Manchester United travel to South Wales on Saturday afternoon where they face Swansea City at the Liberty stadium.
United set the tone in the Premier League last weekend by thrashing West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford, they will be looking for more of the same against the Swans, who failed to score in their first game against Southampton which ended 0-0.
Against West Ham the Reds displayed an almost perfect performance, Nemanja Matic gave a man of the match performance on his debut, with Romelu Lukaku smashing home two debut goals alongside Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba who also scored. Martial didn’t feature for long against the Hammers, but upon his introduction he scored and assisted within minutes – giving him every reason to start against Swansea.
Swansea’s opening game was much less eventful as they played out a goalless draw against Southampton at St Mary’s. But it has to be noted that Southampton are a very good side, and perhaps Paul Clement’s men will be happy with a clean sheet. As far as United are concerned, the Swans have never kept a clean sheet against them in the Premier League. United have often found themselves struggling against Swansea in recent times, particularly away from home, the game on Saturday will be a big test for Mourinho’s side, who will be desperate to come home with all 3 points.
As expected, Jose Mourinho has trio Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo unavailable for the match due to injury. Swansea could be set to see the return of last season’s top scorer Fernando Llorente after the striker missed all of pre-season and the opening game of the season with a broken arm, his return would certainly be a huge boost. Midfielders Ki Sung-Yeung and Nathan Dyer are still injured, whilst star player Gylfi Sigurdsson has officially moved to Everton in a £45m deal – a huge blow for the Swans. Sigurdsson has always been a stunning footballer, but the Icelandic always seemed to save the best for United, being directly involved in six goals in his last six Premier League games against the Reds (three goals, three assists).
Swansea narrowly avoided the drop last season after seeing three managers through the door. Paul Clement was the latest of those, and his arrival saw an upturn in fortune and form, which saw them record four wins from the last five games, ensuring their Premier League status. Off the back of last season’s heroics, the Swans are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches (W4 D2 L0) – United will hope to end that streak, but Swansea are a forceful club at home, while Mourinho’s men can be very sloppy away from Old Trafford having only scored one away goal in four league games.
Jose Mourinho’s men will want to continue their opening day domination against West Ham by downing Swansea and taking all 3 points. The game won’t necessarily be a walk in the park, but United should prove to be too much for the Swans.
Valencia – Jones – Bailly – Blind
Pogba – Herrera
Mkhitaryan – Lukaku – Martial
Predicted score – Swansea City 1-3 United.