19/11/2011 17:30 v Man Utd
Swansea’s unbeaten home record finally came to an end after succumbing to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at the Liberty.
Javier Hernandez’s strike from close range in just the 11th minute proved to be the difference between the sides, as the Swans were defeated for the first time in four matches.
Despite the opposition, Brendan Rodgers’ men settled into their traditional free-flowing style of play as they looked to make it four straight home victories.
However, they were ruthlessly punished after 11 minutes when Angel Rangel’s loose pass was pounced upon by Ryan Giggs, whose cross was tucked away by Hernandez for his fifth goal of the season.
United continued to control proceedings throughout the first half but Swansea still looked dangerous and should have equalised at the midway point.
Wayne Routledge’s pace caused problems down the wing and his inch-perfect cross found Scott Sinclair, but he failed to hit the target from six yards out.
The Swans continued to press in the second half and Sinclair drew a save out of David De Gea at his near post, while Nemanja Vidic was forced into making two crucial clearances from inside his own six-yard box.
However, the hosts were just unable to find the equaliser and suffered their first home defeat of the campaign.
Swans: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Gower (Dobbie, 79), Britton, Dyer, Sinclair, Routledge (Allen, 46), Graham.
Subs not used: Tremmel, Moras, Richards, Lita, Moore.
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (Fabio, 51), Park, Carrick, Giggs (Fletcher, 76), Nani, Hernandez (Valencia, 84), Rooney.
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Evans, Young, Berbatov.