Manchester United v Swansea City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

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To be played on Saturday 11th January 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.

Odds: Manchester United 1/2, Draw 7/2, Swansea City 13/2

Last season: 2-1

Preview & injury news

It has not been the happiest of starts to 2014 for David Moyes as his side has suffered three consecutive 2-1 defeats in three different competitions - one of them coming against this weekend's opponents in the FA Cup. United's last league outing was against Tottenham Hotspur where defeat has left them in 7th place, five points adrift of the Champions League places. Moyes will be hoping for no more slips up at home this season as no less than four sides have left Old Trafford with all three points this season.

Despite their triumph in the FA Cup the previous week, Swansea's league form isn't exactly the best and they could do with the points just as much as the home side. Having not won in their last six league games, they currently sit in 13th place, four points above the relegation zone. A loss here, and the Swans could be looking over their shoulders rather anxiously.

On the injury front, it probably hasn't been too kind for David Moyes given that his two most influential figures in the form of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have been struggling with thigh and groin injuries respectively. There is a chance that one, or even both of the duo could return to action this weekend which will be a welcome sight for United fans. Phil Jones could return to the side after a knee problem, which will also be a welcome return for Moyes given that both Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand are sidelined with back and knee injuries respectively. Wingers Ashley Young and Nani are still sidelined with their respective shoulder and hamstring problems whilst Marouane Fellaini is still absent with a wrist injury.

Swansea also have a number of high profile figures on the sidelines. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm isn't due back until the end of the month as he has a knee problem, Pablo Hernandez is due back at around the same time, as is Roland Lamah. They have hamstring and groin problems. Nathan Dyer is still recovering from an ankle problem and should be back at the start of next month, whilst Michu could be back a week after Dyer having suffered a similar injury. Jonathan De Guzman is still struggling with a calf problem, whilst Dwight Tiendalli has a hamstring problem with both players set to return to action next week.

Key stats

Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's top scorer in the league this season with nine goals.

Wilfried Bony is Swansea City's top scorer in the league this season with six goals.

Manchester United had 61% possession in their last league match, a 2-1 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

Swansea City had 52% possession in their last league match, a 3-2 home defeat against Manchester City.

5 players to watch

Darren Fletcher - Is it a compliment to him, or a sign of how poor United have been? But ever since his return to the side after illness, Fletcher has looked one of the Champions' better performers in the middle of the park. If he plays on Saturday evening, a good performance from him could be just what's required in order for the home side to control the game.

Wilfried Bony - Bony has really started to find his feet in a Swansea shirt of late, and is looking a bigger threat as each game goes by. Having scored the winner for the Swans in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, could he haunt United on their own patch again?

Danny Welbeck - If the absence of both Van Persie and Rooney has done one thing, then it has given Welbeck the chance to shine in his natural position - where he has popped up with some important goals during that spell. Welbeck will probably feel a little hard done by too if he doesn't keep his place in the side.

Jonjo Shelvey - Middle of the park is going to be key if Swansea want to win this game, and given Shelvey is a former Liverpool player, he is going to be up for this game. What the Swans are going to need is a performance full of intent, but also for the midfielder to keep a cool head. If he manages to perform both against United's midfield they may get some joy.

Nemanja Vidic - There is a lot of speculation surrounding the Serb defender's future with reports indicating that he won't sign a new contract at Old Trafford. However, his commitment can't be questioned as he will be at the heart of a United defence that looks to stop leaking goals. Vidic has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to help address that problem.

Earlier on in the season

Swansea 1-4 Manchester United 

It seemed as if was the same old story for Manchester United as they expertly dispatched Swansea City in David Moyes' first league game in charge as life began properly on the field without Sir Alex Ferguson. It was a tight opening half hour but Robin Van Persie put the Champions ahead after latching onto Ryan Giggs' lofted ball before Danny Welbeck doubled the visitors lead within two minutes after tapping in Antonio Valencia's cross from close range. Van Persie scored a wonderful second in the second half with a left-footed strike into the roof of the net before Wilfried Bony pulled one back for Swansea on his league debut. But Danny Welbeck rounded off the scoring in the last minute with a wonderful chip to give United the best possible start to the season.

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