Manchester United - Swansea City Preview: Must-win clash for champions after slipping behind City
Sir Alex Ferguson's men aim to bounce back from Monday's crucial derby defeat when they host Brendan Rodgers' impressive side in their final home game of the season
By Gill Clark
Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani
Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor
Dyer, Sigurdsson, Sinclair
Manchester United have injury problems, with Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck both in the treatment room and joining Paul Pogba, Anderson, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher on the sidelines.
Chicharito should start up front in place of Welbeck, whilst Antonio Valencia could also return to the starting XI after only featuring as a substitute against Manchester City.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is also available after injury and should make the bench.
Swansea City also have their own injury worries and will be without Kemy Agustien, Ferrie Bodde and Andrea Orlandi for the trip to Old Trafford.
Defender Angel Rangel is a doubt with a hamstring problem, but is expected to be fit, and Brendan Rogers will be hoping Leon Britton can shrug off a knee problem, while Alan Tate has recovered from a calf injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester United’s defeat to neighbours City on Monday saw the champions fail to register a shot on target in a game for the first time in almost three years.
- The champions’ 1-0 victory at Swansea back in November saw the Red Devils become the first visiting club to win at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League this season.
- Manchester United have won just once in their last four games (against Aston Villa), in a run that has seen them pick up just four points from a possible 12 available.
- Wayne Rooney (pictured right) has scored as many Premier League goals this season (26) as the entire Swansea team have managed at home in the league.
- Rooney will make his 250th Premier League appearance on Sunday; he has scored 198 career goals.
- Swansea City have lost 10 games away from home this season. In the Premier League only QPR and Bolton have lost more.
- The Swans have never won at Old Trafford. In eight attempts they have lost six and drawn twice.
- Striker Danny Graham has scored more goals this season (13) than both Chicharito (12) and Danny Welbeck (12).
- Brendan Rodgers’ side are on a poor run, having won just once in their last seven games (at home against struggling Blackburn).
- Last time out they squandered a 3-0 lead to draw 4-4 with Wolves. Some consolation for the Swans came in the shape of Andrea Orlandi's goal which, after 22 seconds, became the quickest in the Premier League this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 8-0 Swansea City
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Manchester United 3-0 Swansea City
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Manchester United 4-0 Swansea City
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|England - Premier League (EPL)||11 Jan 2014||Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0|
|England - FA Cup (FA)||5 Jan 2014||Manchester United 1 - Swansea City 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||17 Aug 2013||Swansea City 1 - Manchester United 4|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||12 May 2013||Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||23 Dec 2012||Swansea City 1 - Manchester United 1|
|20 Apr 2014||Everton 2 - Manchester United 0||EPL|
|9 Apr 2014||FC Bayern München 3 - Manchester United 1||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||Newcastle United 0 - Manchester United 4||EPL|
|1 Apr 2014||Manchester United 1 - FC Bayern München 1||UCL|
|29 Mar 2014||Manchester United 4 - Aston Villa 1||EPL|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
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