Once upon a time, the result in this game would have been a foregone conclusion. However, with Manchester United experiencing a well-publicised stutter, there’s no doubt that Swansea will be travelling to Old Trafford full of confidence and under the belief that they can net a result and improve on their position of 13th.
The fact that respected pundit Robbie Savage has recently said in his column that Manchester United need to shift twelve players and spend £200m to get back to their best highlights the problems that David Moyes has to contend with. While Moyes has come in for a considerable amount of criticism, a lot of people appreciate that this downturn in fortunes for United isn’t just due to a transitional period – the United squad has been aging for a considerable amount of time and needs an overhaul. At the moment, the Red Devils sit in 7th place although with five points separating them from 4th spot, their Champions League aspirations certainly aren’t out of sight. Funnily enough, it was just one week ago that this exact same fixture took place, with United crashing out of the FA Cup after Swansea stole a 2-1 win. That happened to be their second successive loss at home, and their fourth in six games. As such, it will be interesting to see how Moyes’ men cope with this next test at Old Trafford.
Apart from that victory over United last week, Swansea’s form over recent times has actually been really poor. The Swans are without a victory in the league in their last six attempts, which means for the first time in many a year Michael Laudrup’s side are looking over their shoulder. Just four points separate them from the bottom three and you therefore have to wonder how seriously Laudrup will take the current transfer window. The fact that they also have just one away win in their last six, coincidently from that game at Old Trafford, also suggests that the Liberty Stadium outfit are in a rut.
In terms of team news, Manchester United will still be without Wayne Rooney as he continues to struggle with a groin injury. It doesn’t get much better at the back for the home outfit either, with Jonny Evans classed as doubtful after being forced off in the club’s last game against Sunderland. Swansea also arrive with their problems though, with Michael Vorn again unavailable as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. Pablo Hernandez and Roland Lamah are also absent, with respective hamstring and abductor problems keeping them out.
Manchester United may have fallen victim to their opponents last week, but we just don’t foresee the same occurring this time around. On paper, the United squad is still vastly superior to their opponents and with that, our tip is a 2-0 win for David Moyes’ side.