Date: 7th May 2012 at 3:15pm
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Playing directly after the Newcastle v Manchester City fixture could have given us a tremendous impetus to go put and do something special.

Instead, with Manchester City winning and virtually securing the title, unless Mark Hughes can get an very unlikely result with his Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday, it had all the feeling of a requiem mass.

What should have been a tremendous occasion was as flat as a pancake as the United support realised that City had done the hard bit and were now firmly in the driving seat as far as the title went.

To claw our way back into the race we`d need a huge swing in goal difference and despite Roberto Mancini kidding nobody but himself that we had an easy fixture and could rack up a 10-0 win, you just knew it was never going to happen.

Instead we had to settle for a 2-0 win with the goals coming in the first half from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young.

Scholes` goal, after 28 minutes, was a goal to grace any occasion with Valencia skipping past Taylor and getting to he touchline before pulling the ball back for Carrick to turn the ball into the six yard area for Scholes to score.

Young`s goal, four minutes before half time came after Rangel charged down a shot from Rooney and Young was on hand to stick away the rebound.

Chasing more goals, United created a huge number of chances but a combination of wayward finishing and some resolute defending meant that Swansea were never really out of this fixture.

You got the impression that Brendan Rodgers excellent ball-playing side felt one goal could lead to another and it was left to the brilliance of David De Gea to keep them at bay.

Manchester City might think that the title was all but won on 6th May but Manchester United supporters know we didn`t lose it yesterday, the two defeats to City, allied with the Wigan defeat and the 4-4 Everton draw come into that particular equation!



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