United ease past Swansea after stunning Lingard brace

Hope Soto
October 25, 2017

It was a strong response from the Red Devils after Saturday's shock setback against Huddersfield Town.

Mourinho said: "We were in the game from the first minutes, pressing and forcing things, the attitude was good".

United showed attacking intent right from the off, first Chris Smalling headed wide from a Marcus Rashford corner, before Lingard produced the first effort on target of the evening - a driven shot from outside the area, which Kristoffer Nordfeldt had to push over the bar. Left with a one-on-one, the England global curled his shot past Nordfeldt and into the bottom corner. United had to be satisfied with the two goals and a place in the next round of the competition. Manchester United began to provide somewhat of a threat on the counter but it was the home side who had the best chance just before half time when young striker McBurnie fired over the bar.

Specifically, it's a fourth round meeting between Swansea City FC and the red-favouring team from Manchester known, of course, as Manchester United.

Thankfully a goal came without the need of a substitution, but for Swansea it made the task of getting back into the game that much harder.

And just 21 minutes into the game Lingard gave United the lead with a superb flick after Rashford set him up for a one on one with the keeper.

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He placed a header from the edge of the box perfectly to convert a Matteo Darmian cross.

With Spurs on the horizon at the weekend, Jose Mourinho is expected to try to freshen up his side, with key players like David de Gea, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia and Romelu Lukaku expected to be rested.

As the clock ticked down it became a simple battle between Swansea's attackers and United's defence, and this was a conflict that the visitors were always destined to win.

However, the hosts couldn't penetrate United's defence, and the visitors collected a simple victory to progress to the quarter-finals.

Paul Clement's side are struggling for consistency and lost out to Leicester at the weekend, leaving them with just 4 point from their last possible 15 in the Premier League. Having started the season in blistering form it will be worrying for Jose Mourinho that his side have look so uninspiring of late.

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