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Michu: Scores 13th of the season

Michu: Scores 13th of the season

Swansea were able to hold Premier League leaders Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in a full-blooded encounter at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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The Red Devils got off to a flying start as Patrice Evra opened the scoring from a corner after 16 minutes, but Michu scored his 13th goal of the season just before the half-hour mark to ensure the sides would share the spoils.

The result took United to a four-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the standings, while the Swans go one point clear in 11th.

Both sides looked lively right from the off, with Michu firing a shot just over while at the other end Wayne Rooney's swerving effort brought a fine save out of Michael Vorm.

The goalkeeper was again called into action a few moments later when he brilliantly turned away Ashley Young's low drive following some excellent build-up play from Michael Carrick.

United's pressure eventually took its toll though as Evra did well to attack Robin van Persie's corner, meeting the ball ahead of his marker to power his header home.

The Welsh side looked for a response and almost got one after 27 minutes as Nathan Dyer's cross found Michu, but the delivery was just a bit too high for the hitman who could only head over.

However, two minutes later the inspirational forward once more proved his worth to Michael Laudrup's side, showing awareness to get on the end of a rebound from Jonathan de Guzman's effort to tap the ball home.

De Guzman carved out a great chance for the Swans to steal the lead going into the break as he read Nemanja Vidic's intention to see the ball out to touch, winning back possession inside the area, but with little to aim for he opted to go for goal from a very tight angle but was never going to trouble David de Gea at his near post.

The second-half proved to be just as exciting as the first, with Ashley Williams getting in a superb block to prevent Young's shot from finding goal following Van Persie's slide-rule pass.

Midway through the second-half Van Persie looked to have put his side back into the lead after his lofted volley had the beating of the goalkeeper, but not the woodwork as his effort bounced off the top of the goal-frame and out.

The match threatened to turn ugly in the closing stages as Williams' cynical clearance after the whistle had blown caught Van Persie in the back of the head after the striker appeared to have been brought down inside the area.

The Dutchman reacted violently to what he thought was an intentional piece of malice from the defender, with the players becoming embroiled in a 20-man skirmish, although the referee was eventually able to calm matters and showed the two players in question a yellow card each.

Moments later Carrick was desperately unlucky not to find the back of the net, with Vorm pulling off an exellent save to tip the midfielder's powerful header onto the crossbar.

Posted: 23/12/12 15:21

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