Premier League champs eliminated from FA Cup after shock 1-2 defeat
Swansea City made history yesterday at Old Trafford when they registered their first ever victory at the venue with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in an FA Cup third round clash.
Man United’s players (in red) look stunned even as Swansea City players celebrate a goal during last night’s FA Cup tie at Old Trafford
The defeat eliminated the reigning English Premier League champions from the tournament. Wayne Routledge (12th minute) opened the scoring for United before Javier Hernandez levelled things four minutes later.
But, an injury time header by Swansea’s Wilfried Bony ensured a pre-mature exit for David Moyes’ men, who are 11 points off the pace in the EPL.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Liverpool both avoided potential FA Cup third-round banana skins yesterday with victories over lower-league opponents, but West Ham United were thrashed 0-5 by Nottingham Forest yesterday.
Chelsea beat in-form Championship side Derby County 2-0, with Liverpool avenging their shock defeat by third-tier Oldham Athletic in last season’s competition with a 2-0 success at Anfield.
Derby fell to second-half goals from John Obi Mikel and Oscar as Chelsea set up a fourth-round tie with Stoke City.
Oscar went close on three occasions, while Ramires saw his shot come off the the left-hand post in the first-half.
As Chelsea continued to labour in the second period, manager Jose Mourinho introduced Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres from the bench, and in the 66th minute the visitors made the breakthrough.
Hazard’s trickery wide on the left yielded a free-kick and from Willian’s in-swinging cross, Mikel glanced home a header. Oscar got on the score-sheet soon, gathering a pass from Hazard and beating Lee Grant at his near post with a powerful shot.
Liverpool will play either Bournemouth or Burton Albion in Round 4 after seeing off Oldham. Lago Aspas scored for Liverpool before a Tarkowski own-goal made it 2-0.