogers has said that his team can and will play with a sense of freedom, their PL status secure.

15.59 United kick off.
Team News
Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck have both been ruled out of Manchester United’s final home game against Swansea on Sunday.

Evans missed Monday’s Manchester derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium after picking up a knock the previous week against Everton, while Welbeck suffered an ankle injury in a tackle with Nigel de Jong.

Anders Lindegaard (ankle) is available for the first time since January as United look to improve their severely-damaged title hopes.

Leon Britton is a doubt for Swansea’s trip to Manchester United but Angel Rangel is set to return from a hamstring injury at Old Trafford.

Midfielder Britton is suffering with a knee problem, while full-back Rangel has overcome the injury he picked up slipping on the stairs at home while carrying his 18-month old son.

The problem kept the Spaniard out of last weekend’s 4-4 draw with Wolves, but with Alan Tate also available, manager Brendan Rodgers is set to return to his favoured 4-3-3 formation.

Kemy Agustien (ankle), Ferrie Bodde (knee) and Andrea Orlandi (calf) are all absent for the Swans.

Match Notes
Odly enough, this could yet prove to be the game which moves United to within touching distance of the title if Manchester City lose at Newcastle in Sunday’s early kick-off, yet conversely, it could also be the day when the balance of Mancunian power swings firmly from red to blue.

The mood music of this game depends entirely on what happens on Tyneside, but if City fail to win, or even lose, expect Old Trafford to be bouncing in expectation.

After United’s dismal display while losing to City on Monday, though, Swansea will not fear the hosts.

Betting: Home 1-5, Away 12-1, Draw 11-2.

Stat of the game: Wayne Rooney, who has 26 goals, needs one more to claim his best return in the Premier League.

Mark Ogden’s prediction: Manchester United 2 Swansea City 1.