Match: Swansea City vs Manchester United
Competition: Premier League
Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Date & KO Time: Sat 19th Aug – 12:30BST
Where can you watch it? Sky Sports Premier League
This Premier League fixture has always been a tricky one for Man Utd. In the previous three seasons Man Utd have beaten Swansea twice, drawn once and lost three; two of those loses were at the Liberty Stadium. That’s 7 points out of a possible 18; Man Utd have a better record than that against Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham and have recorded double the amount of points against Liverpool over the same period. This fixture last season Man Utd won 3-1: However, the last time they played the score ended 1-1 at Old Trafford, with Rooney & Sigurdsson both scoring and ironically have both since moved to Everton!
Swansea don’t have as many players out with injuries as our last opponents West Ham, but there are still some notable absentees. Ki Sung-Yeung is out with a knee injury and Dyer has been out with an Achilles injury but is expected back next week so could be starting on the bench tomorrow. Llorente has an arm injury and Britton picked up a knock to the back in last weekend’s match against Southampton but is still expected to start tomorrow.
The long term injuries remain the same with Shaw, Young and Rojo out for a little while longer yet. Young looks the most likely to return soonest out of the three. There are a lot of player who will be well rested as they were left out of playing last weekend against West Ham. However, as we’re only playing one match a week at the moment I don’t think many changes to the team will happen as there needs to be a settled core of players before we hit the busy periods of the season.
Lindelof looks like he’s set for a period of time in the stands watching the game and absorbing the pace of the Premier League and what will be expected of him when he joins the first team in matches. Matic and Lukaku are already well versed in the Premier League so will likely start this weekend.
Predicted Line Ups
The formation I think Swansea will play will remain 4-1-2-3.
I can’t see Swansea changing their starting 11 or formation from last weekend. They’re a team that is in a little bit of trouble at the moment due to injuries to key players as well as selling their prized asset to Everton in the form of Sigurdsson. They haven’t got much strength in depth to rotate and the only change I can potentially see from last weekend is that Swansea could give Mesa his home debut in place of Britton, depending on how bad Britton’s knock was from last week.
The formation I think Man Utd will use will be 4-3-3.
I think it’ll be a very similar line up to the one we saw against West Ham with the only change being Mkhitaryan being swapped for Lingard.
This isn’t a change I would like to see, but I think Mourinho will want to keep a core of players playing regularly together with rotating one or two per game but keep a similar system. We know Mourinho is a fan of Lingard and playing away against a weakened Swansea team would be a safe match to include him in.
Rashford and Lukaku played well together up front together last time out and it’s something that most Man Utd fans would like to see develop. If it’s not Rashford playing there then Martial maybe included from the start, I just have a feeling Mourinho will stick with Rashford for this match and may include Martial from the start against Leicester. There could be worse problems to have!
Still an exciting line up, if this line up proves to be correct.
This is quite a difficult score line to predict. Will Man Utd be as attack minded away from home and will Swansea perform better than expected? I think Man Utd are starting the season strongly and will continue to push on and put pressure on their title rivals. I can’t see Swansea scoring, and can see goals in this Man Utd Squad, so I’ll be going with a 3-0 away win for Man Utd. (Here’s hoping!)
HT Score Prediction – Swansea 0-1 Man Utd
FT Score Prediction – Swansea 0-3 Man Utd
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