By John Ryan
- United missing a number of players through injury and suspension
- Three points for United would see them move into the top four
Jose Mourinho this week joked that he may need to play at centre half versus Swansea. Certainly this current injury crisis looks bleak.
The last time Manchester United had this many players injured at once was twenty five years ago when Alex Ferguson took a full squad to the League Cup final and a week later eight first teamers were on the treatment table.
Mourinho has a chance to play United’s young players in this fixture and that along with some open football will only endear him to the Old Trafford faithful.
Swansea’s away record this season has been appalling with just ten points on the road as well as fifteen goals scored. There is nothing to fear apart from a side fighting for their Premier League survival.
Can Mourinho Patch A Team Together?
If Mourinho can muster an experienced side together then Old Trafford will be happy if his men have a right good go.
Swansea showed initial promise under Paul Clement but have fallen back into the relegation positions. Appointed in January, his football experience most notably as understudy to Carlo Ancelotti seemed to be guiding the Welsh side clear of the trapdoor.
Results have been patchy of late and old Trafford is a daunting prospect.
Games between the sides have not lived long in the memory with the most notable saved for Alex Ferguson’s last home game in charge of United in May 2013 when a late Rio Ferdinand winner provided a cameo of United under Ferguson and sent the Scot out on a high note.
Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer will both miss this game for Swansea while Martin Olsson and Leroy Fer are injury doubts. Jack Cork may be available having been injured.
Fernando Llorente leads the way with twelve goals however statistics suggest that Swansea pose little threat on the road. For Manchester United it is more a case of who is not injured.
Mourinho will most likely start an established eleven with young players like Axel Tuanzebe on the bench. Marouane Fellaini might not be a loved player by the fans but his red card on Thursday was most unwelcome given the level of injuries.
United Looking For Rashford To Provide Goals
With Ibrahimovic and Mata out, United’s next highest scorers are Mkhitaryan and Rashford who both have ten each.
Rashford has been in and out of the team under Mourinho and often played wide, but there is no doubt he is a predator of the highest calibre.
He looks to have the ice in his veins needed to break the deadlock in big games. It will be no surprise if this happens again on Sunday.
Verdict: Manchester United 1-0 Swansea City