Manchester United 1-2 Swansea (16.08.2014) Live Commentary

We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many stirring situations. There is a space for improvement in other games. The host team were superior on the pitch today. Players of the home team presented themselves with possession football, while the away team tried to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks.
Michael Dean is looking at his watch and ends this match right now.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) got to the ball inside the six-yard box all of a sudden and slammed it towards the goal, but unfortunately hits one of his teammates instead of scoring.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
The game is interrupted now, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it, and thus his effort was in vain.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is in a clear offside position and the referee blows his whistle after the linesman raises his flag.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is adjudged offside.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) picked up a yellow card from referee.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) wastes a promising opportunity as he produces a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) stops the ball, which would have ended up inside the bottom left corner, with a brilliant save.
Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) is shown a yellow card for a late challenge.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Michael Dean to the guilty Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea).
The free kick is taken by Ashley Young (Manchester United), but the delivery is cleared.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) commits a rough foul. Michael Dean stops the game and makes a call. Manchester United earn a free kick.
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) fails to deliver a decent cross from a long-range free kick. The opposition’s defence intercepts the effort. Corner kick. Manchester United will have an opportunity.
It looks like Wayne Routledge (Swansea) was seeing red according to his tackle. Michael Dean won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. A free kick to Manchester United.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) shoots from outside the box, but his effort is blocked.
Here’s the change. Wilfried Bony left the pitch, and Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) came on as a substitute.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) comes up with a challenge to deprive his opponent of the ball. However, the referee calls for a foul and blows his whistle. He’s not happy with the decision.
Goal! After receiving a sweet pass, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) unleashes a quick low drive into the middle of the net and past the goalkeeper. Here is an example of luck being on your side.
Wilfried Bony (Swansea) tackles a bit over-zealously. Michael Dean blows for a foul.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) makes a rough challenge, and the referee blows for a foul.
Louis van Gaal prepares a substitution. Ander Herrera is replaced by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).
That will be all from Nathan Dyer who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Jefferson Montero (Swansea).
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes a mid-range free kick and his beautiful strike only rattles the right post.
Jordi Amat (Swansea) trips an opposition player, and Michael Dean signals a foul. Manchester United earn a free kick which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
Manchester United hold possession of the ball and display neat passing move from player to player. They are waiting for the right moment to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
A lofted cross from Nani (Manchester United) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent.
Michael Dean shows a yellow card to Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard.
Manager makes a subsitution with Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea) coming on for Neil Taylor.
What a hit! Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) shows good composure inside the box to fire a first-time shot that goes inside the left post. 1:1.
Mata (Manchester United) is about to take a corner kick.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) is picked up by one of his teammates with a brilliant low pass, but he doesn’t receive the ball well. The defence eliminates the danger without any problem. He could have found himself in a good chance to score. Manchester United will take a corner kick.
The goalkeeper pulls off a save to deny Wilfried Bony (Swansea), whose effort is aimed only to the middle of the goal.
The free kick is delivered by Mata (Manchester United) but it is not one of his best and easily cleared.
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Neil Taylor (Swansea) was quite harsh and Michael Dean didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card. A free kick to Manchester United.
Half-time substituon. Chicharito will not participate anymore and Nani (Manchester United) is coming on.
The second half has just started.
Not a lot happening in the first half, it hasn’t been the best game so far in terms of quality. The home side is dominant and dictates the tempo of the game, mainly because of their higher activity and more accurate passing. Players of the home team present themselves with possession football, while the away team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks.
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Michael Dean could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul.
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
The referee blows his whistle, a clear handball by Ashley Young (Manchester United). Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) quickly takes the free kick with a short pass.
Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) pulls the trigger and strikes the ball towards goal from long-range, but his effort is blocked by one of the defenders.
Mata (Manchester United) takes the resulting free kick from outside the box. He sends a nice cross into the box, but his intention is well anticipated by the goalkeeper who comes out to collect the ball.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) makes a rough challenge and Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul. Manchester United win a free kick.
Mata (Manchester United) whips in a cross from the corner, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) is well prepared and punches the ball away.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) received a clever through ball which could have put him in a promising position, but the defence was alert to the danger. The ball is out of play. Manchester United manage to earn a corner.
Chicharito (Manchester United) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Mata (Manchester United) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Michael Dean, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. There is a free kick given to Manchester United.
The resulting corner from Mata (Manchester United) is unsuccessful.
Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) latches on to a brilliant through ball, he gets in a promising position, but one of the defenders is alert to danger and dispossess him. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester United are awarded a corner kick.
Clear holding by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United). The referee made a good decision and a free kick for a foul is given.
Dangerous play by Chicharito (Manchester United). Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul.
Goal! Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) shows perfect technique and produces a first-time effort from just outside the box that goes into the bottom right corner. It’s 0:1.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) latches on to an accurate cross on the edge of the penalty box and sends the ball straight in the middle with a precise header. No problem for the keeper as he punched the ball away.
Mata (Manchester United) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Michael Dean shows the yellow card to Nathan Dyer (Swansea) for a heavy challenge. A free kick is given to Manchester United.
Mata (Manchester United) releases a promising shot from the free kick on the edge of the box. His effort towards the middle of the goal is comfortably saved by Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea).
Jesse Lingard is not able to continue due to his injury and will be replaced by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).
Mata (Manchester United) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
Michael Dean interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea). Manchester United have a free kick.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
Looks like Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) blasts the ball from just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by the defender.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
Michael Dean blows the whistle. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. That’s a free kick to Swansea.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) aims his shot to the middle of the goal. That is an easy job for the goalkeeper, it will take more than that to test him.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels towards the bottom left corner, but David de Gea comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
Referee Michael Dean sees tripping by Wilfried Bony (Swansea) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) searched for the head of a teammate in the box but in vain. He misplaced his cross, and it didn’t find its target.
A long ball forward to Wayne Routledge (Swansea) is intercepted.
Clumsy challenge by Neil Taylor (Swansea). The referee blows his whistle, and a free kick is awarded. Phil Jones (Manchester United) takes the free kick and immediately restarts play with a short pass.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Michael Dean has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
The first half has started.
Let us introduce today’s referee to you, and it is Michael Dean.
We now know the starting lineups. You can find them in the details of this match.
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