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United Look For Winning Return At Swansea

Been going through Manchester United withdrawals over the last couple of weeks? You’re not the only one. Thankfully, there are no more international disruptions for quite a while. While next Tuesday’s match against Benfica looms large, United have some business to take care of before that crunch Champions League tie. United’s league slate for the remainder of the calendar year is a fairly favorable one, and they need to take full advantage of it in order to try to close the gap on City. It all starts with this evening’s clash at Swansea City, who might be a tough nut to crack after being thrown straight into the inferno in their first few months in the Premier League.

RECENT HISTORY

Well, there is no real recent history between the two sides, as they haven’t faced off since the 1982-83 season, the last time Swansea were in the top flight until this season.

That season, Swansea held United to a goalless draw at home, while United won 2-1 at home via goals from Bryan Robson and Frank Stapleton.

TEAM ANALYSIS

Swansea City

United weren’t dealt a very friendly slate hand for the first few months of the season, and neither were Swansea City, who have already faced road trips to Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

They finally got something to show for all of those travels a few weeks back when they held Liverpool to a goalless draw, but they also performed admirably against their other big-name opponents, losing to Arsenal 1-0 and holding City scoreless for almost an hour.

While things haven’t been so peachy on the road, home has been very sweet for Swansea thus far. Coming into today, Swansea are one of only four sides who are unbeaten at home, with City, Newcastle, and Liverpool being the others. In five home games, Swansea have won three and drawn two, and they’ve allowed only one goal.

It is worth noting, however, that their home opponents to date were Wigan, Sunderland, West Brom, Stoke City, and Bolton. Still, that’s a notable achievement, because for a promoted side to remain unbeaten at home for an extended stretch isn’t at all an easy feat.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has already said that his side won’t be shy about coming forward against United, and their two biggest threats in attack are Danny Graham, who’s scored in four of his last five games, and Scott Sinclair, who has three Premier League goals thus far.

Manchester United

It would be nice to come out of the break with no injury concerns about key pieces, but that’s an early Christmas request that must have been lost in the mail.

Ashley Young is set to return to action today after not playing since the City match due to a toe injury, and that is a very, very welcome boost.

However, along with the news that Tom Cleverley is out for another month due to more ankle issues, Danny Welbeck won’t be available today due to a muscle strain suffered on international duty, and Chris Smalling isn’t expected to return until Tuesday.

You can’t always have what you want, but it doesn’t hurt that there didn’t have to be any concern about Wayne Rooney picking up a knock on international duty, and one would hope that a rested Rooney would be ready to come out firing today. The same can also be said for Nani, who had a thunderbolt of a strike against Bosnia on Tuesday.

PREDICTION

While United come in with four wins on the trot, they haven’t really done it the easy way. Beggars can’t be choosers, sure, but it would be nice to see a little more pep in the step coming out of the break, especially considering a fair amount didn’t have to overexert themselves over the last couple of weeks.

Swansea will be ready for whatever United throw at them, after having to deal with the likes of Aguero, Van Persie, Torres, and Suarez already, and they run a tight ship at the back at home. So, a tame effort in attack might not get the job done, especially if the hosts manage to nick one themselves with their ambition.

Matches like these, that is, matches preceding a much more significant match, are always interesting, because you never know what to expect. But with so many being fully rested, this is a time where selections can’t be made based on trying to rest bodies for Tuesday.

Positive selections, positive result, positive return from the international break.

Score Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United

43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. Traverse

    November 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    De Gea
    Jones Ferdinand Vidic Evra
    Nani Carrick Park Giggs
    Rooney Hernandez

    FUCK THAT MIDFIELD

    • RedDevilEddy

      November 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      I think it’ll be Giggsy and Carrick in the middle with Park out wide, that combo wasn’t too bad towards the end of the season.

    • Owen

      November 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      One thing is sure with that defense,we wont concede.

  2. Traverse

    November 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I’m hearing Carrick Giggs Park as a midfield three, Rooney Hernandez up top. NANI free role!

    Swansea play 4-3-3 so that makes sense I guess. They’re good at keeping the ball. Had over 60% possession away at Anfield….

  3. Moscow is my heaven

    November 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Makes sense to be starting Giggs and Carrick together. It was our best midfield combination last season. Giggs is the only midfielder we have who can pass, dribble and shoot well AT THE SAME TIME 😯

    C’mon United!

    • RedDevilEddy

      November 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      CLEVERLEY!

    • Owen

      November 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Anderson is the only midfielder we have who can’t pass, can’t dribble and can’t shoot well AT THE SAME TIME 👿

      • Craig Mc

        November 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        Your so wrong 🙄

    • Craig Mc

      November 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Giggs and Carrick – neither of them can tackle – would have made more sense to play Jones in MF and Evans in as Full back???

      • RMJ

        November 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        its not all about tackling craig…we are a much better side with carrick and giggs in our side than say with Fletcher leading the line.

        • Craig Mc

          November 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

          Errr not all about tackling RMJ mate – well now how do you propose we win the ball then? Away from home we lose possession so much – and please don’t you all tell me that we didn’t keep giving the ball back today to the oppo. Lucky for us that lady luck was with us again, because a draw would have been a deserved result – unless you are biased of course lads.

          Somebody please tell me IF Rooney was supposed to be playing as striker today – because Wazza was everywhere else but. If it was Berba or another of our strikers doing that, he would take a good kicking from a lot of you on here. Thank GOD for goal machine little pea eh? Oh that he got better service – but alas. Our forward line play they are are complete bloody strangers most of the time. But hey the champions stumbling to 1-0 wins for rest of season will keep the majority of you happy. And yeah just give me the thumbs down – I don’t give a fook – because I am telling it how it is!

        • Moscow is my heaven

          November 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

          Craig mi man, you’re preaching to the choir.

  4. Owen

    November 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Nani is horrible.

    • Moscow is my heaven

      November 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      We want Bebe back 😈

      • Owen

        November 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

        Take goals out of Chicho and Bebe is better than him.

        • Moscow is my heaven

          November 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

          Man, just as you say this, Nani puts Hernandez clean through, only for his first touch to let him down. Chico needs to attend football lessons by Scholes 👿

        • Craig Mc

          November 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

          Oh so you could rely on Scholesy to get the winning goal for United in all the 1-0 wins then could you?

        • Moscow is my heaven

          November 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

          Against Barcelona, yes 🙂

          Craig, you and I both know that Chico would become an even more formidable goalscorer if his first touch and control improved. With such poor service from a shite midfield, he needs to improvise sometimes and make chances for himself.

        • Craig Mc

          November 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

          OK mate I’ll give you that – his 1st touch and control in outfield could be better – but he is in good company with Wazza on the 1st touch/control need. Funny though how it doesn’t seem to desert Chicharito when it comes fast in the box though he can control AND SCORE – wonder why that is Moscow mi man? 😆

      • Craig Mc

        November 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        Go to fooking Russia if you want to watch Bebe!

        • Owen

          November 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

          He is in Turkey,not in Russia 😆

        • Craig Mc

          November 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

          😆 😆 😆

  5. Vivek

    November 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    The United play has generally been disgusting to watch, i just hope this phase will pass and we can return to our normal style of play. Otherwise, with Shitty playing the way they are, they could win over a lot of neutrals

  6. Traverse

    November 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Terrible. Never has our midfield been so reliant on a 21 year old who’s played about 5 games.

    • Vivek

      November 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      I dont think its down to the absence of Cleverly. I think the 6-1 has had an even bigger impression on Fergie than we thought. He has gone ultra defensive since then with the sole objective of not conceding, and hoping to capitalise on opposition mistakes rather than trying to create chances

  7. Traverse

    November 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Rooney has had one of those games too. Hasn’t gambled on anything and spent the whole time complaining. Probably correctly too. Service has been terrible.

  8. Moscow is my heaven

    November 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    What. A. Win. We have not only mesmerised the Swansea crowd with our imaginative, incisive passing, but have provided a show to inspire the football world as to how the game should be played.

    Honestly, this game was a revelation of how much we have evolved these past few years. We are on a different level to the rest right now.

    And just to think, we did it all without our midfield maestro, Anderson.

    • Onkar

      November 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

      😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  9. Vivek

    November 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I sympathesize with anyone who paid out good money and travelled all the way to Wales to watch this crap

  10. Owen

    November 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Man Utd has redefined BORING FOOTBALL.

  11. AndyCR7

    November 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Swansea lost but their fans must be proud of their team’s performance! I wish I could say the same about us…

  12. Craig Mc

    November 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Fabio IMHO was miles better than skinned sausage Evra!

  13. Craig Mc

    November 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Oh good – the missus has just told me to take my friend MISERY and piss off back down the local pub. 😆 😆 😆 😆 – it worked lads – I am off the leash and back out with the lads for the night – unless she reads this post that is! LOVING IT 👿 😀

  14. Craig Mc

    November 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Phil Jones if you are reading mate – you so deserved a goal – it will come. I curse that fookin goalpost that stopped you getting your 1st goal for United today!

    • tonymontanna4united

      November 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Fucking love it when hes goes on those forward runs. The way he just glides past defenders like theyre not bloody there, truely orgasmic. As i said below, i really think we should try him out in midfield again, as hes got all the attributes to be a top class midfielder, if only for the short term (long term were probably all agreed he’ll end up a defender of some sort). Better than relying on giggs week in week out expecting to deliver the goods or anderson.

  15. RedDevilEddy

    November 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I think Nani spent too much time celebrating the Portugal win rather than focusing on this game, he lost the ball almost every time!!

    If Chicharito had a better first touch, or at least a DECENT one, he would probably be the best striker in the World.

    Carrick was fucking immense!!!!!!

    Our defence has improved. A lot! Can’t wait to see Smalling replace Rio in there, my God are we relient on Vida!

    A round of applause go to Swansea as well, they really know how to play football. With a bit more cutting edge they could really challenge, don’t see many faults in their game offensivly. Defensivly, definately needs improvement!

    • tonymontanna4united

      November 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Agree. Get smalling in alongside vida centrally, get fabio or rafa in at right full back (if it was up to me they’d both be in, as you know too well my opinion of evra, but i know hes not ever going to get dropped), and then move jonesy up into midfield.
      Yes i know he played in midfield before and he wasnt great, but i honestly think the lad has such fantastic attributes, he’d work fantasically well in the midfield, alongside carrick i suppose for the time being. Just love his beautiful forward runs, and the way he just glides between defenders like the ball is stuck to his feet. Loves to get stuck in, his work rate is fantastic, very tidy little passer, i say get him in there during clevs absense, atleast until january where we can really look to address the problems.

  16. tonymontanna4united

    November 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I didnt actually think we were that bad first half. Even though we seemed to create very little after the goal, it was nice just to see us keep the ball for more than 10 seconds. Still not creating nearly enough, but in fairness chicha was wasteful apart from the goal, and the service from park and the lil man was non existant all night.
    2nd half though was just typical 2nd half united. Struggling to get the ball, creating absolutely nothing, wasteful, strolling as if we were 3 4-0 up. Basically just asking to conceed.
    I suppose though it says alot that we managed to come away without them really ever testing de gea, and this was by no means an awful performance (certainly bits of it i actually enjoyed in comparison to the last few weeks, because we actually kept the sodding ball), but still not nearly good enough overall.
    Have to say, and i cant believe im saying this, but i felt carrick had a very decent game tonight. Did the simple things very well, kept the ball, atleast tried to get forward and won back possession several times when they were getting men forward.
    I still think hes a wimp, and goes for the safe option too many times when he has better options either side of him, and i still stand by what ive said the last 2 years that the man needs to be eased out of the team, so am not about to change my opinion based on 1 game. But yeah as i said, he actually quite impressed me tonight, if he can keep these sort of performances up then fair play, he’ll deserve to start alot more often.
    He’ll do until january anyway, where we better bloody bring another man in.

  17. ash is the man

    November 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    What an awful awful game!! How have we become so boring and utterly useless? Wayne rooney what in actual fact are you? STRIKER? i dont think so!!!! WE are just disgusting to watch!!! 🙁

    • RedDevilEddy

      November 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      He’s not a striker, he is a centre forward, the Manchester United mould of City’s Silva. They just play differently, although they have the same roles.

      • Moscow is my heaven

        November 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        That mould must be made of shit, because the Rooney I know is a pacy, aggressive attacking spearhead, a STRIKER. His passing is nowhere near the likes of Sneijder or David Silva, he doesn’t possess the touch and subtlety of a playmaker, delicate football is NOT his game. He is a stormtrooper, not an artist.

        FOR THE LAST FUCKING TIME, DO NOT PLAY ROONEY IN THE HOLE.

        BUY MARTINEZ, BUY SNEIJDER. FORM A DREAM TEAM 😈

  18. RedDevilEddy

    November 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    On a more positive note, we now have 4 wins away from home in the Premier League this season. Took us until April to achieve that last season…

    • Moscow is my heaven

      November 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      We were unbeaten at home as well last season, I think 🙁

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