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Darren Fletcher: Tactical changes worked a treat

Published 11/01/2014 | 20:01

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck celebrates after scoring his team's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 11, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Manchester United's Danny Welbeck celebrates after scoring his team's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford

Darren Fletcher felt a raising of the tempo in the second half against Swansea allowed Manchester United to end their horror run.

The Premier League champions have been out of form and had lost three games in a row before they found a way to beat the Swans 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck got the goals within 14 minutes of the second half starting and midfielder Fletcher felt the win was a reward for a change of approach.

"We raised the tempo in the second half," he told Sky Sports 1.

"Swansea like to keep the ball and are one of the best teams in the league. There was a slight tactical change too, with Adnan Janujaz going out to the left and Shingi (Kagawa) in behind the striker.

"It worked and we went on to win the game."

Janujaz was key to that, with the teenager excelling, not for the first time this season.

"He's a young lad who has come in and been a revelation," Fletcher said of the 18-year-old.

"We know their right-back (Angel Rangel) was on a yellow and wanted to get the ball to him as much as we could."

Janujaz made a rare appearance in front of the cameras and added: "We got the three points, the team won and we all did well. I hope we keep going. I just play my game and do my best."

Fletcher is still returning to full fitness and form after a long illness and said: "I think there is more to come. I am relying on experience at the minute. I am happy to be contributing and the team are winning."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admitted Valencia's goal was the key moment.

"They scored after 90 seconds (of the second half)," he said.

"It's always nice to score, always a good moment, but there are better moments than others. It really hurt us. The better moments are before or after half-time.

"We controlled the first half and knew Man United had three consecutive losses and may be a little nervous. That goal was the difference."

The headline above all, though, will be a relieving win for David Moyes.

The Scot has been weighed down by comparisons to the reign of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson all week, but was able to smile again.

"We played well but didn't do enough in the first half," he said.

"We limited them to few opportunities and in the end we got the result we deserved.

"Adnan played well as a number 10 against Sunderland and we started him there but put him out wide and I thought that worked much better.

"I told them at half-time to work harder and create more chances."

Moyes refused to add any extra significance to the win, though, saying: "It's the same size as any other. You only get three points."

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