Manchester United’s unbeaten streak continued on Thursday night in the Manchester Derby. The race for the top four places between United, City and Liverpool has became even tighter with just two points between the three teams with both Man Utd and Man City having a game in hand to Liverpool who currently occupy third place.
Attention turns to Sunday with both Manchester sides in action again. United host Swansea on Sunday afternoon and can be backed at the short odds of 19/50 to take all three points. Swansea are an outsider price of 15/2 to upset the Reds, and the draw is available at 7/2.
Manchester United will have yet another absentee in Marouane Fellaini after he picked up a red card on Thursday night against Man City. In what was a minute of madness for the Belgian, he picked up a quick yellow card for a challenge on Sergio Aguero then proceeded to tackle the City strike again before bumping heads.
Despite United going down to 10 men, they managed to hold on to pick up the point. Fellaini is just another player missing Mourinho’s squad. Ibrahimovic, Mata and Rojo are among a few that make up United’s injury list.
Mourinho will be relying again on the young Marcus Rashford to lead the line this weekend against Swansea. Rashford showed flashes against Man City, but United’s lack of attacking play left the forward frustrated. His pace will be more than worrying for Swansea defenders going into the game, and they will be pushed to keep him off of the scoresheet for 90 minutes.
Despite winning last weekend, Swansea still find themselves in the bottom three and two points away from safety. Anything they can take from Old Trafford will be a big bonus towards their survival campaign. They will know that if they can keep the game within a goal going into the final 15-20 minutes, they will have a great chance to sneak a point or even three.
However, they will be coming up against a Manchester United side that does not know how to lose this season. The top four is now within United’s grasp, and they know they can not afford to drop points this weekend. Three points on Sunday afternoon will put the pressure on Man City and Liverpool to get a result, both of which play after Manchester Untied
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