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What Manchester United’s morale will be after returning from Istanbul from their Europa League clash with Fenerbahce, we don’t know. However they will be certainly under a lot of pressure and stress to show results in the Premier League. In our Swansea v Manchester United preview we will analyse both teams performance and look for value bets.
Swansea v Manchester United Preview Analysis and Tips
From title contenders to strugglers in the top Four to the 8th spot currently. This is what the United saga has been in the 2016-17 season so far. With Anthony Valencia, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly in the injured list there may be no worthwhile defence to speak of when the Red Devils visit Liberty Stadium to play Swansea City on Sunday, November 6.
Ibrahimovic ready to score?
Ibrahimovic is in the midst of a goal drought going through the last four games without scoring. The ultra-expensive Paul Pogba has been at his inconsistent best. Anthony Martial seems to be recovering from his injuries and probably will make the cut in the starting XI against Swansea.
So, despite odds pointing to a United win at the Liberty Park, don’t rule out a Swansea surprise.
Injuries at United
The spate of injuries plaguing the United camp have paved the way for the return of out-of-the-picture folks. Players like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who have been seen training hard at practice sessions. With Ibrahimovic losing the ability to score the onus of getting goals will fall on Marcus Rashford and the in-form Juan Mata….and what better opportunity to get one’s mojo back than to face a down-in-the-dumps Swansea City.
For Swansea, who got promoted to the Premier League in the 2010-11 season for the first time since its inception in 1912, the going has been nightmarish. They are currently in relegation territory with just 5 points to their name and in the 19th spot on the table. They have the satisfaction of a solitary 1-0 win over Burnley and made Arsenal sweat for 3-2 win.
Although Swansea have more goals than 14th placed Burnley it’s their inability to win that has let them down. This despite having players like Leroy Fer (4 goals) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (3 goals).
Head to Head Stats
A head-to-head comparison of matches in which these two sides have featured since 2011 throws up some interesting statistics. Manchester United have lost on four occasions and drawn on one and in the last five outings they have succumbed to Swansea thrice. So, despite odds pointing to a United win at the Liberty Park, don’t rule out a Swansea surprise.