Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City: Rooney’s stunner wins it

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  • Rooney scores superb winner
  • Sigurdsson had equalizes
  • United’s first win in nine

Manchester United beat Swansea City 2-1 on Saturday at Old Trafford as Louis Van Gaal‘s recorded their first win in nine games.

Anthony Martial and Gylfi Sigurdsson traded headers before Wayne Rooney delivered a moment of magic to win the game and ease the pressure on the Red Devils.

With the win — their first since Nov. 21 — United move up to fifth on 33 points and Swansea remain managerless and just two points out of the drop zone.

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Ander Herrera burst into the box inside the first 30 second but his shot was blocked as United came flying out of the traps.

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United had another chance as a cross from the right found Rooney at the back post but the skipper sent his show into the side-netting.

Before half time Swansea began to build momentum and Wayne Routledge‘s snapshot forced David De Gea into a smart save, then Juan Mata twice forced Lukasz Fabianski into a low save.

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At the start of the second half United again started brightly with Rooney having a shot deflected just over by Ashley Williams.

Moments later United were ahead as a cross from Ashley Young found Martial and the French youngster headed home as the ball skipped off the surface and into the net. 1-0 to United as a collective sigh of relief rang out around Old Trafford.

Sigurdsson had a shot deflected towards goal which looked to be looping over De Gea but the Spaniard claimed well as Swansea

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Swansea then went close to equalizing as Ayew’s header struck the post and despite Angel Rangel going down in the box with the follow-up, the Spanish full back was booked for diving.

The Swans did grab their equalizer with 20 minutes to go as Modou Barrow clipped in an inviting cross and Sigurdsson sent a deft header into the far corner. 1-1 and the moans and groans grew louder from the home fans at Old Trafford.

However, they were celebrating 10 minutes from time as Martial’s cross found Rooney and he delivered a moment of sheer magic with a clever back heel to get the Red Devils back to winning ways.

There was still time for Williams’ drive to be saved by De Gea and Swansea’s goalkeeper Fabianski headed just wide as he came up for a corner which turned out to be the last effort of the game. Fans of United, you can relax a little now.