Swansea 2-1 Manchester United (30.08.2015) Live Commentary

We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is uninspired and not hugely entertaining. There wasn’t any significant dominance on either side in this game. The home team tried to find weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks. On the other hand, long balls and crosses were the strongest weapons of the away team.
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) attempts to scoop the ball into the box through the defence, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Lukasz Fabianski, who smothers the ball.
Substitution. Jonjo Shelvey makes way for Kyle Bartley (Swansea).
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) sends a long ball in, but Lukasz Fabianski comfortably gathers the ball.
Flag goes up against Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) tries to take his opponent by surprise with a quick free kick.
Foul! Kyle Naughton (Swansea) is penalised for pulling back his opponent. Manchester United have a free kick.
Substitution. Bafetimbi Gomis is replaced by Eder (Swansea).
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) sees a yellow! His tackle was not that harsh, but he probably talked more than Martin Atkinson liked.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ander Herrera.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) climbs high to connect with a cross on the edge of the box, but his header is off-target.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but Lukasz Fabianski comes off his line to gather the ball.
Louis van Gaal prepares a substitution. Morgan Schneiderlin is replaced by Michael Carrick (Manchester United).
Mata comes off the pitch to be replaced by Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Neat passing move from Manchester United in order to create new attacking opportunities.
It’s in the back of the net! Superb finishing from Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea). Andre Ayew sends a fantastic through ball and finds Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea), who reacts quickly to get in front of the goalkpeeper, and he fires a close-range shot into the bottom right corner. 2:1.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) is the one who was caught offside.
It’s a weak and poor shot by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) as he flashes a first-time shot from the edge of the box. The ball flies well wide of the right post.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
A perfect lofted pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson finds Andre Ayew (Swansea), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header into the left side of the goal. His effort was both strong and precise, and Sergio Romero had no chance of stopping that. 1:1.
Mata (Manchester United) receives a pass inside the box, controls the ball and drills it towards the left post. Unfortunately for him, Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) makes a great save to stop his effort.
Wayne Routledge will be replaced by Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea).
Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and it is Memphis Depay (Manchester United) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) climbs high to connect with a cross on the edge of the box, but his header is off-target.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) delivers a fine ball into the box from a free kick. However, the opposition’s defence didn’t let any of his teammates to challenge the goalkeeper.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Swansea are awarded a free kick.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
It’s in the back of the net! Luke Shaw plays it into the box, and Mata (Manchester United) gets on the end of a cross to put it into the roof of the net. 0:1.
Sergio Romero reacts well to deny a long-range free kick from Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea). The effort goes to the left side of the goal and the goalkeeper is there to stop it.
Martin Atkinson couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) and blew the whistle. Swansea are given a free kick. Will they create a chance from this?
The players are back out on the pitch following the half-time break and the second half is about to start.
We are seeing rather average performance so far. The fans would surely appreciate more interesting moments. We can’t speak of any dominance on either side in this balanced first half. The home team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks unlike the players of the away team who present themselves with possession football.
The match has reached half-time.
Mata (Manchester United) passes the ball onto Ander Herrera (Manchester United), but one of the defenders dispossesses him.
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Martin Atkinson doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Martin Atkinson to the guilty Memphis Depay (Manchester United).
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) crosses the ball in from a free kick, but Sergio Romero (Manchester United) reads it well and gathers the ball.
That’s a free kick to Swansea.
Martin Atkinson shows a yellow card to Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) for his blatant foul.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) connects with a pass but sees a shot from the edge of the box blocked.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) collects a pass and has an effort from 23 metres out, but it flies just wide of the right post.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
Mata (Manchester United) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Martin Atkinson keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a shot towards the middle of the net, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) is alert and denies his effort.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders makes a timely clearance.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Off the post! Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) found his way through the defence amazingly, but lacked more precision in finishing. His effort from close range only bounced off the left post.
Sergio Romero had to pull off an exquisite save to thwart a knuckleball from Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), even though it went only to the middle of the target.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) makes space inside the box for a shot, but his effort goes just wide of the left post.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
Dangerous play by Chris Smalling (Manchester United). Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. Swansea have a free kick.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) shoots after receiving a good pass. His effort from the edge of the box goes just wide of the right post.
The percentage of ball possession is – 35:65.
CHANCE! Mata (Manchester United) fires just wide of the right post from inside the box after running onto a splendid pass from Ander Herrera (Manchester United).
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) received a clever long through ball and found himself in a promising position, but the defence is alert to danger.
Martin Atkinson blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) is said to have used excessive force while attacking.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) is about to take a corner kick.
Mata (Manchester United) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The ball goes out for a corner. Manchester United can continue in their attacking effort.
Good clearance! Ander Herrera (Manchester United) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. Swansea will take a throw-in.
A pass by Wayne Routledge (Swansea) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) quickly takes the free kick with a short pass.
Jack Cork (Swansea) commits a foul after bringing down his opponent with a slide tackle. There is a free kick near the sideline to Manchester United.
The ball is cleared after Mata (Manchester United) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Neil Taylor (Swansea) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety.
The Manchester United players are exchanging some short passes.
Ander Herrera races towards the box before laying off to Mata (Manchester United), who picks it up and from the edge of the box blazes his shot well over the bar.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) attempts to beat the goalkeeper with an accurate shot from the free kick, which is placed dangerously close to the penalty area. His effort is denied by Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), who pulls off a great save to stop the ball. His attempt was aimed towards the right side of the goal.
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Martin Atkinson is left with no other option than to blow for a foul. Manchester United have a free kick from a promising distance.
The first half has started.
The Manchester United players will kick-off.
Martin Atkinson will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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