Photos: Manchester United's five key players against Swansea

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We take a look at the five players who could make the difference when Manchester United come up against Swansea City.

Manchester United take on Swansea City this weekend with Louis van Gaal’s side knowing they can close the gap on second-placed Manchester City to just two points.

It is no secret United have struggled at times this season, but to be within touching distance of the reigning Premier League champions tells its own story and they could still finish the season very strongly.

Swansea are never easy opponents and United will have to be at their best to get three points at the Liberty Stadium.

Here are five United players who will be key in their latest encounter:

Wayne Rooney

The United skipper was back in a position resembling a forward for the recent FA Cup fifth round tie against Preston North End, and as well as scoring his first goal of 2015 (from the penalty spot) the England international looked a constant threat running in behind the League One side’s defence.

Rooney’s movement prompted some fine balls from Angel Di Maria and on another day the Argentine international could have bagged an assist or two.

Daley Blind

In the ongoing absence of Michael Carrick, Netherlands international Daley Blind is a vital member of United’s midfield.

He returned from injury as if he had never been away last month and he will need to be at his best to dominate the battle in the middle of the pitch.

Marcos Rojo

When United signed Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon there were doubts as to whether the Argentine international could hack it as a centre-back in the Premier League.

Well he continues to prove the doubters wrong and his grit and determination are a sight to behold.

David de Gea

Let’s face it, David de Gea is always a key man for United and this match is no different.

Swansea have the players to cause United’s back-line all sorts of problems and the Spanish international will have to be at his best to keep out the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis.

Ander Herrera

An unexpected choice, perhaps, but when you consider how well Ander Herrera plays when he does get the chance, surely the Spaniard can be a key man against Swansea.

When he starts he almost invariably scores or creates and in a match where chances could be at a premium, Herrera could make the difference.

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