United held and lose two more players for European tie


Manchester United’s push for a champion’s league place faltered after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea with Jose Maurinho blaming fatigue rather than the failings of his players for dropping two points st home.

A controversial Wayne Rooney penalty had put the Reds in front just before half time after Marcus Rashford took Jesse Lingard’s pass around Lucasz Fabianski with the young striker making sure his trailing leg made contact with the Swansea keeper, who had kept his arms close to his body.

Referee Neil Swarbrick took his time before pointing to the spot and as Swansea protested.

United should have doubled their lead early in the second half. Rooney looked certain to score from Ander Herrera’s pass but crashed his goal-bound shot against the back of Anthony Martial. 

Swansea always looked dangerous and deservedly levelled with eleven minutes of the game remaining,  Gylfi Sigurdsson curled home a free-kick from 25 yards – the third consecutive League visit the Icelandic player has scored at Old Trafford.

And the visitors should have wrapped up the game minutes later, Llorente failing to connect with the ball with the United goal at his mercy.

To compound a frustrating afternoon  they lost two more defenders, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly, to injuries ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Celta Vigo.