Swansea City will play host Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon. Man United come into the game in a confident mood after a long run of results that has seen them lose only one game in the last 19.
Man United defended solidly over the past ten games having conceded a mere six goals but the back four isn’t the most solid, usually giving the opposition a couple of really good chances every game. Thankfully for Louis van Gaal, David de Gea has had a tremendous season and saved United’s blushes on many occasions.
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The only absentee being Michael Carrick who is expected to return to training this week after a fairly lengthy lay-off. Phil Jones and Robin van Persie missed the FA Cup game against Preston but van Gaal confirmed their availability for the away trip to Wales which should be a boost for Man United.
Van Persie scored two goals at the Liberty Stadium last time out and if he does make the starting XI, he will be keen to continue his good goal-scoring form against the Welsh side. Ander Herrera and Maroune Fellaini had a solid games against Preston and they are both in line to return to the starting XI.
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The biggest relief for Monk will be the return of creative midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson who should return to the starting XI after serving a three match ban. Wayne Routledge is also fit to play again after recovering from a calf problem that kept him out for five weeks.
Youngster Marvin Emnes is available for Monk after overcoming a hamstring issue. Central defender Kyle Bartley will miss out and is likely to be out for at least six weeks after picking up a knee injury.
Man United will rely heavily again on De Gea, as they have done all season. He has been a star player for them and will continue to be extremely important for the team. In front of him, Marcos Rojo has quietly established himself as the leader in the back line and his composure at the back and passing ability from deep will be very important for United.
Wayne Rooney finally got himself on the score-sheet against Preston after going nine games without a single shot, let alone scoring a goal. He will be looking to get on the score-sheet again this time round and his inter-play with Di Maria will be key to United’s chances in front of goal.
Swansea fans will be delighted to see Sigurdsson back in the starting X after his three game ban. He has been their best player this season along with captain Ashley Williams and goal-keeper Łukasz Fabiański who has kept nine clean sheets in the league, only bettered by Southampton’s Fraser Forster with 12.
United look to continue to build on an improving record away from home after some unfavourable results away from home in the first half of the season. It is of utmost importance that United come away with three points as they cannot afford to lose too many more points this season (bear in mind they are yet to play Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur).
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