After successfully getting into the group stage of Champions League, Louis van Gaal will shift his focus back to the domestic league with a trip to the Liberty Stadium in Wales. Memphis Depay has shown great promise for the Red Devils in the midweek fixture against Club Brugge and the fans will want to see more from the ex-PSV winger.
Gary Monk will not be complaining too much about his team’s start to the campaign as they are yet to lose a game. A win and two draws see his team in the 6th place early in the league. They will be a tough unit to beat at home and United will have to produce a good performance to get anything from the match. This article is a preview of the Swansea City vs Manchester United match. We have included team news and the predictions as well.
The match between Swansea and Manchester United will be played on Sunday the 30th of August at the Liberty Stadium. The kickoff is scheduled at 4 pm BST (8:30 pm IST).
Gary Monk has a fully fit squad to choose from for this match against United. He will bank on his starting XI to produce the goods on the day.
Manchester United will miss Jones and Januzaj for the game against Swansea. Both the players are injured and unavailable for selection. Victor Valdez who is still a member of the Red Devils will also not be available because of the speculations surrounding his future at the club. Fellaini will be available for selection after he completed the three-match ban he received on the last day of the previous season.
Gary Monk’s team is one of the few teams who are still un-beaten in the early days of the Premier League. He has some good memories playing against Manchester United as his team completed the double over Van Gaal’s side last season. Mid-fielder, Jonjon Shelvy has created (13) more chances than anyone else in the Premier League so far.
He will be raring to take on the team from Manchester who are yet to concede a goal in the league. However, United showed vulnerability at the back in the first two games and a stern test from the new man Ayew alongside Siggurdson and Gomis may pose some problems to the United defense. However, Wayne Rooney comes to light with a sublime hat-trick in the midweek and will eye his first Premier League goal this season.
The midfield of Mata, Fellaini and Depay aided by Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin poses a lot of threat and will put a lot of pressure on the Swansea midfield. The defense has been shaky for the Swans and United may just take advantage of it on Sunday. It will be a good battle of two different brands of football and the fact that anything can happen this early in the season makes it an interesting encounter.
Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvy, Ayew, Siggrudson, Montero, Gomis
Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Fellaini, Memphis, Rooney
The Red Devils showed their attacking prowess in the games against Brugge as they beat them with an aggregate of 7-1 in the two ties. If they are able to move the ball quickly, Swansea may well have a huge night ahead of them when the two teams meet.
Our Prediction: Swansea 0-2 Manchester United