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Summary

  1. Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney.
  2. Swansea XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Ki Sung-Yueng, Cork, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew.

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    For all the reaction to today's football, jump over to the main live text page.

  2. FULL-TIME

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Just.

    Lukasz Fabianski - up for a late corner - arrows a header just wide of the bottom corner as Old Trafford held its breath.

    Wayne Rooney
  3. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Michael Carrick replaces Ander Herrera in the Manchester United midfield.

    Four minutes of time to be added on.

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    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Only 90 seconds of normal time to go and Manchester United are running down the clock with a spell of midfield side-ball.

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    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Gylfi Sigurdsson duffs his free-kick straight to Daley Blind.

    A let-off for United.

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    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Daley Blind brings down Modou Barrow down by the corner flag. Cynical. Blind sees yellow and Swansea have a great spot for a late free-kick.

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    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

  8. 'Rooney gambled'

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

    "Anthony Martial got to the byeline, Rooney gambled to the near post and it was a wonderful touch into the far corner."  

  9. 'It's a bit of genius'

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Garth Crooks

    Former Spurs striker on Final Score

    "The ball that comes in from Anthony Martial is lovely. When it comes to Wayne Rooney the ball is getting away from him, and he has to bring it back towards him. It's a bit of genius. Rooney's taken a lot of criticism, but today, I think he's going to get his reward."  

    Wayne Rooney
  10. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis are thrown into the fray by Swansea.

    Andre Ayew and Wayne Routledge are the men to make way.

  11. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    Paddy McNair replaces Ashley Young.

    Young has been excellent out wide for United. Louis van Gaal won't want any more surprises from this contest.

  12. Rooney magic puts United back in front

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

    My word. What a finish from Manchester United's captain.

    Anthony Martial's low cross is bulleted at him at the near post, a little behind where he would have wanted it.

    No worries. Wayne Rooney deftly flicks it around his standing leg and into the far corner past a befuddled Lukasz Fabianski.

    Lovely stuff to lift the atmosphere.

    Wayne Rooney
  13. GOAL - Wayne Rooney

    Man Utd 2-1 Swansea

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    Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

    Ashley Young - Manchester United's best player today - is struggling. The winger is limping about out on the right and I don't think he is going to be on the pitch much longer.

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    Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

    Wayne Rooney has the ball touched his way by Juan Mata, but can only drill a low effort into the base of the Swansea wall.

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    Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

    Ashley Williams has clambered over the top of Anthony Martial to win that header. I think he actually replaced his studs with crampons for that challenge.

    Free-kick United, 25 yards out...

  17. Sigurdsson levels for Swans

    Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

    Suddenly it is all doubt and doom-mongering at Manchester United.

    The home side had looked comfortable in the lead, but Swansea catch them with a classy counter as Modou Barrow's lofted cross is glanced over David de Dea and into the far corner by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    After a moment of shock, the home fans urge their side to come back fighting.

    Let's see.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson
  18. GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

  19. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    David de Gea is flailing in vain, Andre Ayew's header has him beaten all ends up.

    Fortunately for the hosts, the post comes to United's rescue - the ball bouncing off the woodwork.

    Angel Rangel is booked for simulation as he gathers the rebound and immediately goes to ground under Matteo Darmian's challenge. 

    David De Gea
  20. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    Alan Curtis starts to press pedal to metal.

    The Swansea caretaker hooks Leon Britton and shoves Modou Barrow on in his place to give his side a bit more oomph up front.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    This is the 2011 edition Ashley Young that we are getting.

    The Manchester United makes a mug of Neil Taylor as he feints to cross and then cuts inside the airbourne left-back.

    His shot from a tight angle is well saved by the Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski though.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross briefly looks like it might cause David de Gea problems via a deflection off Matteo Darmian, but the Spaniard covers back to snatch the ball out of the sky.

    At the other end, Wayne Rooney fails to get hold of a shot as he swivels 15 yards out.

    It is opening up.

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  24. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    Width + crosses + midfielders into the box = goals.

    Some simple Fergie maths adds up to a lead for United. Excellent work from the impressive Ashley Young on the right.

    Goal
  25. Manchester United 1-0 Swansea

    Manchester United had had just three shots on target (one by Wayne Rooney and two from Juan Mata) before Martial headed them ahead from close range.   

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    Image caption: Manchester United shots on target
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    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    This is a Swansea side that can soak up pressure, but is not so good at applying it.

    Will Alan Curtis' side come out and start trading blows with United?

    Still plenty of time. Caution might be the better part of valour.

  27. 'Man Utd players look relieved'

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    Garth Crooks

    Former Spurs striker on Final Score

    “The most telling feature about that goal was the relief on the faces of the Manchester United players. They should go and play. If you can’t play expansive football at Old Trafford, where can you?”  

  28. 'Great header from Martial'

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

    "You have your left winger, who should be playing centre-forward, but it is a great header.

    "It does show why Martial should be playing in the middle though."

  29. Martial breaks deadlock

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

    It is sometimes difficult to remember what they look like at Old Trafford, but that is definitely a lesser-spotted Manchester United goal.

    Ashley Young's cross is headed down into the turf by Anthony Martial and the ball rears up past Lukasz Fabianski and into the roof of the net.

    Palpable relief among the home fans.

    Anthony Martial
  30. GOAL - Anthony Martial

    Man Utd 1-0 Swansea

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Wayne Rooney with an immediate chance as he sniffs space, 15 yards out.

    Ashley Williams slides in to block his shot behind for a corner.

    Superb committed defending.

    Wayne Rooney
  32. KICK-OFF

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    We are back up and running.

  33. SUBSTITUTION

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Yep, Matteo Darmian is on in place of the injured Phil Jones.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Manchester United substitute Matteo Darmian is out on the pitch at half-time going through a fairly vigorous warm-up routine.

    Might we be seeing him soon?

    United return to encouraging applause and Sir Bobby takes his seat.

    "Glory, Glory, Man United" blasts out the tannoy...

  36. Swans on the rise

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    The worrying thing for Manchester United is that Swansea grew into the game more and more as the half went on.

    Compare the first 15 minutes of the half...

    Graphic

    ...with the last fifteen minutes:

    Manchester United
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  38. A zero sum game

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Stat of the day comes from the Daily Mirror's David McDonnell.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Manchester United have scored two goals in their last five and a half league games.

    Only bottom side Aston Villa have scored fewer than Swansea's 16 goals this season.

    Five of the last eight games at Old Trafford in all competitions have ended goalless.

    I wouldn't bet on this one getting much better.

  40. 'Man Utd revert to type'

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at Old Trafford for Radio 5 live

    "It's Man Utd reverting to type. Swansea have come here to do a job. Rooney;'s had two headers from Young crosses, but that's been about the sum of it. De Gea has made one save at the other end. You could sum this first half up in three words: Dull, dull and dull."  

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Manchester United depart to applause or jeers.

    Instead the half-time whistle is met with a total absence of noise. The home fans have been given very little to get excited about.  

  42. Where's the football?

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at Old Trafford for Radio 5 live

    "We say there's too much football at Christmas and New Year. I disagree, because we haven't seen any football here today."  

  43. HALF-TIME

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    That combination looks the likeliest to unpick the Swansea defence.

    Ashley Young's cross finds Wayne Rooney, but the United captain's glancing header is straight into Lukasz Fabianski's palms.

  45. INJURY TIME

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    The natives are getting restless.

    Their side are coasting towards the break with another underwhelming 45 minutes behind them.

    It will be interesting to see if the grumbles from the stands turn into full-fledged jeers at the half-time whistle.

    One minute added on.

  46. YELLOW CARD

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Jonathan Moss's pencil gets its first outing, noting the name of Chris Smalling for his untidy challenge on Andre Ayew.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Juan Mata in a pocket of space in the penalty area from Ashley Young's cut-back...

    Nope. The Spaniard never looked confident in his shooting and his hurried effort is a bobbler that Lukasz Fabianski can drop on with time to spare.

    Juan Mata
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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Just three of Wayne Rooney's 22 touches so far have been inside the penalty area.

    Wayne Rooney touches
  49. It's oh so quiet...

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Old Trafford

    “I can’t recall Old Trafford being as quiet as this. There’s nothing for the fans to get excited about.”  

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Better from Manchester United as the go back to the old school with some width and crosses.

    Ashley Young's hanging delivery is met by Wayne Rooney at the far post, but the skipper's downward header has the sting taken out of it as it thuds into a defender's thigh.

    That would have asked Lukasz Fabianski some serious questions otherwise.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Anthony Martial tripped on the edge of the box and United come forward at pace for once.

    Smart thinking from Ander Herrera, who grabs the ball and takes it quick with Swansea's defence still at sixes and sevens.

    But Juan Mata cannot generate much power in his left-foot effort as he gets a good sight of goal from his fellow Spaniard's pass.

    Anthony Martial
  53. 'Swansea are playing the better football'

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at Old Trafford for Radio 5 live

    "In the last 10 minutes, Swansea have played the better football. It’s better football then United have played at any stage so far."  

  54. PENALTY APPEAL

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Morgan Schneiderlin does his best to look busy and not at referee Jonathan Moss.

    The Manchester United midfield man has just cleared the ball into his own hand inside his own box. Not deliberate, but very dicey.

    Luckily for him, the whistle stays silent.

  55. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Wayne Routledge swipes a snap-shot goalwards as the ball sits up around hip-height on the edge of the box.

    He catches it reasonably cleanly, but it is too central and David de Gea gobbles it up.

    Wayne Routledge
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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

  57. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea midfield man Jack Cork is taking a sit-down in midfield.

    He has got a problem with his eye. The away physio runs on and washes it out with the saline solution.

    Teeming down with rain at Old Trafford. 

    Some mischievous camerawork picks out a home fan with his head in the programme. Another yawns long and hard.

  58. 'Dull, dull, dull'

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at Old Trafford for Radio 5 live

    "The Swansea goalkeeper’s not made a save, has he? Dull, dull, dull. It’s as though Manchester United are told not to make a mistake, so their players get so far and decide: ‘I’m letting someone else have it.’”  

    Kasper Schmeichel
  59. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    After the early momentum, the wind has come out of Manchester United's sails a bit.

    The passes going sideways more often, a touch too many in midfield - they look like they are over-thinking it.

    Sir Alex Ferguson is catching up on some texts in the posh seats.

    Just chance your arm and make a run.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

  61. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Ashley Young's cross from the left makes it all the way across to Wayne Rooney on the other side of the box. 

    The United captain stands up to his defender, ignores Anthony Martial's pleas for a pull-back and drags his attempt into the side netting.

    Lukasz Fabianski had it covered in the Swansea goal.

  62. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Wayne Rooney is sent sprawling by the outstretched leg of Federico Fernandez.

    Twenty yards out slightly left of centre, Juan Mata and Rooney having a look...

    Rooney plants it straight into the wall.

    Juan Mata will have first dibs on the next surely.

    Wayne Rooney
  63. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Stats

    This is how the first 15 minutes has gone down at Old Trafford.

    More of the ball, more of the territory, but no real goal threat despite all the good work from the hosts.

  64. 'Schweinsteiger is too far back'

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at Old Trafford for Radio 5 live

    "Bastian Schweinsteiger is almost playing in Manchester United’s back four. Smalling can come out and play, and Jones can come out and play. Schweinsteiger should be further forward. It's so much safety first from United."  

  65. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Sir Alex Ferguson is looking on from the expensive seats, like a well-dressed ghost of glories past.

    Louis van Gaal has four fewer points than David Moyes had at the same stage of his one and only season in charge at Old Trafford.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

  67. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Bastian Schweinsteiger has been caught on the shin as he contests a bouncing ball with Jack Cork.

    Both players went in brandishing studs and the Germany international came off worse.

    After a bit of wincing and writhing he is able to continue however.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

  69. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Clever play from Ki Sung-yeung as he draws the foul from Ander Herrera about 35 yards out as he meanders towards the touchline and runs out of options.

    Gylfi Siggurdsson to take it.

    Over-hit by the Iceland international and that is a waste considering the heavy artillery had rolled up from defence for his delivery.

  70. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    A chance to counter for Swansea as they come upfield in numbers, but Andre Ayew's cut-back only finds Daley Blind.

    The hosts in charge.

  71. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Neil Taylor gets a solid block tackle in on Ashley Young as they face up on United's right flank.

    Ashley Williams slides in to dispossess Wayne Rooney after Ki Sung-yeung gives the ball away.

    The Swansea defence are working hard.

    They are going to have to by the looks of it.

  72. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Anthony Martial jinks between two defenders, inside the box but cannot keep tight control.

    The ball sits up ugly and he shanks his shot off his shin and Lukasz Fabianski gladly gathers.

    All positive from United.

  73. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Wayne Rooney is playing as a lone front man, but it looks as though Louis van Gaal has loosened the shackles a little and allowed the likes of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata to break from midfield and get up alongside him.

    Swansea have hardly put boot to ball yet.

  74. 'Van Gaal's side must beat Swansea'

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Garth Crooks

    Former Spurs striker on Final Score

    "If that Manchester United team can’t beat Swansea, there’s something terribly wrong. Van Gaal may not have lost the players, but he’s not winning matches."

  75. Post update

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Manchester United are immediately on the front foot - showing the same urgency that they had against Chelsea last time out.

    Ander Herrera almost gets free in the box, but Federico Fernandez manages to get a block in.

    The crowd like what they see.

  76. KICK-OFF

    Man Utd 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea get us going and Jon Moss is the man in charge.

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    Louis van Gaal walks along the touchline to the dug-out and seems to be getting a warm reception.

    Certainly he keeps waving and giving thumbs up to the front few rows.

  80. Post update

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Sir Alex Ferguson is in the stands, Fred the Red is on the pitch and the teams are in the tunnel.

    It is very nearly go-time.

  81. 'Man Utd aren't out of title race'

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

    "I think a lot of the Van Gaal stuff has been media driven, but eventually they have to start winning games, and they won’t get a better chance than today. Van Gaal hasn’t lost the players. But the problem is that he’s spent £250m, and people expect more. But they're only nine points behind Arsenal. A couple of wins and they’re back in the top four. They’re not out of it."    

  82. Van Gaal: Keep him or sack him?

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

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    "In the recent crisis, it is sometimes forgotten that Louis van Gaal deserves credit for stabilising United after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the ill-fated 10-month reign of David Moyes, guiding the club back into the Champions League - albeit briefly.

    "That said Van Gaal, despite the better showing against Chelsea, has been producing a style of football that has not met with the approval of the club's fans - even if plenty appreciated what they offered up against Chelsea.

    "If Van Gaal is kept too long and there is no obvious improvement, then it could end up as a major missed opportunity with Jose Mourinho currently on the market with a point to prove after his sacking by Chelsea, and seemingly willing to step in."

    Read more from Phil on Louis van Gaal's situation.

  83. Neckwear issues

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    No sign of those Jose Mourinho scarves that were on sale at Old Trafford before the game against Chelsea this afternoon.

    Maybe they didn't prove too popular. Or maybe they sold out.

    Scarves
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  85. Santa is a Swan

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    Swansea fans

    Santa has treated the elves, and possibly Mrs Claus, although who knows with that fella, to a post-Christmas day out at the football.

    The annual present delivery rush looks like it has taken its toll on the lot of them.

  86. 'Swansea need a boss first - then players'

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea & Norwich striker

    QPR striker Charlie Austin

    "Swansea have got problems because, unless things change soon, they don't look any nearer to appointing a new manager. It surprises me that a new manager wasn't ready in place. 

    "With Charlie Austin's goals record, we might see someone like Swansea gamble on him.

    "But first and foremost Swansea need to appoint a manager - it is only fair to have a new manager in place with the players which he wants."

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  88. Something Swansea this way comes

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Why are Swansea Louis van Gaal's ghost team then?

    Well, the Swans have faced the Dutchman's Manchester United side three times in the league - and won 2-1 on each occasion, including Van Gaal's very first match in charge of the club.

    Garry Monk was masterminding those victories of course. Can Alan Curtis continue the tradition?

    Louis van Gaal
  89. MOTD on the scene

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Steve Bower

    BBC MOTD commentator

    "So a team definitely looking for a new manager faces one that could be, should Swansea beat Manchester United for the fourth consecutive league game.

    "Louis van Gaal has remained defiant and will hope the intensity of his team's performance against Chelsea is repeated.

    "They do though have to change their dreadful recent scoring record against a side who have kept three clean sheets in a row.

    "Alan Curtis has steadied the Swansea ship at an important time, and I saw his first match in charge, which should have resulted in at least a point at Manchester City.

    "Van Gaal has called Swansea his 'ghost team';  he needs a new positive spell to begin the new year."

  90. Team news

    Man Utd v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United make one change from the starting XI that drew against Chelsea last time out with Phil Jones replacing Matteo Darmian in defence.

    Marouane Fellaini and Memphis Depay are on the bench for the hosts.

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    Swansea make seven changes to the side that drew 0-0 away to Crystal Palace last time out with Ki Sung-Yueng coming into midfield at the expense of Jonjo Shelvey.

    Swansea line-up
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    Welcome to our live page for Manchester United v Swansea City. We’ll have Radio 5 live and text commentary here from 14:30 GMT. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today’s games here.