United goes club-record 25 games unbeaten but draw is costly
ABS-CBN Sports on May 01, 2017 03:19 AM
FILE - Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, left is substituted by Manchester United's team manager Jose Mourinho during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, Sunday, April 16, 2017.(AP Photo/ Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Gylfi Sigurdsson's free kick dented Manchester United's Champions League hopes as Swansea drew 1-1 Sunday at Old Trafford to enhance its Premier League survival bid.
It was a deflating way for fifth-placed United to set a club record unbeaten streak: 25 matches dating back to Oct. 23. A more important statistic is the 14 league games they have drawn this season, 10 in front of their own fans.
Swansea, though, is now only two points from safety with three games to go.
Marcus Rashford's contentiously won penalty just before halftime, converted by Wayne Rooney, had given United control of the match but Sigurdsson bent the ball home in the 79th minute.
"We didn't look exhausted. We are exhausted," United manager Jose Mourinho said. "If some people want to analyze the performance, do it in context. Nine matches in April, with a squad of 22. We are very tired so I don't take the performance out of context."
There was further bad news for United's overworked medical staff, with Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly picking up injuries to join a cluttered treatment room.
Mourinho, already missing a host of first-teamers, made four changes from Thursday's derby draw against Manchester City, with Rooney, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Shaw recalled.