MANCHESTER UNITED 1 vs SWANSEA CITY 2
MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes fears he may fail to make “urgent” reinforcements to his squad after the champions’ faltering form continued with yesterday’s FA Cup third round humbling.
A 90th-minute header from striker Wilfried Bony earned Swansea their first ever victory at Old Trafford and inflicted a fourth defeat from six home matches on Moyes’ men.
On a miserable afternoon for United, defender Rio Ferdinand – back after missing the previous six matches – limped off with a knee injury and his replacement Fabio was soon shown a straight red card for a dangerous lunge at Jose Canas.
And with key strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie also among the current absentees through injury, Moyes has stressed the importance of bolstering his squad this month.
“There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in, but are those players available in January?” he said.
“So there is no point in me hyping it up because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available, not because we don’t want to do it.
“It has been a tough start. I am disappointed we have not won more games, but it will change I have no doubt about that.”
Rooney’s absence from the United frontline was one of six changes made by Moyes from the side that lost 2-1 to Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
Yet they looked far from reinvigorated and fell behind on 12 minutes when Wayne Routledge latched onto Alejandro Pozuelo’s through pass and finished superbly over the top of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
The home side levelled four minutes later when Javier Hernandez volleyed in Alex Buttner’s left-wing cross from inside the six yard box.
United were left to hang on in the final exchanges following Fabio’s dismissal just four minutes after his introduction.
But in the final minute of normal time Bony rose unmarked at the near post to power in Routledge’s cross.
FA CUP FOURTH ROUND DRAW
Sunderland v Kidderminster/ Peterborough
Bolton v Cardiff
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield v Charlton/Oxford
Port Vale/Plymouth v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich/Preston
Southend v Hull
Rochdale v Macclesfield/Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry
Stevenage v Everton
Wigan/MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke
Blackburn/Manchester City v Bristol City/Watford
Bournemouth/Burton v Liverpool
Birmingham/Bristol Rovers/Crawley v Swansea
Sheffield United v Norwich/Fulham
Ties to be played 25-26 January