Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at home to Swansea City today.
Goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck secured a much-needed three points, but the champions' second-half performance was such that the scoreline could have been considerably better for David Moyes' men.
The first half was a scrappy affair, with Swansea having the better of the game and dominating possession. United's best chance came from Adnan Januzaj, who hit the crossbar with a free-kick, while Danny Welbeck failed to finish off an excellent move down the right.
Swansea controlled the game in the first 45 minutes and may have felt they should have gone in ahead, and that thought would turn to regret when United turned on the style after the interval.
Valencia produced a composed, close-range finish just two minutes after the restart, after an outstanding cross from Januzaj led to a header from Shinji Kagawa being parried into the Ecuadorian's path.
Welbeck doubled United's advantage 12 minutes later, deftly flicking in a Patrice Evra shot.
Chris Smalling should have then made it three but he inexplicably turned the ball over the bar, before Kagawa did the hard work before producing a weak finish that was cleared off the line.
The result means United are seventh, nine points off top spot. Swansea are 13th just three points outside the relegation zone.