Manchester United vs Swansea City: United’s Starting XI?

Manchester United vs Swansea City: United’s Starting XI?

After a league defeat against Spurs, Manchester United turn their attentions to the more favourable cup competitions where they have seen more consistency this season. This time, it is the turn of Swansea City to visit Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round.

Moyes will be eager to be a force in all competitions this year as he aims to collect his first piece of real silverware as Manchester United manager and as such, I predict we will see a competitive team on Sunday as we aim to return to winning ways once again.


Goalkeeper
Despite there being expectations for Lindegaard to earn a place in goal, I think Moyes is likely to stick with De Gea who has shown he is constantly adapting to the English game this season. It may have been different had we of drawn lower league opposition, but in Swansea, they have shown they know how to find the back of the net, as they did twice against City, so I think Moyes will want to stick with his first choice keeper.


Defence
With Evra being caught out on a number of occasions recently I think we will see Buttner line up in the left back birth, with Rafael on the right. It makes sense to give Evra some rest time whilst we get a further chance to check on the development of Buttner.

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Rafael knows how to get himself forward and should provide some added zest in overlapping the midfield – I think a Rafael/Valencia combination is the most exciting we have at present. Ferdinand isn’t finding game time as easy to come by as he is used to but I think he’ll be our rock at the back alongside Smalling, also giving us the opportunity to deploy Vidic in the more important league games. They might find some fight in the likes of Wilfred Bony who will want to bag himself an Old Trafford goal and a cup upset.


Midfield
Probably the hardest area of the pitch to call for this game. Moyes is keen on making sure he nurtures Januzaj properly, so after starting against Spurs I’m not sure we’ll see him in the starting XI against Swansea.

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I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fletcher be given the nod in centre midfield, with Nani on one wing. It’s probably as likely as seeing a recall for Eric Djemba Djemba as it is Zaha getting a start but we may see him from the bench, with Giggs also in the middle and Valencia on the opposite wing. Could there be an argument to advertise Anderson given the transfer window?


Forward
So, by now we’ve come to realise that Moyes isn’t really that fond of starting with two up front. I also think that in recent weeks, in particular after the Norwich game, he’s come to realise how important Danny Welbeck is for us too – he changed that game and despite only coming on at half time he was named MOTM.

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As such I think he’ll be rested alongside Rooney who we vitally need fit for the second half of the season. I think, and hope, we’ll see Kagawa playing in the hole with that little pea, Hernandez sitting in front of him.

Predicted XI:

De Gea

Rafael Ferdinand Smalling Buttner

Valencia Fletcher Giggs Nani

Kagawa

Hernandez


Who do you think David Moyes will pick in his Manchester United squad to face Swansea City in the FA Cup? Comment in the section below.

18 Comments

  1. If rafael is available then moyes had great chance to see a great game of the twins brother. Just played fabio on left and see the brother wat they can do

  2. I said that because i witness them played in arsenal match in a cup. Sir alex played them and both score or only fabio score but we won 2-0. And the brother were create problem to arsenal that was my favorite match

    • I agree with you,i believe a fit Anderson can do more than a fit Giggs in our 2-man midfield.Swansea would be playing a 3-man midfield so we need someone who can be up there.Carrick-Fletcher looks more likely though.

  3. Firstly we need to buy a event midfielder to get uz thro second half of season otherwise we will not be in champions league next season this is a fact Anderson should defo get a start like sum else stated a fit Anderson is better than a fit giggs we need a bulldog and giggs hasn’t got legs for that but don’t get me wrong he still a class player just saying he carnt run around as much and just 1 last thing we need to get the little pea more games because a world class striker like him will not just sit in the bench !!!!

  4. De gea
    rafael
    fabio
    smalling
    evans

    zaha
    carrick
    Fletcher
    januzi

    kagawa
    chic pea
    about time old guard kicked out too many mistakes moyes needs to grow a pair and take a chance before season is completely fucked

  5. De gea
    Fabio smalling vidic buttner
    zaha Kagawa Anderson nani
    Hernandez wellbeck

    but this will never be played… 🙁

    moyes just ain’t got the guts to attack

  6. With two games within two days, following on from a busy Christmas/New Year period, Moyes will pick close to two different sides for the Swansea and Sunderland games.

    It then depends on his priorities and which fixture he sees as the more important as to whom he selects.

    Every fit first teamer should figure somewhere, even those mysterious, shadowy, neo-mythical characters known as Zaha and Fabio. Zaha was allegedly bought for millions by Sir Alex, but since then he has failed to join the inner circle of Moyes Boys. Fabio is reputed to be the twin brother of Raphael, however many think that there is only one of them, as they are not seen together in the same team at the same time.

    Might even see some of the returned loanees eg Lingard appear somewhere.

  7. Yeah finally wat i said about solskjaer has come true. His first victory against newcastle. Many surprised shock will come soon. Go solskjaer

  8. First charged and first win. Its better than moyes. United owner should regret breaking fan trust by accepting sir alex choosen one instead of our legend ole gunnar solskjaer

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