Swansea v Man United – Match Preview
The Swans have suffered back to back defeats to halt their rise up the Premier League table under Michael Laudrup.
There is positive news for them in the Capital One Cup as they relish a two legged tie with Chelsea in the semi-final of the competition in January.
They are currently perched in mid table but they are surprisingly still within sight of the top four and will be aware that a productive Christmas programme could put them in European contention.
United arrive to South Wales in ominous form and will be supremely confident that their great run of form will continue at the Liberty stadium.
Sir Alex Ferguson have secured the maximum points available to them in their last five league outings and he will see no reason why his side can’t extend that run to six wins in six games.
Man United have built their success on their immense firepower scoring a hefty 43 goals already and only Everton and Norwich have kept them at bay.
Swansea welcome back first choice goalkeeper and Dutch International Michel Vorm to the fold with the keeper being out since October. Pablo Hernandez is also set to return after shaking off a calf strain, and Angel Rangel can make it for this one as well. Neil Taylor is the only long term absentee.
Manchester United could have the luxury of welcoming back captain Nemanja Vidic into the starting XI. Rafael is also expected to return after being rested for Sunderland nursing a hamstring issue. Kagawa is also back in training.
15 different players have found the net for Manchester United in the Premier League this season; more than any other side. Swansea will know that they will have to neutralise threats all over the pitch if they are to get a result here.
Prediction: Swansea 2-3 Manchester United
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