Manchester United - Swansea Preview: Champions to lift trophy in Sir Alex Ferguson's final home game
The Red Devils will lift the Premier League trophy for the 13th time of the legendary manager's reign on Sunday, as the Scot takes charge of his final match at Old Trafford
By Rhys Turrell
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Sir Alex Ferguson has few injury and suspension problems to deal with as he prepares to name his final Manchester United starting XI for a game at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney, however, may well not feature as speculation continues to mount about his future at Old Trafford - the 27-year-old reportedly asked to leave the club a fortnight ago.
The Premier League champions will be without right-back Rafael (suspended) after he saw red for a kick at Brazil team-mate David Luiz in their home game with Chelsea last time out.
Danny Welbeck (knee) missed Sunday’s clash with the Blues, but could be set to return to the first team squad, however, Ashley Young (ankle) and Darren Fletcher (illness) are out for the rest of the season.
Michael Laudrup, a leading candidate to replace Ferguson's successor David Moyes at Everton, looks likely to be without leading goalscorer Michu (hamstring) for the Swans’ trip to the north west.
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm (head) is a severe doubt after suffering a nasty clash of heads during Tuesday’s win over Wigan, whilst midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng (dead leg) may return after missing the past two games.
Chico Flores (calf) and Roland Lamah (hamstring) could both return to the first-team squad.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- After 1,498 games in charge of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson (right) will take charge of a game at Old Trafford for the final time on Sunday afternoon. He's won 894 of those, with 337 draws and 267 defeats.
- The Scot has already wrapped up a 13th Premier League crown - the 20th overall for United - and they will lift the trophy in front of their fans at Old Trafford after the clash with the Swans.
- Two wins in their last two games would see United finish with 91 points and equal their second-highest points total in the Premier League era which they earned in the 1999/00 season. Their all-time high is the 94 points they claimed when winning the title for a second consecutive season in 1993/94.
- Swansea striker Itay Shechter's goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Wigan on Tuesday was his first club goal since scoring for Bundesliga side Kaiserlautern in October 2011 - more than 18 months ago.
- The south Wales club can guarentee a top-half finish with a win. After 36 games they have one point fewer than the 47 points they managed last season, when they finished 11th.
- Michael Laudrup's men, along with eighth-placed West Brom, are the only sides in the top flight to have a goal difference of nil. No side since Tottenham in 2008-09 has finished the season with a level goals for and against tally.
Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 3-0 Swansea City
- 24 %
Manchester United 2-0 Swansea City
- 15.76 %
Manchester United 3-1 Swansea City
- 11.51 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||11-Jan-2014||Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||05-Jan-2014||Manchester United 1 - Swansea City 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||17-Aug-2013||Swansea City 1 - Manchester United 4|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||12-May-2013||Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||23-Dec-2012||Swansea City 1 - Manchester United 1|
|08-Mar-2014||West Bromwich 0 - Manchester United 3||EPL|
|26-Feb-2014||Olympiakos Piraeus 2 - Manchester United 0||UCL|
|22-Feb-2014||Crystal Palace 0 - Manchester United 2||EPL|
|13-Feb-2014||Arsenal 0 - Manchester United 0||EPL|
|09-Feb-2014||Manchester United 2 - Fulham 2||EPL|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
|20||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
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