Premier League giants, Manchester United, host Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City this Saturday, in the English Premier League. The Red Devils have already beaten Swansea twice this season without conceding a single goal; they won 4-0 at Liberty Stadium in the reverse fixture in the league in August and won 2-0 in the League Cup tie in October.
Despite receiving much criticism in the media for negative tactics and pragmatic football, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are still comfortably second in the league table. They have 65 points on board which is two more than Liverpool’s total of 63 points who have played a game more.
Having steered nine points clear of Chelsea who are fifth, with just eight games to go in the season, Champions League football for next season is all but secured at Old Trafford.
Arriving midseason at Swansea, manager Carlos Carvalhal has worked wonders at the club. The swans seem like heading into trouble and were prime candidates to be relegated this season until the Spaniard arrived in the final week of December.
The Swans are currently 14th in the league table with 31 points on board. Despite being just three points clear of the relegation zone, Swansea are showing signs of surviving in the Premier League this season.
Head to Head
In previous 13 Premier League meetings between the two sides, Swansea have won just three times compared to Manchester United who have triumphant on eight occasions.
The Swans have avoided defeat in three of their last five visits to Old Trafford, winning twice and drawing once, in all competitions, having lost eight of their first ten games at United’s home.
The Red Devils have scored in all 15 of their home matches against Swansea in all competitions.
Players to Watch
Romelu Lukaku is the top scorer for United in the league this season with 14 goals to his name. In 14 games in all competitions in 2018, Lukaku has been involved in 14 goals having scored 10 and assisted four goals.
Lukaku is currently on 99 Premier League goals and one would not bet against him joining the Premier League 100 Club on Saturday against Swansea.
Full-back Kyle Naughton has made more tackles than any Swansea or United player in the league this season.
Ander Herrera is back in training after getting over his hamstring. Scott McTominay was injured while serving for Scotland during the international break. There are concerns over his availability for this game. Defender Phil Jones is back in training.
Leroy Fer and Wilfred Bony are unlikely to feature again this season. Renato Sanches and Angel Rangel are unavailable due to respective injury concerns. Jordan Ayew is suspended.
Manchester United Vs Swansea Predicted XI
Man United Lineup (4-2-3-1)
GK: De Gea
Defense: Valencia (RB), Baily (RCB), Smalling (LCB), Young (LB)
Midfield: Matic (CDM), Pogba (CDM), Mata (RAM), Sanchez (CAM), Martial (LAM)
Swansea Lineup (5-4-1)
Defense: Naughton (RWB), Hoorn (RCB), Bartley (CB), Mawson (LCB), Olsson (LWB)
Midfield: A. Ayew (RM), Ki (RCM), Caroll (LCM), Clucas (LM)
Manchester United Vs Swansea City Prediction
Jose Mourinho has never lost against Swansea in all competitions having played nine, won seven and drawn two. Man United have won all three of their home Premier League games kicking off at 3 pm on a Saturday this season, scoring seven goals and conceding none.
After winning their opening away league game under Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea have failed to win any of their following four league games on the road.
Our prediction for this game is a 3-0 win for Manchester United.