Manchester Utd vs Swansea by Luke
Manchester United didn't have one of their better performances last time out, but the team still managed to take what they wanted, as the team took a point away from home in a local derby against Manchester City in a goalless draw. Even though it was probably one of the poorest derbies in years, you can't argue with the fact that the players of Mourinho did what he wanted them to do and got the correct score.
Martial should lead their attack together with Young, Rooney and Lingard as offensive midfielders. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini (27/1) will miss next three matches after being sent off against the Citizens. Injured remains striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28/17), midfielder Juan Mata (22/6) and defensive Phil Jones (17/0), Chris Smalling (15/1) and Marcos Rojo (21/1).
Overall, it was quite a poor game, but it still needs to be said that the Citizens did create more and had much more of the ball possession, but were unable to convert that into goals, while the guests remained with defensive tactics and survived, even though they played with a man less when Fellaini got red carded in 84th minute. United is now just a point below fourth placed City and needs a victory badly here.
Swansea, on the other side, comes into this match after a 2:0 home victory over Stoke City last weekend, as the team entered the match strongly and took the lead in tenth minute already via Llorente. Guests tried to react and have created some decent chances, including a penalty missed, but the equalizer never came.
Instead of it, Carroll sealed the victory for the Swans in 70th minute for their first three pointer after three consecutive defeats and overall six matches without a victory (just one draw in the progress). The side remains just below the safe zone, having three points less than green zone placed Hull City.
Visitors should be playing with three players upfront, Ayew, Llorente and Sigurdsson. Right full back Angel Rangel (18/1) is injured, same as midfielder Nathan Dyer (8/0) and forward Wayne Routledge (27/3). Couple of more players are doubtful.
- Man Utd have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Swansea.
Players of Manchester City probably feel now that they need to respond with much better performance and that's what I exactly believe will happen. There is certain quality in their roster and the players should be able to overcome today's opponents without much of problems on their Champions League exit quest.