By Andy Hyslop
- United are looking for their first win in six league games
- United need a strong start to 2016 if they are to challenge at the top of the table
Manchester United start 2016 with two home games, against Swansea City in the league tomorrow and then they welcome Sheffield United in the FA Cup the following weekend.
Louis Van Gaal will be looking for his team to win both these games following a run of results that has seen them fail to register a win since the visit to Watford on November 21.
That winless run has seen United slide down the table and suffer an early Champions League exit. The sequence of results has also seen the manager coming under severe pressure.
Van Gaal is confident he can handle the pressure though. He has come through difficult times at his previous clubs and believes he will do so again.
United were boosted by the return from injury of Darmian and Schneiderlin in the Chelsea game on Monday night, while Schweinsteiger returned after his three-game suspension.
It looks like Van Gaal will go into this game with pretty much the same squad as the Chelsea game, with Lingard, Rojo, Valencia and Shaw all still missing through injury.
Lingard may return to the fold in the coming weeks and Van Gaal will be hopeful that Rojo will back soon. While Valencia and Shaw both have a long way to go in their recoveries.
As long as their are no further injuries we fully expect to see the same starting eleven as against Chelsea on Monday night.
Darmian was replaced in that by Borthwick-Jackson, but we believe that was just a precaution to protect the Italian following his recent injury lay-off.
Striker Will Keane has been recalled from his loan spell with Championship side Preston North-End but we would be very surprise to see him start this game, at best he will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Following Swansea 2-1 defeat of United in the early stages of the season, they suffered a run of results that would eventually cost manager Garry Monk his job.
Swansea are yet to appoint a permanent successor to Monk and Alan Curtis is currently is caretaker charge of the South-Wales side.
Swansea come into this game sitting in 17th place in the Premier League table. Normally United would look forward to facing a team near the foot of the table.
But following recent defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich, and of the course the draw with Chelsea, who lie only three places above Swansea.
Swansea have a good recent record against United, with Van Gaal suffering defeat in all three of his games as United manager. Winning all three games by two goals to one.