Preview: Swansea v Manchester United

Marcus Rashford Manchester United

Swansea City face a daunting task of stopping Jose Mourinho’s early pace-setters’ Manchester United in their English Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Premier League
19 August 2017
Kick-off: 13:00 local time
Venue: Liberty Stadium

Referee: J. Moss
Assistants: E. Smart, A. Halliday
Fourth official: M. Jones

Head-to-head summary:

Swansea 17 5 3 9
United 17 9 3 5

Previous encounter:

United 1-1 Swansea – 30/04/17 (Premier League)

United goalscorers: W. Rooney (45′)
Swans goalscorers: G. Sigurðsson (79′)

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Players to watch:

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in the opening 4-0 victory over West Ham United and will confident to add to his tally on his quest to secure the Premier League’s Golden boot for the first-time.

With strength, pace and raw power, ‘Big Rom’ looks set to hand the home defence a hard days work at the office.

His ability to feed off the world class creativity within the Red Devils midfield almost guarantees the Belgium international goals.

It’s hard to pick a potential match winner for the Swans after they sold their best player this week to domestic rivals Everton.

The loss of playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson, who ironically scored in the draw the last time the two sides met will leave a gaping hole in manager Paul Clement’s starting XI.

Leroy Fer and Jordan Ayew are potential match-winners with their unique talents but their lack of consistency often finds them wanting against the bigger sides in the English top-flight.

However, Ayew’s pace could be key in unlocking a solid looking defensive set-up under Mourinho this season.

Team form and manager quotes:

Swansea started off the season with a timid 0-0 draw against Southampton in the opening week and manager Clement conceded the decision to allow their Icelandic talisman was not an easy one – but needs the supporters to trust the process behind their rebuilding of the squad.

“My message to the fans would be that the club wants to move forward, we want to improve our squad and our style,” he told reporters.

“It is a big challenge replacing Gylfi [Sigurdsson], but I hope we can potentially bring in two or three players to strengthen us in various positions.

“We don’t have superstars here, everyone gives their best for each other.”

United enjoyed a stellar pre-season with wins coming almost at will and after the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid – Mourinho and his men bounced back with an emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham.

However, the Special One spoke of the potential arrivals and exits before the end of the transfer window.

“I don’t think we are [still after a wide player] unless something happens to put us in the market again.

“My plans were four signings but I also told them to be cool, there is no pressure from me, do what you think is best for the club.

“I am happy with the squad we have. I am ready to go without the fourth player.”

Team news:

Fernando Llorente is back in training after fracturing his arm during pre-season and veteran midfielder Leon Britton is a major doubt with a back strain.

Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo are still long-term absentees for United.