Man Utd: Rashford Dives For Penalty But Sigurdsson Stunner Earns Swans Precious Point At Old Trafford (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

30th, April 2017

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A cracking free-kick from dead-ball specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson earned Swansea a deserved point away to Manchester United on Sunday.

United would see full-back Luke Shaw forced off with injury after just nine minutes.

It would take until the stroke of half-time for the first goal of the game, which came in controversial circumstances.

Marcus Rashford charged into the box, only to clearly dive ahead of a challenge from Lukasz Fabianski. However, referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot, a decision which understandably outraged the Swansea players.

Ex-United striker, Michael Owen, who was fond of a dive himself, did his best to somehow justify Rashford’s cheating, surmising that the flop only “ended up a dive”. Whatever that means.

Wayne Rooney stepped up to fire home the resulting spot-kick.

Just before the hour-mark, United’s injury list lengthened yet again with Eric Bailly forced off after what looked an innocuous clash with Fernando Llorente.

Swansea then suffered an injury headache of their own, with sub Jefferson Montero, forced off with a hamstring strain just five minutes after coming on.

However, on 79 minutes, the Swans equalised via a superb free-kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson after Rooney had fouled Martin Olsson outside the box.

Interestingly, just before Sigurdsson fired home, Ander Herrera had placed himnself on the goal-line in the very spot the Swansea man would place his free-kick, only to be ushered away by David De Gea.

Both sides then pushed for the winner, with Jesse Lingard heading straight at Lukasz Fabianski and Tom Carroll firing just over De Gea’s crossbar.

At the death, Llorente had a great chance to nab a precious victory for Paul Clement’s side, only to fail to get on the end of a ball into the United box.

However, the game would end all-square, with strugglers Swansea moving to within two points of safety.

As for Jose Mourinho and co., their incredible unbeaten run marches on. However, the Red Devils stay fifth, after dropping two more valuable home points.