Manchester United's Antonio Valencia celebrates with teammates Michael Carrick, left, and Patrice Evra after scoring against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Manchester United 2-0 Swansea: Red Devils revenge (video)

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Prior to losing the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final to Sunderland, Manchester United fell 2-1 to Swansea at Old Trafford, finding themselves knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle. But they got their revenge on Saturday, picking up all three points against the Swans. David Moyes will surely be sleeping better after this result.

The first half, it must be said, was a rather dull affair on both sides. Adnan Januzaj briefly livened things up with a lovely free kick in the 11th minute. Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel was well beaten, but the shot hit the post instead.

It took about 25 minutes for the hosts to really get into the match, but once they upped the pressure, Swansea were forced into mistakes, misplaying passes and losing possession. United sent the majority of their attacks up the left side, yet still couldn’t sink the ball in the back of the net. Their best chance came in the 37th minute – from the right, this time – when Rafael sent the ball toward the center of the area. Danny Welbeck was in perfect position 12 yards out, yet placed his shot wide.

The second half started off with a bang, as Manchester United made it clear Swansea weren’t about to beat them twice, on their own turf, in one week. Just two minutes had passed before the hosts took the lead. Januzaj, who after the break moved from a central location to playing out wide, put in a gorgeous cross for Shinji Kagawa. Tremmel managed to beat away the resulting header, but the ball fell perfectly to Antonio Valencia, who had no trouble finishing.

It was Januzaj, again, that created the second goal, winning the ball in midfield and providing another cross into the area. Patrice Evra took a shot, but the goal belonged to Welbeck, whose little sidefooted flick put it past Tremmel for United’s second. That’s Welbeck’s sixth goal in six Premier League matches.

United very nearly scored a third in the 76th minute. A fast break put Rafael and Kagawa clear on goal, with the Swansea defenders scrambling to get back. Kagawa wiggled his way behind Tremmel and it looked certain that the ball would be in the back of the net, but Leon Britton managed an incredible goalline clearance.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra (Büttner 79); Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Januzaj; Kagawa, Welbeck (Hernández 86)

Goals: Valencia 47′; Welbeck 59′

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Davies, Britton, Cañas (Chico 17), Shelvey (Álvaro 63), Pozuelo, Routledge, Bony

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)