Manchester United 2 Swansea City 0 – Januzaj steals the show for Red Devils
David Moyes saw his team record their first win of 2014 and he had an eighteen-year-old to thank, with Adnan Januzaj helping Manchester United to a 2-0 win against the Swans.
January 11th, 2014
The champions had previously lost to the same opponents in the FA Cup and the home supporters were getting edgy with the scoreline goalless at half-time, although second-half strikes from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck relieved the pressure on the team and manager.
With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie missing from the starting line-up, Welbeck played as a lone forward with Januzaj pushing forward in attack at every opportunity and the winger was behind the move which led to Valencia lashing the ball home from close range.
Welbeck doubled United’s advantage as Swansea were left to rue being dominant in possession during the first-half without creating too much in the way of chances, with Wilfried Bony being starved of a supply line.
Meanwhile, Chelsea went top of the Premier League table after recording a 2-0 win at the KC Stadium on Saturday, with goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres helping the Blues leapfrog Arsenal and Manchester City.
Everton also recorded a 2-0 victory against Norwich City and move ahead of Liverpool before the Reds travel to Stoke on Sunday for a tricky match at the Britannia Stadium.
Crystal Palace missed a penalty before Tottenham claimed a 2-0 win in the London derby at White Hart Lane, with Jason Puncheon making a hash of his spot-kick before goals from Christian Eriksen and the Toronto-bound Jermain Defoe secured three points for Spurs.
Southampton needed an Adam Lallana goal to seal victory against West Brom, while West Ham United and Sunderland recorded valuable away wins to make things very tight at the foot of the division, with Cardiff sinking into the bottom three of the table for the first time this season.