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  • 19 November 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 20295
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Swansea City - Manchester United Preview: Hosts looking to maintain unbeaten home run when they face Sir Alex Ferguson's champions

The newly promoted side have conceded only one goal at the Liberty Stadium all season and have never been beaten by the Red Devils on home turf in their history


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor
Dyer, Britton, Gower, Sinclair
Allen
Graham
MANCHESTER UNITED
 
De Gea
Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra
Nani, Fletcher, Rooney, Park
Hernandez, Welbeck
Brendan Rodgers will have to make do without Ferrie Bodde, as the midfielder is still recovering after undergoing surgery. Alan Tate also remains on the sidelines owing to an odd golfing accident that saw him end up with a broken leg.

Stephen Dobbie (ankle) and Steven Caulker (knee) are both doubts, with the latter believed to be unlikely to make it in time for this fixture.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has a fair amount of injury worries, with Darron Gibson (ankle), Michael Owen (thigh), and Chris Smalling (toe) currently on the sidelines, although Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young have been tipped for returns.

Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs, Rafael and Anderson are doubts for this clash as they are still regaining fitness following their respective injuries, with the lengthy list of absentees likely forcing Sir Alex to use Wayne Rooney in midfield again.

 DID YOU KNOW?

  • Swansea City are undefeated at home in the Premier League this season, having won three and drawn two of their five games at the Liberty Stadium.
  • The Swans have also conceded only one goal at home in the league this campaign, with no other team having a better defensive record.
  • This match will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Premier League era. The last time they locked horns was back in 1983 when Frank Stapleton and Bryan Robson scored one each to give the Red Devils a 2-1 victory.
  • Manchester United have played Swansea 16 times during the course of their history, but have never been able to beat the opposition away from home.
  • But Sir Alex Ferguson's players are currently undefeated on their travels this season and have scored 10 goals. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have scored more.
  • United have scored one or more goals in their last 14 league games, but they have scored only one goal in each of their last four matches.
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Players to watch

M. Vorm

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The goalkeeper has experienced good times at the Liberty Stadium this season, but he may need to up his performance by another notch if the Swans are to keep a clean sheet.

W. Rooney

Position: Attacker

Games: 9

  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
The England international has shone in his new role in midfield, and his attacking skills will likely be necessary for the visitors to breach the defensive walls of the opposition.

Editor's Prediction

Manchester United are the better side, but Swansea have been stubborn on their own turf. The visitors' quality, as well as the the fear of Manchester City getting away, should propel Sir Alex Ferguson's men to snatch three points.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

Manchester United

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
91%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU
Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU

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