Swansea vs Manchester United: Match preview and predicted line-ups
Premier League football is back upon our TV screens over the weekend, for the last time in a fortnight as another international break looms. One of the most intriguing fixtures is Swansea hosting Manchester United, as both sides go into the game in a real poor run of form, with both Bob Bradley and Jose Mourinho looking for a drastic improvement from their players.
Swansea were the first club in the Premier League to push the panic button and sack their manager. Bob Bradley came in, and things don’t really seemed to have changed for the Welsh club. On Monday Night Football, Stoke City beat them 3-1, and before that a 0-0 draw away at Watford failed to help them claw out of the bottom three. They currently sit in nineteenth.
Manchester United’s away form recently has been nothing short of appalling. Last time out they got hammered by Fenerbahce and their league form as a whole has been nothing short of dire. The club are without a win in four Premier League games, with three draws and that damning defeat against Chelsea really summing things up for the Reds.
Swansea City predicted starting XI Manchester United predicted starting XI
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The Swansea fans will be desperate to get some points on the board here, and playing Manchester United at this point in time isn’t the worst thing in the world. Their starting eleven looks strong. Fernando Llorente will definitely be a handful, and with talented players like Leroy Fer, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Routledge in behind, that United defence will have problems.
Manchester United’s squad is looking a mess after the injuries. Michael Carrick will start the game as that protector of the back four, which will allow more freedom for the creative players in the side like Juan Mata. Despite poor performances, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the line. Marcus Rashford quite clearly needs a bit of a rest, and he’ll likely start on the bench.
Suspensions and injuries
Swansea City have a few injury concerns going into this one, which obviously won’t help Bob Bradley’s case. The Swans are sweating on the fitness of Kyle Naughton as he has an illness at the moment. On top of that, Jefferson Montero and Nathan Dyer both have ankle injuries and are likely to be kept on the sidelines.
On the injury front, it hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho is without both Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia for the long-term. There is also a concern about Chris Smalling’s foot problem – leaving them extremely thin at the back. On top of that, things were compounded in the middle of the week when Paul Pogba limped off with a leg issue against Fenerbahce. Ander Herrera will also be missing due to that red card he picked up at the weekend.
It’s a tough one to call all things considered. Both sides are in shocking form at the moment, and I just don’t see where a winner will come from in this match. I’ll go for a boring 0-0 draw, with the United fans’ frustration growing further.
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