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

Sub-plots Danny Welbeck now has six goals in his last six Barclays Premier League games, but the biggest story today was the team returning to winning ways with a first victory in 2014. That will give the players a much-needed confidence boost ahead of a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge next Sunday.

Opposition After last weekend’s heroics, the Swans will be bitterly disappointed by their performance at the Theatre of Dreams and head back to South Wales with much to work on. Notably, Michael Laudrup's side enjoyed 61 per cent of the possession but only managed two shots on David De Gea's goal.

Move of the Match Danny Welbeck couldn't supply the required finish when Rafael's cross fell to the striker 12 yards out midway through the first period, but the way United carved out the opening was stunning. Quick passing on the halfway line between Rafael, Januzaj and Valencia opened up Swansea and released the Ecudaorian down the right. He found Rafael, who had continued his run, with a terrific pass and the Brazilian helped the ball on again to Welbeck, whose first-time shot spun just wide of the post.

In the Stands After three straight defeats, the United fans were understandably mellow during the opening exchanges, though the supporters were in fine voice at the appropriate times. Once again, that familiar chant of 'Come on David Moyes', to the tune of Slade’s ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’, could be heard from all sides of the ground.

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