Still, the Reds never yielded any clear-cut chances and could even have gone into the break 2-1 up when Evra burst down the left, reached the by-line and found Rooney 10 yards out. The striker didn’t quite catch his low, left-footed effort cleanly, however, and Vorm did enough to keep the ball out and ensure parity at half-time.
The start of the second period proved similarly frustrating for Rooney, whose every misplaced pass or blocked shot was met with cheers by the home crowd.
He did release Ashley Young inside the area, though, after a Swansea mistake gifted the Reds possession in the final third. Young’s shot was well blocked by Ashley Williams and the Swans breathed a sigh of relief.
Down the other end, De Gea was forced to make two fine saves – first from distance, then from close range – as Kemy Agustien and then Routledge let fly with powerful efforts.
Rooney curled a direct free-kick into Vorm’s arms on the hour mark before dropping to the left side of midfield as Sir Alex brought on Javier Hernandez for Valencia and Young switched to the right flank. The change almost brought immediate dividends, as van Persie volleyed against the crossbar from Rooney’s tantalising cross.
The Dutchman then came within inches of playing a perfect pass into the path of substitute Hernandez. The Mexican couldn’t quite take the ball in his stride, however, and his eventual shot was blocked en route to Vorm.
Rooney’s miserable afternoon was summed up when he failed to find van Persie, unmarked, on the penalty spot after a Swansea error gifted the