On Sunday, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by a robust Swansea City side.
The afternoon started on a bright note for the Red Devils after Patrice Evra headed in a Robin van Persie corner in the 16th minute, before Swansea’s Spanish wizard, Michu, equalized around the half-hour mark.
United went on to heavily dominate the second-half but just couldn’t seem to find a way through the resilience defensive wall put up by the Swans.
Thus, here are the three things that we learned from the stalemate at the Liberty Stadium.
United’s Wingers Failed to Exert the Required Impact
Against Swansea, both of United’s wingmen, namely Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, mustered horrendous displays for the Red Devils.
Not only did Young give away possession way too easily in the final third, the former Aston Villa star also failed to protect Patrice Evra on the left flank.
Valencia, on the other hand, was equally ineffective against the Jacks as the Ecuador international failed to produce even one accurate cross and was completely shut out by the young Ben Davies.
With Nani apparently out with a hamstring injury and the Portuguese likely to be sold in the January transfer window, it is safe to say United need some reinforcements on the wings.
Vidic’s Return a Massive Boost for the Red Devils
On Sunday, Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic made his first Premier League start since September.
Although the Serbian looked a bit shaky at times, his influential presence made the Red Devils’ defence much more compact and organized.
With United set to encounter a taxing holiday period, the 31-year-old’s return comes as a timely boost for Sir Alex Ferguson as his side have thoroughly missed the Vidic’s no-nonsense defending and leadership traits.
Swansea's Set-Piece Problems Look Beyond Repair
As has been their story throughout the season, Swansea yet again looked atrocious while defending set-pieces as Frenchman Patrice Evra easily scored from a corner to hand the Red Devils the lead in the first-half.
Almost two weeks ago, the Swans conceded four goals from set-plays against Norwich, whereas, the likes of West Brom, Tottenham Hotspurs and Everton have also scored from corners or free-kicks against Laudrup’s troops. .
Moreover, even on the offensive front Swansea are unable to productively use this particular mode of attack as 26 of their 27 goals have come from open play.965452