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PREMIER LEAGUE: Man Utd inflict first home defeat of season on Swansea

Manchester United without being at their best battled for a narrow 1-0 win over Swansea. United remain five points behind leaders Manchester City thanks to Javier Hernandez's early first half strike.

The Reds were never at their fluent best against a Swansea side trying to protect an unbeaten home record in their first season in the top flight.

United took the honours in the first period but after the break concentrated on keeping the home side from grabbing a point. After being so impregnable at home this season it took a defensive mistake from the Welsh outfit to send them to their first home league defeat.

Swans Angel Rangel played a sloppy pass which was intercepted by Ryan Giggs who quickly squared for Hernandez to bundle home from close range.

Ashley Williams had a shot blocked by Nemanja Vidic then Phil Jones hit a post late on for the visitor's.

Ironically up to this game Swansea had kept five clean sheets in this season's top flight, the joint-highest total along with their opponents.

Referee: Mike Dean

Venue: Liberty Stadium Attendance: 20,295

Swansea scorers: Man Utd scorers: Hernandez 11


Yellow cards: Evra (MANU)

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