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FA CUP MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Swansea City

Manchester United vs Swansea City

FA Cup, Third Round

Sunday 5 January, 2014

16:30 KO (BST)

Old Trafford, Manchester



The cup is important to me, it always has been… If you’re a club like Manchester United you want to be involved in all the trophy-winning opportunities, and to not win the FA Cup for 10 years is something that’s a bit of a surprise.” – David Moyes.

Growing up as a lad, the FA Cup final was an iconic thing but the run starts on Sunday and hopefully we can progress.” – Tom Cleverley.

It’s always a boost to play at home because you have all the fans behind you so you feel like you have a lot more support in your favour. That said, we know Swansea are a tough side and it will be a tricky game for us.” – David de Gea.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Fabio da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, 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: Wayne Rooney (groin), Rafael da Silva (groin), Phil Jones (knee)

Unavailable: Nani (hamstring), Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Ashley Young (shoulder), Robin van Persie (thigh)

Home record vs Swansea: P10 W8 D2 L0 F22 A7

Home record in FA Cup: P195 W126 D37 L32 F405 A174

Recent form: W W W W W L



We’re giving away far too many goals. They’re pathetic goals really. We need to do better as a team and as a unit at the back.” – Ashley Williams.

Starting XI from: Gerhard Tremmel, Gregor Zabret; Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Neil Taylor, Jordi Amat, Dwight Tiendalli, Angel Rangel; Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan De Guzman, Wayne Routledge, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jose Canas, Roland Lamah; Wilfried Bony, Alvaro, Rory Donnelly

Doubts: Pablo Hernandez (hamstring), Leon Britton (illness)

Unavailable: Michel Vorm (knee), Garry Monk (knee), Nathan Dyer (ankle), Michu (ankle)

Recent form: L D L L D L


Last five meetings

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)

Swansea 0-1 United (19-11-11)



Referee: Mike Dean.

The 45-year-old official has taken charge of 14 Premier League matches so far this season, brandishing 49 yellow cards and 3 red cards. He has thus far awarded 3 penalties, including one in the last Manchester United fixture he took charge of – the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in December. This will be Dean’s first FA Cup match this term.

Assistants: Darren Cann, Stuart Burt.

Fourth Official: John Moss.

Mike Dean Referee


This is the first of a United/Swansea doubleheader, with the two sides meeting in the Premier League, again at Old Trafford, next weekend.

The match will mark the first time the two clubs have met in a cup competition.

Danny Welbeck has scored 2 goals in 2 appearances versus Swansea.

Swansea are on a run of 7 matches (in all competitions) without a win.

United have lost 3 of the last 5 matches at Old Trafford.

Alejandro Pozuelo has made the most appearances for Swansea this season (25).

Wayne Rooney has scored 17 goals in 29 FA Cup fixtures for United.

Swansea have never won a competitive fixture at Old Trafford.

Should he feature, Ryan Giggs will make a 75th FA Cup appearance for Manchester United.

United have won the FA Cup on a record 11 occasions.

Score prediction: United 2-1 Swansea

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