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Premier League: Swansea 1 Manchester United 1

SoccerNews in English Premier League 23 Dec 2012

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Manchester United dropped Premier League points for the first time in six games after being held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea on Sunday.

The league leaders opened the scoring through Patrice Evra in the first half, the France international heading in Robin van Persie’s corner.

Swansea soon equalised after good work from Wayne Routledge and Jonathan De Guzman in the build up to Michu’s 13th goal of the season.

The hosts held on for a point despite United dominating the second half and hitting the crossbar twice.

Spaniard Michu was the first to get through on goal as he broke away from Jonny Evans inside the first 10 minutes, but his effort went well wide.

United, however, soon had the lead as Van Persie whipped in an inviting corner from the right and Evra rose to bag his third goal of the season, diverting the delivery into the far side of the net.

Both sides continued to create chances, but it was Swansea who grabbed the next goal as De Guzman fired at David De Gea after a clever Routledge pass into the area, with Michu on hand to tap in the rebound.

United attacked late on in the half but with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young both struggling, supply from the flanks was mediocre and goalmouth chances were sparse.

The visitors began the second half in improved fashion, but Routledge was soon causing trouble again as he tested De Gea, while Young had an effort blocked at the other end.

United took control of the midfield around the hour mark, but with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Young well off the pace, delivery to Van Persie and substitute Javier Hernandez suffered.

The crossbar first came to Michel Vorm’s rescue after Van Persie’s flick, before the Dutchman then set up Michael Carrick only for the midfielder’s header to also find the woodwork.

United had Swansea under significant pressure during the closing stages, but with the final ball lacking Michael Laudrup’s held on for their first ever Premier League point against the Red Devils.

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