Manchester United 2-0 Swansea LIVE score and goal updates as Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez strike


Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez have been recalled to the Manchester United starting XI to face Swansea.

Full-back Ashley Young suffered a knee complaint towards the end of England’s 1-1 draw with Italy but is fit enough to start. Back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero is out for a “few weeks” after being involved in a collision on Argentina duty.

Daley Blind is back in training after injury but not available to feature against Swansea.

Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Ander Herrera are available again – but only the latter has been given a spot on the bench for the fixture.

Swansea have no fresh injury worries for the trip to Old Trafford.

Andy King and Andre Ayew are both return to the starting line-up after being ineligible for the FA Cup defeat to Tottenham two weeks ago.

Jordan Ayew serves the second game of a three-match ban, while Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (groin) remain out.

United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku

Swansea XI: Fabianski, Van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Naughton, King, Ki, Clucas, Olsson, Dyer, A Ayew

22 minsminute by minute

Well United certainly appear to be in the mood here! They’re forward again as they win the first corner of the match. Swansea deal with the delivery, but possession is handed straight back to the hosts. This is men against boys at the moment.

KEY EVENT

GOAL! Sanchez makes it two!

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(Image: REUTERS)

20 minsminute by minute

TWO TO THE GOOD! How badly did he need that?! Just a second Manchester United goal for Alexis Sanchez, and a first in seven matches, as he gets on the end of Lingard’s deflected pass and does brilliantly to pick out the bottom corner from 20 yards!

19 minsminute by minute

Finally a bit of possession here for the visitors coming in attack, but it all fizzles out as soon as they get into the final third. A pass is cut out and United try to break quickly, with Van der Hoorn forward in attack, but Mata is flagged for offside.

17 minsminute by minute

Manchester United have already beaten Swansea twice this season without conceding a goal – they won 4-0 at Liberty Stadium in the Premier League in August and 2-0 in a League Cup tie in October.

15 minsminute by minute

Possession firmly with United as they patiently pass it around near the halfway line. Still a ton of time to play, of course, but this is looking like a walk in the park for the hosts. Swansea have hardly had a touch in the attacking half thus far.

16 minsSTATS

Overall Possession Ratio

Possession

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13 minsminute by minute

Play comes to a halt with Clucas down injured for the visitors. This has been a nightmare start for the Swans, and Carvalhal will have to be wondering what else could possibly go wrong here…

9 minsminute by minute

Conceding early like that is the last thing Swansea needed. They will be forced to take more chances going forward, unable to park the bus and force United to break them down. They’re going to be dragged right back into the relegation battle with a defeat today.

11 minsminute by minute

BIG CHANCE! Swansea far to static in defence as Sanchez plays Lukaku in again, but this time Fabianski is up to the task, diving out to his right in a flash to see it away!

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7 minsminute by minute

That goal is Romelu Lukaku’s 100th in the Premier League – the 28th player to reach the milestone and the first Belgian player to do so.

KEY EVENT

GOAL! Lukaku gives United the lead!

5 minsminute by minute

THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG! Lingard plays in Sanchez, who pulls it back for Lukaku, and the striker’s effort finds its way into the top corner with the aid of a slight deflection, and Manchester United have the early lead! That’s a blow to Swansea, who will be forced to open up a bit so early on.

5 minsminute by minute

Smart pass there from Sanchez on the end of an even better run, as he provides the assist.

3 minsminute by minute

Swansea set-up nicely early on here, answering Manchester United’s early possession with a bit of their own, as they keep the hosts to the periphery. This is a desperate Swansea side who have been in excellent form of late, so this will be harder on United today than it may appear on paper.

1 minsminute by minute

AND THEY’RE OFF! Manchester United in red as they get the match underway, with Swansea in white.

Kick-off fast approaching

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(Image: Action Images via Reuters)
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Carlos Carvalhal makes just one change from their last Premier League match. Jordan Ayew misses out through suspension, meaning his brother Andre Ayew will be partnered up top by Nathan Dyer this afternoon.

Jose Mourinho makes three changes from their last Premier League match three weeks ago against Liverpool. Paul Pogba is restored in midfield at the expense of Scott McTominay, while Victor Lindelof and Jesse Lingard get the nod ahead of Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford.

SUBS: Abraham, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Carroll, Routledge, Bartley, Roberts.

SWANSEA (5-3-2): Fabianski; Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; King, Ki, Clucas; Dyer, A. Ayew.

SUBS: Bailly, Martial, Rashford, Herrera, Shaw, McTominay, Pereira.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lingard, Sanchez; Lukaku.

Despite their surge in form, Carlos Carvalhal’s side remain just three points up on the drop. They still face each of the bottom-three clubs, all of which will be vital considering the difficulty of their other five remaining fixtures (at United, Everton, at Man City, Chelsea, at Bournemouth).

Fans arriving at Old Trafford

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Swansea finally have some breathing room between them and the relegation zone thanks to an impressive eight-match run in which they suffered just one defeat – but they can ill-afford to take their foot off the gas.



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