Our victory today was marred by City’s win in the early kick-off. The actual game though, pretty much sums up our season. We won it comfortably but without real conviction. We have lacked the tenacity this year that great United teams of the past have, and at times it’s so frustrating to watch.
Date: 6th May 2012
Venue: Old Trafford
Referee: Chris Foy
Score: Manchester United 2-0 Swansea
Scorers: Scholes 28’ Young 41’
Yellow Cards: Rooney
Red Cards: None
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand (Rafael), Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes (Cleverley), Young, Rooney (Berbatov), Hernandez
Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Nani, Rafael, Cleverley
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker (Tate), Taylor, Allen, Sigurdsson, Gower (Britton), Dyer (Moore), Sinclair, Graham
Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Britton, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Moore
We made a few changes from our loss to City on Monday, bringing in Valencia, Young, and Hernandez, with Giggs, Nani, and Park dropping to the bench. With no Pogba on the bench no doubt questions will be raised about his Old Trafford future once more.
The game itself was quite an open one, especially as we needed to attack to try and make a dent into the goal difference. The breakthrough finally came through Scholes in the 28th minute when he tapped home from four yards out. We kept attacking and got our just rewards in the 41st minute when Ashley Young curled one in from 16 yards, he has been one of our better players and for the most part delivers when called upon. The second half was much duller. We tried to press forward but we didn’t really get going, we had one clear-cut chance all half which Rooney narrowly put wide, this summed up his performance and was subbed off shortly after. The man who replaced him probably walked out on the Old Trafford pitch for the last time, Dimitar Berbatov, with Fergie confirming that if the right offer comes in he will probably leave in the summer.
Man of the Match
Ashley Young: He was the only one who really seemed up for it. He kept pressing and he gave Rangel a torrid time, he has come in for some criticism of late but he has been one of our consistent performers throughout the campaign.
All in all it was a disappointing end to our campaign at home, yes we won the match but the result earlier in the day really reflected on our performance. I hold out little hope that QPR will do us a favour next week, but I really can’t look past a comfortable City win. Everyone involved with the club looks resigned to losing the league, but stranger things have happened. Keep the faith eh Reds?