Sunday, 5 January 2014

Manchester United vs Swansea - LIVE Coverage:

Interesting tie: United host Swansea at Old Trafford in the early evening game in the FA Cup.

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have more FA Cup 3rd Round action from EPL teams on a Sunday afternoon for all to enjoy. Today's featured game for me to cover is the match between Manchester United and Swansea at Old Trafford. 

Here are the results (including EPL teams only) from earlier matches being played today:

Nottingham Forest 5 West Ham 0 
Sunderland 3 Carlisle United 1
Derby County 0 Chelsea 2
Liverpool 2 Oldham Athletic 0

Here is the LIVE Coverage, enjoy:

17:42 - The second half has already begun at Old Trafford, where the scoreline is currently 1-1. Goals from winger Wayne Routledge and super sub Javier Hernandez in the first-half of action has made this game interesting, going into the last 45 minutes of play in the FA Cup this weekend. 

Opener: Routledge broke the deadlock with a delicate chip past Lindegaard in the 12th minute.

Swansea celebrate their goal while United walk back to the centre circle with disappointment.
That was quick: Hernandez slots past Tremmel into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1. 
60: 30 minutes left of play, with both sides looking desperate to score again to put intense pressure on the opposite side - Januzaj is recieving instructions from the United coaches as he prepares to come on for Manchester United. 

62: Manchester United SUB:
Antonio Valencia OFF
Adnan Januzaj ON

Fresh legs for United, as they look to Januzaj to provide more playmaking ability in the midfield which they have lacked in the first hour of the game. 

63: Swansea SUB:
Jonjo Shelvey OFF
Jose Canas ON

A case of fresh legs and a slightly more defensive approach for manager Michael Laudrup's side - Shelvey looks tired having worked hard in the hub of midfield and Canas can do a job for Swansea. They would probably take a draw and a replay at this stage. 

65: Manchester United are yet to really test second string goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel apart from the goal, he has not seen much of the ball and you feel that if they could get Januzaj and Welbeck on the ball more to test the goalkeeper then perhaps they could score again. 

70: 20 minutes left to play, and now suddenly the balance has changed again... United are struggling to find the final ball while Swansea are pressing well and keeping hold of possession.

71: United have a free-kick in a dangerous position after left-back Buttner goes to ground easily after a push by a Swansea defender near the touchline. Cleverley takes the set-piece but nothing comes of it and United are lucky to have a corner.

73: The corner comes of nothing, but United do well with a counter attacking one-touch move between Kagawa and Cleverley. 

74: Defender Rio Ferdinand goes to ground looking uncomfortable after a clash of knees with Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, looks sore as he clutches his knee.

75: United forced into a substitution, as Ferdinand cannot continue as a result;
Rio Ferdinand OFF (injury)
Fabio ON 

76: Looks like a precautionary measure as Ferdinand hobbles down the touchline with a member of the United physio staff.
The game restarts as the referee blows his whistle.

77: The game is halted once again as Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman accidentally puts his studs into left-back Alexander Buttner's arm.. Looks painful yet again.

79: Bony working hard for Swansea down the flank, but is unable to have a strike on goal after running 35 yards and being tackled by Buttner who literally runs as fast as he can from being treated on the wing with a last-ditch tackle.

80: RED CARD! Full-back Fabio slides in recklessly with a lunging two-footed challenge on midfielder Jose Canas, with a high and late tackle. Referee Mike Dean has no choice but to send the substitute off, with United now looking vulnerable with 10 minutes plus stoppages to play. 

82: Canas is on the touchline clutching his ankle in pain, with the physio giving him treatment - while defender Chico Flores is given a yellow card for a silly trip on Hernandez.

85: Swansea SUB:
Jonathan de Guzman OFF
Alvaro Vasquez ON 

88: Swansea going all out for a late winner at Old Trafford, with the game now going end-to-end, both sides having chances. 

89: GOAL! It was coming..... Swansea go on the counter attack yet again, this time winger Wayne Routledge goes down the wing before beating his marker with electric pace and crosses the ball into the box for striker Wilfried Bony to head past a helpless Lindegaard who can only dive and watch as the strike flies past him into the top corner of the net. 

History in the making: Wilfried Bony heads Swansea into the lead with minutes remaining at OT

Clinical: Bony celebrates his 13th goal in all competitions this season to give Swansea the lead.
90: The fourth official signals for 4 minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the match at Old Trafford, United desperate for a late equaliser now, trailing with minutes to go. 

90+3: Bony and Vasquez have strikes towards goal, but both efforts are off target and United players' tempers are certainly flaring now - they are getting easily frustrated and are wishing for more time as they can see the inevitable.

90+4: The referee blows his whistle for full-time at Old Trafford. United lose their second consecutive home game in less than a week (against Tottenham and now Swansea), for the second time this season (against Newcastle and Everton) while Swansea progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after playing a good game of football away from home against the defending champions. 

FACT: This is the first time that Swansea have beaten United away at Old Trafford.

FACT: This is also the first time that Manchester United have not progressed past the 3rd Round of the FA Cup since 2010, when they lost to underdogs Leeds.

And here is the official FA Cup draw for the 4th Round Fixtures, to be played on the weekend of the 25/26th January:

Sunderland vs Kidderminster/Peterborough
Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City
Southampton vs Yeovil 
Southend vs Hull
Arsenal vs Coventry
Stevenage vs Everton
Wigan/MK Dons vs Crystal Palace
Chelsea vs Stoke City
Blackburn/Manchester City vs Bristol City/Watford
Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Birmingham/Bristol Rovers/Crawley vs Swansea City
Sheffield United vs Norwich/Fulham

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