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Both sides were beaten on New Year's Day but our tipster is backing the Red Devils' free-scoring front man to put his side back on track in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon

Manchester United and Swansea began 2014 in disappointing fashion as they tasted defeat in the Premier League on New Year’s Day so both sides will be eager to bounce back when they clash in the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

David Moyes’ men slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur – United’s fourth home loss in the Premier League this term – but are chalked up as 4/11 (1.36) favourites with bet365 to see off the Swans this weekend.

Michael Laudrup’s side were beaten 3-2 by Manchester City and are available at a chunky 15/2 (8.50) with bet365 to send the Red Devils spinning out of the competition while the same firm go 15/4 (4.75) that the tie goes to a replay at Liberty Stadium.

Swansea have failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions and, having won just one of their last 10 matches away from home this season, they face a stiff test against the Premier League champions this weekend.

Prior to Wednesday’s defeat against Spurs, Manchester United had enjoyed six successive victories in all competitions and the hosts can be trusted to justify favouritism against the struggling Swans on Sunday afternoon.

The 10/11 (1.91) quote from bet365 for the hosts to lead at both half-time and full-time appears to represent decent value while the same firm also offer 10/11 (1.91) for United (-1) in the handicap market - a selection that could prove popular with punters.

United ran out as 4-1 winners when the sides met at Liberty Stadium on the opening day of the league season and the Swans’ defensive frailties are sure to be a cause of concern for Michael Laudrup ahead on Sunday afternoon’s clash.

Swansea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 outings in all competitions and the home side can get amongst the goals this weekend.

Danny Welbeck has been in fine form the Red Devils, having bagged five goals in his last six matches and the juicy 7/5 (2.40) quote from bet365 for the 23-year-old England striker to net at any time represents outstanding value and should be backed accordingly by punters this weekend.

Danny Welbeck to score at any time at 7/5 (2.40) 1pt stake with bet365

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