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11/01/2014 19:56, Report by Mark Froggatt
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The Match: Bouncing back

After the match report, ManUtd.com casts a detailed eye over Manchester United's Barclays Premier League meeting with Swansea City at Old Trafford…

The Match 

Three points was all that mattered for United following three straight defeats in all competitions – a run that also included last weekend’s FA Cup loss to the Swans. Crucially, after a first half of few chances, United returned from the half-time break with added urgency and ultimately dominated the following 45 minutes to record a comfortable win that was secured via goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck.

The Goals Adnan Januzaj's left-wing cross found Shinji Kagawa at the back post and his header was well saved by Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel. But the rebound fell kindly to Valencia, who smashed home to open the scoring and spark the game into life on 47 minutes. Just 12 minutes later, Welbeck produced a deft touch to divert Patrice Evra's shot just inside the post and double the lead.

Star Men Playing in the hole behind the striker for much of the game, Adnan Januzaj was arguably United’s most potent attacking weapon and the 18-year-old prodigy was a constant thorn in Swansea’s side, regularly linking up with the similarly dangerous Welbeck. When he was pushed out to the wing he was similarly effective and it was his cross that led to the first goal. Darren Fletcher also produced another impressive display in midfield and even caught the eye with a cheeky second-half backheel.

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