Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United: Swans come back for first ever sweep of Red Devils


Ki Sung-yueng, Jonjo Shelvey and Bafetimbi Gomis combined to help Swansea City sweep Manchester United for the first time in history in a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The three points will feel like a theft to an in-control United team, but Swans will not be complaining at the result. United drops to fourth, a point behind Arsenal, while Swans sit ninth with 35 points.

Ander Herrera scored United’s lone goal in the 28th minute, but it all fell apart from there.

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An early corner found Swansea in a great position, with Bafetimbi Gomis’ strong header cleared off the line by Herrera.

Swans didn’t park the bus, but all tracked back in a hurry when United picked up the ball. On a 16th minute free kick, the area was as congested as you’d like, with all but one Swans player (Gomis) source: Getty Imagesdefending Angel Di Maria’s attempt.

Herrera then opened the scoring by capping off a neat bit of passing in the box.

The lead lasted mere moments, as Jonjo Shelvey sent a pretty cross into the box that Ki cheekily redirected past De Gea. It was 1-1.

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Louis van Gaal made a halftime adjustments, bringing on Antonio Valencia for Paddy McNair. Soon after, Luke Shaw gave way for Ashley Young.

And then along came Shelvey.

The enigmatic 22-year-old English midfielder picked up a ball from Ki outside the 18 and smashed a rising ball past De Gea. It took a slight turn off Gomis’ forehead.

Manchester United may’ve had close to 65 percent possession at that point and an 16-8 edge in shot attempts, but the Red Devils trailed by one.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Shelvey (Amat, 90+4′), Ki, Sigurdsson (Montero, 74′), Routledge, Gomis

Goal: Ki (30′), Gomis (73′)

Manchester United: De Gea, McNair (Valencia, 46′), Jones, Rojo, Shaw (Young, 58′), Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Di Maria (Mata, 79′), Rooney, van Persie

Goal: Herrera (28′)