Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League suffered a huge setback following a disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw with relegation threatened Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United suffer a double injury setback as Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly became the latest players to head to the treatment room.
Wayne Rooney looked to have won the game for United as he converted a late first half penalty to give United the lead.
But with less than 15 minutes remaining Gylfi Sigurdsson swung in a well taken free-kick to secure the draw for Swansea.
United are now fifth on 65 points in the league table with a game in hand, while Swansea are 18th on 32 points and two points away from safety.
The draw for United also means they’ve set a club record of 25 games unbeaten in a single top-flight season, although they have played 14 draws, 10 at home.
As promised United players wore black armbands in memory of the football fans that died in Calabar, Nigeria recently.
In the ninth minute United were forced into an early change as Shaw went off injured and was replaced by Antonio Valencia.
Swansea almost took the lead on 12 minutes following Bailly’s clearance which came off Sigurdsson and hitting the sidenetting.
United had a chance of their own on 17 minutes through Jesse Lingard off a brilliant pass from Anthony Martial but Lukasz Fabianzki thwarted the danger.
United continued to create chances and went close in the 30th minute through Martial who cut in but his shot was saved by Fabianski.
United eventually took the lead three minutes into first half added time as Rooney converted from the penalty spot after Fabianski was controversially adjudged to have fouled Marcus Rashford.
In the 49th minute United would have doubled their lead but Rooney who found himself in a acres of space saw his goal bound shot hit his own teammate Martial.
United were forced into another change on 59 minutes as Bailly went off injured and was replaced by Matteo Darmian.
Martial would have added a second goal for United in the 62nd minute but his shot was deflected by Federico Fernandez which Fabianski managed to save.
With 15 minutes left Valencia had a chance to get on the score sheet but his fierce shot was palmed away by Fabianski.
Swansea went in search of the equaliser and were rewarded on 79 minutes thanks to a superb free-kick from the edge by Siggurdsson.
United won themselves a free-kick in a very good position in the 89th minute following Fernandez’s foul on Martial but Rashford wasted the opportunity.