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.