Manchester United v Swansea City
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
KO: 16:00 (GMT), Sunday 6th May 2012
Referee: Chris Foy
By Paul Bienkowski
Monday night was a big blow for Manchester United! Losing at the Etihad, in the Manchester derby, which had been the biggest in recent years. The title race has again been blown wide open yet again, this time the title is in the hands of the noisy neighbours, and it’s theirs to lose!
I personally do not like to rely on other teams, or luck in a title race, but that is all United fans have in my opinion. The team have not performed to the best of their abilities and some say the main cause of the defeat was our tactics. United had a good starting line up on Monday night but all they were doing was defending and shortly before half time, Vincent Kompany scored, which turned out to be the match winner, all United could do was defend. The thing that gets to me most is that we never even had a shot on target!! After the start of the season United had, where did that team go?
Now all United can do is play their remaining 2 games and hope for City to slip up again. I can see this title going to the final day of the season and I still believe United will grasp their 20th league title. Some say I am optomistic, but I just don’t see City winning and I really could be wrong! I have maintained my thoughts from the start of the season.
Swansea have been the best newly promoted side this season, they were undefeated at the Liberty Stadium before United visited, and went away with a slim 1-0 victory. Swansea are an attacking side and have scalped a few of the top teams, both home and away, this season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that both Danny Welbeck, who was injured on Monday night, and Jonny Evans, who was injured in training, will miss the last home game of the season, which is a blow to United. I hope to see Dimitar Berbatov play his last game at Old Trafford in a United shirt, alongside Wayne Rooney. I also feel Antonio Valencia needs to start if United want any good chance to wreak havoc on Swansea and try and claw up some of the goal difference that City hold to their advantage.
I feel United will end with 3 points, but will it be enough to keep the pressure on City. They play Newcastle away before United kick off, so the team and the fans will know what is achievable once the final whistle has blown at the Sports Direct Arena.
All I can say is……..COME ON UNITED!!!!
Match Facts – Manchester United
- Last 10 league game form – LDWLWWWWWW
- Last 5 league home game form – DWWWW
- Last 5 home games they have taken 13 points out of 15
- Scored 23 goals in their last 10 league games, conceding 7
- Top scorer in the league is Wayne Rooney on 26 goals
- Top assists in the league is Antonio Valencia on 13
- Have only played Swansea 1 time in the Premier League, winning that game, however we have played Swansea 17 times in total in all competitions (winning 7, drawing 4 & losing 6)
- 6 clean sheets in their last 10 league games
- Score an average of 2.39 goals per game and concede 0.92 goals per game
- Achieved a clean sheet in 50% of their games
- David De Gea has had 12 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season
- 4th in Premier League Fair Play table
- 2nd in the Barclays Premier League with 83 points
Match Facts – Swansea City
- Last 10 league game form – DDWLLLLWWW
- Last 5 league away game form – DLLWW
- Last 5 away games they have taken 7 points out of 15
- Scored 15 goals in their last 10 league games & conceded 15
- Top scorer in the league is Danny Graham on 11 goals
- Top assists in the league is Wayne Routledge on 7
- Never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League (only 1 game so far)
- 4 clean sheets in their last 10 league games
- Score an average of 1.19 goals per game and concede 1.36 goals per game
- Have achieved a clean sheet in 36% of their games
- has had 15 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season
- 1st in Premier League Fair Play table
- 12th in the Barclays Premier League table with 44 points
Team News – Manchester United
De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Fabio, Evra, Valencia, Nani, Park, Scholes, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Hernandez, Berbatov, Owen
Injuries/Doubts: Evans, Welbeck, Vidic, Pogba, Anderson, Fletcher
Star Man: Antonio Valencia
Team News – Swansea City
Vorm, Tremmel, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Monk, Davies, Britton, Orlandi, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, McEachran, Allen, Gower, Sigurdsson, Graham, Lita, Moore, Thomas
Star Man: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Match Prediction: Manchester United 5 – 0 Swansea City
By Paul Bienkowski