Premier League
31 March 2018
Game week
2 - 0
2 - 0
Old Trafford (Manchester)


R. Lukaku (G) 5' (assist by: A. Sánchez)
1 - 0
A. Sánchez (G) 20'
2 - 0


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Romelu Lukaku's 100th Premier League goal opened the scoring inside of five minutes and Manchester United never looked back, Alexis Sanchez adding a second soon after as they cruise to three points to reclaim second place in the Premier League, with Swansea dragged back into the relegation scrap.
90'+1 A late cameo for Scott McTominay as he replaces Juan Mata.
90' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this match.
88' Both sides have closed up shop here, with the match being played at a near stand-still as we enter the final couple minutes. It's unlikely we will see too much time added on here, despite the Clucas injury, with both clubs looking eager to get this one over with.
84' Crucial matches await these two sides next weekend. Swansea will travel to bottom-club West Brom in what will be a must-win for both sides, while Manchester United visit their rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City.
82' Stranger things have happened, but it's safe to say United are going to get the three points they need here to reclaim second place. Swansea have responded well in this second half, but their efforts are going to fall short.
80' GREAT STOP FROM FABIANSKI! Pogba picks out a terrific ball for Lukaku, who brings it down at the far post and has only the keeper to beat, but Fabianski spreads himself big to make an absolutely terrific stop to deny the United striker from scoring his 101st Premier League goal!
78' United continue to see this out in a very professional manner, playing keep-away from the visitors. This has been a thoroughly dominant showing, even if they have taken their foot off the accelerator since the interval.
76' Ander Herrera is also on, at the expense of Jesse Lingard.
75' Two changes here for United, the first of which sees Alexis Sanchez replaced by Marcus Rashford.
72' Routledge is picked out in space in the area, with a clear sight at goal. He lashes an effort towards the far post that a sprawling De Gea not only saves, but holds on to as well. The offside flag is raised, so it wouldn't have counted anyways, but that's excellent from the United keeper.
70' Lindelof makes another smart pair of defensive contributions here, cutting out a cross before putting a block in. He's had a terrific day at the back, in the side today after Bailly started their last Premier League match against Liverpool.
68' This is a typical showing from Mourinho's United as they play with the lead, showing few signs of intent in attack, instead keen to run the clock down and control the match. Swansea's defence has shown vulnerabilities, but they haven't been asked much since the break.
66' Too much time is elapsing between Swansea attacks. That's not going to be enough to get them back into this match. United are controlling possession, doing well to suck the tempo out of the match.
62' Well just, maybe just, there is still a way back into this game for Swansea. That was certainly a warning issued to United - this game isn't put to bed just yet. Swansea need to build off that now.
60' TWO TERRIFIC SAVES! Finally Swansea have a shot on target, coming on the end of their best move of the day! De Gea reacts brilliantly to deny Abraham on the end of a sharp turn from 10 yards, and then denies the striker's first-time effort moments later on the end of a smart cross in from the left!
58' CLOSE! United go in search of the third that would put this game to bed. Pogba clips a delicious ball in for Mata, whose run isn't tracked, but the Spaniard's volley lifts inches over the bar from five yards! How was he allowed that much space in close?!
56' Wayne Routledge is the man on to replace Clucas. Swansea are now out of substitutions.
52' Clucas is down again - he suffered an injury in the first half if you remember. This time the prognosis doesn't look good. He receives some attention before being accompanied straight down the tunnel by a trainer. Swansea will continue a man down here until they get a final substitute ready.
50' Swansea have started this half a bit better, packing more of a punch in possession as they start to show some intensity, though they're still generating precious little in attack. Creativity has been in shockingly short supply.
48' It's looking more like a 5-2-3 for Swansea now, though that will likely become more of a 3-4-3 as they send the full-backs forward in search of a way back into the match.
46' The second half is underway!
Tom Carroll is also brought on, at the expense of Sung-Yeung Ki.
Tammy Abraham is on at the break for Swansea, one of two changes, replacing Dyer.
Romelu Lukaku's 100th Premier League goal opened the scoring for Manchester United inside of five minutes, before Alexis Sanchez's second with the club doubled their lead after just 20 minutes, as they're cruising to three points. It's more than a deserved lead for Jose Mourinho's side, who have had a real easy go at things through 45 minutes.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
43' Swansea have been limited to hopeful crosses in this first half, as that's been the bulk of their attacking contributions in this match. That's quite the strange tactic as well, considering the height advantage the United defence holds over the Swans' two attackers.
41' OFFSIDE! Sanchez has been terrific in this first half - as have a lot of his team-mates. He clips in a terrific ball through for Lukaku and the striker plays it across first-time for Lingard who finishes it off, but the striker was offside there in the build-up.
39' The tempo has fizzled out a bit as we approach the interval. It's been as routine as Jose Mourinho could have hoped for in this first half, as they appear well on course to reclaim second place after Liverpool had temporarily moved ahead of them following their win over Crystal Palace earlier today.
35' Right now Swansea need to worry about seeing out these next 10 minutes without conceding again, but they're going to have to make some changes at the break. They desperately need more of an attacking presence, and could turn to the pace of Wayne Routledge or Luciano Narsingh on the flanks to help provide that spark.
33' Pogba the latest to win the hosts a free-kick, this in a threatening position just under 30 yards from goal. Everyone is back for Swansea as Young clips a cross in to the far post for Lukaku, but his pull-back at the byline is cleared by the visitors.
31' Back foot to front in a flash for United as Lingard leads the charge in attack and comes close to a third for the hosts, offloading an effort inches wide of the far post from 20 yards!
30' Good pace and strength from Lindelof in defence, as he stays with a ball over the top and gets on the end of it ahead of Dyer, before winning a free-kick as any threat on his goal is averted. Nothing has gone wrong for United thus far.
28' Van der Hoorn is having a forgettable afternoon here. His mistake resulted in the second goal, he was a bystander for United's first, and he's beaten again here, forced to concede a free-kick. Luckily for him, his team-mates are able to see away Mata's subsequent delivery.
24' When Swansea do pick up possession, there are so few options for them to pass out from the back. They've been unable to match United's work rate and intensity, and that's a big part of the reason why they find themselves in a huge hole through just 25 minutes.
22' Well United certainly appear to be in the mood here! They're forward again as they win the first corner of the match. Swansea deal with the delivery, but possession is handed straight back to the hosts. This is men against boys at the moment.
20' TWO TO THE GOOD! How badly did he need that?! Just a second Manchester United goal for Alexis Sanchez, and a first in seven matches, as he gets on the end of Lingard's deflected pass and does brilliantly to pick out the bottom corner from 20 yards!
19' Finally a bit of possession here for the visitors coming in attack, but it all fizzles out as soon as they get into the final third. A pass is cut out and United try to break quickly, with Van der Hoorn forward in attack, but Mata is flagged for offside.
15' Possession firmly with United as they patiently pass it around near the halfway line. Still a ton of time to play, of course, but this is looking like a walk in the park for the hosts. Swansea have hardly had a touch in the attacking half thus far.
13' Play comes to a halt with Clucas down injured for the visitors. This has been a nightmare start for the Swans, and Carvalhal will have to be wondering what else could possibly go wrong here...
11' BIG CHANCE! Swansea far to static in defence as Sanchez plays Lukaku in again, but this time Fabianski is up to the task, diving out to his right in a flash to see it away!
9' Conceding early like that is the last thing Swansea needed. They will be forced to take more chances going forward, unable to park the bus and force United to break them down. They're going to be dragged right back into the relegation battle with a defeat today.
5' Smart pass there from Sanchez on the end of an even better run, as he provides the assist.
THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG! Lingard plays in Sanchez, who pulls it back for Lukaku, and the striker's effort finds its way into the top corner with the aid of a slight deflection, and Manchester United have the early lead! That's a blow to Swansea, who will be forced to open up a bit so early on.
3' Swansea set-up nicely early on here, answering Manchester United's early possession with a bit of their own, as they keep the hosts to the periphery. This is a desperate Swansea side who have been in excellent form of late, so this will be harder on United today than it may appear on paper.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Manchester United in red as they get the match underway, with Swansea in white.
Carlos Carvalhal makes just one change from their last Premier League match. Jordan Ayew misses out through suspension, meaning his brother Andre Ayew will be partnered up top by Nathan Dyer this afternoon.
Jose Mourinho makes three changes from their last Premier League match three weeks ago against Liverpool. Paul Pogba is restored in midfield at the expense of Scott McTominay, while Victor Lindelof and Jesse Lingard get the nod ahead of Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford.
SUBS: Abraham, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Carroll, Routledge, Bartley, Roberts.
SWANSEA (5-3-2): Fabianski; Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; King, Ki, Clucas; Dyer, A. Ayew.
SUBS: Bailly, Martial, Rashford, Herrera, Shaw, McTominay, Pereira.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lingard, Sanchez; Lukaku.
Despite their surge in form, Carlos Carvalhal's side remain just three points up on the drop. They still face each of the bottom-three clubs, all of which will be vital considering the difficulty of their other five remaining fixtures (at United, Everton, at Man City, Chelsea, at Bournemouth).
Swansea finally have some breathing room between them and the relegation zone thanks to an impressive eight-match run in which they suffered just one defeat – but they can ill-afford to take their foot off the gas.
Jose Mourinho’s side will still surely like to secure second as a consolation prize, but next weekend’s trip to Manchester City could slow their charge, making it that much more important for them to claim all three points with the Swans in town today.
Manchester United’s title-hopes are done, they are out of the Champions League and a top-four finish is close to being locked up – that leaves the FA Cup as the only real excitement for Jose Mourinho’s side over the final two months.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this Premier League match as Manchester United welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford!


David de Gea
Ł. Fabiański
V. Lindelöf
Ki Sung-Yeung
M. van der Hoorn
P. Pogba
A. Mawson
A. Sánchez
R. Lukaku
C. Smalling
N. Dyer
J. Lingard
Martin Olsson
S. Clucas
A. Young
A. Ayew
A. King
A. Valencia
K. Naughton
N. Matić
F. Fernández

Additional info

R. Madley
M. Perry
Fourth official
A. Taylor


Match Stats

Manchester United Swansea City
31 Attacks (Dangerous) 17
3 Corners 3
5 Fouls 13
14 Free Kicks 10
6 Goal Kicks 9
5 Offsides 1
2 Shots (blocked) 1
4 Shots (off target) 0
3 Shots (on target) 2
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
15 Throw Ins 21

Regular Season

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