Manchester United vs Swansea City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 11 January, 2014
17:30 KO (BST)
Old Trafford, Manchester
“There are a lot of players who have come into the club who have only known winning. It is a test of character but I am fully confident we will come through it and we will be okay. I have said many times over the years, the defeats and losses generate a bigger feeling than winning things. It sticks with you a lot longer. You have to react and you have to try and do something about it.” – Ryan Giggs.
“I’ve been amazed by the love and support from the fans. I’m really grateful for the support and when the fans are behind us it helps us to perform well, to rally in big matches and to be successful.” – David de Gea.
“Not winning can obviously affect your confidence. We just need to be a bit more clinical in final third. We’ve not been scoring enough recently.” – David Moyes.
Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez
Doubts: Phil Jones (knee), Jonny Evans (back)
Unavailable: Nani (hamstring), Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Ashley Young (shoulder), Robin van Persie (thigh), Rio Ferdinand (knee), Wayne Rooney (groin), Fabio da Silva (suspension)
Home record: P10 W4 D2 L4 F12 A10 Pts14
Home form: W W L L W L
Home record vs Swansea: P11 W8 D2 L1 F23 A9
“Manchester United will come out and have a real go at us. This is a game they want to win, they have to win this game and we must be ready for that. Football can change in a very short space of time. If they beat us, win their next game then beat Sunderland 1-0 in their second leg, suddenly they’re back near the top four in the league and in a final at Wembley.” – Michael Laudrup.
“We know it will be a different game from the cup but we will be ready. We will go there looking to win.” – Wilfried Bony.
Starting XI from: Gerhard Tremmel, Gregor Zabret; Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Neil Taylor, Jordi Amat, Angel Rangel; Jonjo Shelvey, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jose Canas, Roland Lamah; Wilfried Bony, Alvaro, Rory Donnelly
Unavailable: Michel Vorm (knee), Garry Monk (knee), Nathan Dyer (ankle), Michu (ankle), Dwight Tiendalli (hamstring), Jonathan De Guzman (calf), Pablo Hernandez (hamstring)
Away record: P10 W3 D2 L5 F8 A11 Pts11
Away form: L W L D L D
Last five meetings
United 1-2 Swansea (05-01-14)
Swansea 1-4 United (17-08-13)
United 2-1 Swansea (12-05-13)
Swansea 1-1 United (23-12-12)
United 2-0 Swansea (06-05-12)
Referee: Chris Foy.
The 51-year-old official has taken charge of 11 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 30 yellow cards and 1 red card. He has awarded 4 penalties. Oversaw United’s 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light back in October.
Assistants: P Kirkup, J Flynn.
Fourth Official: R Madley.
Should he feature, Nemanja Vidic will make a 200th league start for Manchester United.
In all competitions, United have lost four of the last six matches at Old Trafford.
Alejandro Pozuelo has made the most appearances for Swansea this season (26).
Before last weekend, Swansea had never won a competitive fixture at Old Trafford.
Danny Welbeck has scored five goals in his last five Premier League matches.
Wilfried Bony has scored two goals in two matches against United this season.
Swansea have won just five of their twenty matches played in the Premier League this season.
Only Aston Villa (46) and Stoke (41) have earned more yellow cards than United (41) this season.
United have averaged 2.28 Premier League points per game in January – more than any other side.
At Old Trafford, United have scored more than one goal only once in the last seven matches.
United and Swansea are two of four sides (along with Spurs and Villa) to have won more matches away from home than at home this season.
United 4/9 Draw 100/300 Swansea 6/1
Score prediction: United 1-1 Swansea