Man. United vs Swansea by FP
Despite the worst run in their Premier League history, both fans and pundits who watched the Chelsea game seemed to think that Manchester United showed signs of improvement. I do not agree. They faced a Chelsea side without a striker in the team and a side that has its own creative problems due to the poor form of their midfield (with the exception of Willian). I tipped up the draw in the Chelsea game and the game played out exactly as I expected. Manchester United are always going to have a lot of the ball, that is the way that Louis Van Gaal plays, but the team has trouble converting possession into goal scoring opportunities.
The press were reporting ahead of their 2-0 loss to Stoke that Van Gaal would get the sack if his team failed to win against either Stoke or Chelsea, and that is exactly what they did yet he is still here. His position would surely become untenable if the red devils fail to beat managerless Swansea and the recent statistics from the head to heads with Swansea should concern him. Swansea have beaten Manchester United on the last three occasions, including a 2-1 win here last season.
Louis Van Gaal could well name the same team that started against Chelsea with Young and Darmian as the wing backs and Martial, Herrera, and Mata playing as a three behind captain Wayne Rooney. Schneiderlin looked to give the side a better balance so he should play alongside Schweinsteiger, leaving Fellaini and Carrick on the bench.
As much as Manchester United are struggling in front of goal this season, Swansea are worse. The Welsh side have only managed to score two goals in their last six matches and the only team in the league with a worse goalscoring record is rock bottom Aston Villa. Many people were surprised when they sacked manager Gary Monk earlier in the season after a short run of defeats, especially as he led the club to their highest ever league position last season. I personally think they will struggle to attract a better manager than Monk and may have to take a chance on an unproven manager which is not what you want when potentially involved in a relegation fight.
Alan Curtis is in temporary charge of the team and one of his priorities should be getting striker Bafetimbi Gomez back on song. Gomez likes facing Manchester United and has scored the winning goal on his last two appearances against them but seems out of form currently. Curtis welcomes back Routledge after an absence but he is unlikely to start the game. Two of their best player in Ayew and Sigurdsson should surely start after being benched for Swansea’s last game against Crystal Palace.
Manchester United have home advantage (where they have only actually lost once all season despite being in poor form) against a team who are even worse than them in front of goal. A lot of players have come out and given their support to Van Gaal in recent days and say they are willing to run, fight and play for him. If they even match their performance against Chelsea then United will win this game. I still think they will struggle and lose a lot more matches this season, but I would be surprised if Swansea are one of the teams to take points from them.
Home win @ 1.57
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