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  • May 12, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: J. Moss
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Kagawa

Van Persie, Chicharito
SWANSEA CITY

Tremmel
Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies

Britton, De Guzman
Routledge, Pablo, Dyer
Shechter

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.

Players to watch

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 16

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Would Sir Alex Ferguson be celebrating a 13th and final Premier League crown without the 25 goals of the Netherlands striker? The £24 million man has been outstanding all season for the Red Devils, and the club’s outgoing manager will be looking for the ex-Arsenal man to convert any chances that come his way as the Champions look to end the season in style.

A. Williams

Position: Defender

Games: 17

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  • 3
  • 0
The Wales and Swansea captain has been a huge presence in the heart of the Swans backline for the past five seasons, but could this be his final year at the Liberty Stadium? With reported interest coming from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, the ex-Stockport man could be entering the final few weeks of his career in south Wales. He would be a big loss for the Swans, with his organisational skills and passing ability a vital part of the club’s make-up, and Michael Laudrup will be hoping his skipper can keep United’s forward line quiet on Sunday afternoon.

Editor's Prediction

Although this match is effectively a dead rubber, Sir Alex Ferguson will not want to end his outstanding reign in the Old Trafford hotseat with a defeat, and his United side should have far too much quality for Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

For their part the Swans have remained competitive in the latter stages of the season despite already claiming a place in Europe, with their win against Wigan on Tuesday having major consequences at the foot of the Premier League.

But they should be easily brushed aside by the English Champions who will want to mark their 20th top-flight crown in style.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester United

Swansea City

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
Draw
Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
87%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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