Swansea City vs. Manchester United Preview

Barclays Premier League 19/11/11 (k.o 5.30pm)

Published: 12/12/2011
Swansea City vs. Manchester United Preview Barclays Premier League 19/11/11 (K.O 5.30pm) Top flight new boys Swansea City host champions Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium when the Premier League action gets back underway after the international break, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men looking to hit the ground running again following a disastrous end to October. The Red Devils are still licking their wounds after suffering the worst home defeat in their history at the hands of arch enemies Manchester City, a result which has left them a telling five points behind Roberto Mancini’s side heading into the winter months. A scrappy 1-0 win over Sunderland did little to soften the blow for England’s most successful ever side and they must now step up their game if they are to have a chance of retaining the title. Swansea have looked a steady outfit so far this campaign under the guidance of Brendan Rogers who will be relishing the chance to dent the visitors title bid further and record what would be arguably be the Swans biggest and best ever result. The Welsh outfit are notoriously difficult to beat – and after acclimatising to life in the top flight, can certainly make life difficult for United who do seem below par in comparison to recent seasons. Nevertheless, it is sheer folly to underestimate the great Sir Alex, who will be hell-bent on hauling back the plaudits as well as the club’s Premier League crown. With a long way still to go, his team are far from out of it, however it is imperative that they record three points when they are next on the road. As ever, Wayne Rooney is vital to their success and the England hitman must rediscover his goal scoring touch after an incident-packed few weeks which included his sending off on international duty. Squad wise, it’s clear to see on paper that Manchester United hold a massive edge on quality in every department, meaning that Swansea will have to almost break their necks to keep organised and try to suffocate United’s superior passing game. Strong on the flanks, United’s pace through Ashley Young and Nani holds the potential to tear through almost any opposition, but Swansea will be ready for the test and also prepared to hit their opponents on the break when the right opportunities arise. A fascinating battle definitely looks in store here but it may well be a case of ‘how many’ should United force an early breakthrough. Despitetheir flaccid display against City, many believe that was a rare off day for the champions and in many ways a freak result. Odds of around 1/2 for Manchester United will probably not appeal to most backers until the memory of that particular game has been erased by a positive performance. But all in all, the Red Devils should come through and a ‘win to nil’ bet perhaps looks the most attractive option considering that Swansea are far from prolific when it comes to finding the net. Whether or not the Swans are to stay in the division will not be decided by games like this and although they should put up a decent show, they are likely to provide Manchester United with a confidence boosting stepping stone towards bigger and better things.
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