After a few early chances yesterday, United looked absolutely dreadful for the majority of the first half. They were slow, they were pressed by Swansea whenever in possession but didn’t put the away side under anything like the same pressure, their passing was poor, when they got in to the final third they didn’t know what to do, amongst a whole host of other things.
When they emerged from the tunnel for the second half though they played like a different team. A minute after the restart United were 1-0 up, with Adnan Januzaj and Shinji Kagawa swapping place, but both combining to create that goal for Antonio Valencia.
“He felt we could get down the left and made a subtle change by moving Adnan out there and Shinji in behind the striker,” explained the midfielder. “He also told us to raise the tempo, press a little bit quicker in their half and not let them get into their rhythm of passing the ball because they are one of the best passing teams in the league. We knew the right-back was on a yellow card so that [moving Januzaj to left wing] was an opportunity to get at him because he couldn’t give away too many fouls or else he would run the risk of getting a red card.”