By Lee Savery
Manchester United are four points clear at the top at Christmas after their first draw of the season in all competitions.
United took the lead on 16 minutes when Patrice Evra headed in Robin van Persie’s corner from the right with his third headed goal of the season. A goal the visitors had deserved as they dominated the early minutes after earlier chances for Wayne Rooney & Ashley Young were saved well by Michel Vorm.
Swansea’s talismanic striker, Michu, was always the most likely to score for the home side and he did again today for his 13th goal in the Premier League. The excellent Kemy Agustien beat a man in midfield before finding Wayne Routledge whose terrific first time pass caught the United defence out. Jonathan de Guzman was on the end of it whose shot was saved by David de Gea but it fell perfectly for Michu to tap in.
United were unhappy at the decision to allow a supposed foul on van Persie at the opposite end of the pitch. Referee Michael Oliver had said no but Sir Alex Ferguson let him know his thoughts on that decision.
Swansea ended the first half well on top and deserved to be level. The second half was a much one-sided affair but United’s final ball lacked any real quality with Wayne Rooney being a main culprit. Michael Carrick had the best chance with a near post header, from a corner, that was tipped onto the bar by Vorm.
The second half was bitty and tense and a little bit fierce with some of the tackles flying around. Van Persie and Ashley Williams had a coming together after the Swansea captain had kicked the ball into the Dutchman’s head. Only a yellow card apiece however.
Not the result the away side wanted but United are top at Christmas and the team who has been top at Christmas, in the last three seasons, have won the league.
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