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January 12, 2014 1:30 AM SGT
Old Trafford — Manchester
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Manchester United - Swansea City Preview: Moyes searching for first win of 2014

The reigning champions are on their worst run of form since 2001, having lost their last three games in a row, and face who side that knocked them out of the FA Cup

By Alex Fisher

Manchester United have the opportunity to gain swift revenge over Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday when they face Michael Laudrup's men in the Premier League.

David Moyes's side are still seeking a first victory in 2014, having lost each of the three games they have played in January thus far.

One of those defeats came against Swansea in the FA Cup on January 5, when Wilfried Bony's late header secured a maiden win at Old Trafford for the Welsh club and progression to the fourth round.

Although United have now lost four of their last six home matches in all competitions, Swansea manager Laudrup expects a stiff test in the rematch as the reigning Premier League champions seek to respond to criticism.

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"We've shown it is possible [to win] if you believe in it," the Dane told reporters. "In recent games we have played with a lot of confidence and we just needed a win.

"I think it will be more difficult than last week. I expect them to come at us and they have to win this game.

"We have to be ready for that because we know it will be tough."

United currently sit seventh in the English top flight, five points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool and 11 behind leaders Arsenal.

A 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on Tuesday in the first leg of a Capital One Cup semi-final left Moyes frustrated, although he is hopeful that his men can recover.

"I can sense in the dressing room that there's an urge to fight our current position," the Scot told United's official website.

Wayne Rooney could return to the United squad as the club continue to manage his groin problem but Robin van Persie is still unavailable with a thigh injury.

Jonny Evans (knock) and Phil Jones (knee) are in contention but Nani (hamstring) and Marouane Fellaini (wrist) are definitely out.

Swansea's injury crisis is slowly beginning to diminish, although Pablo Hernandez (hamstring), Roland Lamah (abductor), Michel Vorm (knee) and Michu (ankle) remain on the sidelines.


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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Jan 12, 2014 Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 0
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England - FA Cup ‎(FA)‎ Jan 6, 2014 Manchester United 1 - Swansea City 2
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Aug 18, 2013 Swansea City 1 - Manchester United 4
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ May 12, 2013 Manchester United 2 - Swansea City 1
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England - Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ Dec 23, 2012 Swansea City 1 - Manchester United 1
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Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
2RafaelDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
24Darren FletcherMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
44Adnan JanuzajMidfielder
19Danny WelbeckStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
28Alexander BüttnerDefender
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
-Jesse LingardMidfielder
36Wilfried ZahaMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
2Jordi AmatDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
24PozueloMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
10Wilfried BonyStriker
13David CornellGoalkeeper
3Neil TaylorDefender
4ChicoDefender
31L. LucasMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
26ÁlvaroStriker
41Rory DonnellyStriker
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