By John Ryan
Paul Clement should be hailed as something of a genius. After taking over at the Liberty Stadium in January. He kept a Swansea side in the Premier League who had been destroyed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic the previous November.
Even more impressive is how he managed to get £45M from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Clement has previously worked alongside Jose Mourinho at Chelsea as well as Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
He is a man who has rubbed shoulders with some of the best. He faces a massive challenge in the season ahead.
Buoyed by the 4-0 hammering of West Ham last Sunday Manchester United are coming to this game on a high. The flowing football looks to be back with goal threat coming from all over the field.
Given the narrow defeat in the European Super Cup to Real Madrid and what Real subsequently did to arch rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. The squad that Mourinho has built should be on course for a title tilt.
The Premier League cannot be won in the first couple of weeks. But it can be lost and Mourinho and his team will be anxious to put in a performance again in this game.
Shaw And Young To Step-Up Returns From Injury
Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo remain unavailable. Though Shaw and Young are set to feature for the under-23s on Monday.
As Victor Lindelof tries to acclimatise to the English game United should start a similar side to the opening game.
Clement should have new signing Tammy Abraham available. However Fernando Llorente’s fractured arm has not healed in time. While Roque Mesa’s transfer from Las Palmas did not go through in time for this game.
Swansea are also without midfielders Nathan Dyer and Sung-Yeung Ki.
Swansea Have Caused United Trouble In The Past
Since promotion to the Premier League was achieved in 2011. Swansea have hosted Manchester United six times in this division.
The Swans recorded back-to back home victories against United in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season.
Swansea won both these games 2-1 before Bob Bradley’s side were taken apart with 3-1 scoreline last season.
At Old Trafford Swansea also beat United on the opening day of the 2014-2015 season and knocked United out of the FA Cup there the previous year. Based Premier League history, Swansea have nothing to fear from United.
That is until you factor in the club’s summer transfers.
United were able to splash the cash on Lukaku while Swansea were unable to keep Sigurdsson. With two trophies in the cabinet last season, a successful pre-season and three new signings Manchester United should have too much for the Swans.
Paul Clement did very well to keep his side up last season but without an influx of quality players his side will struggle this season and are unlikely to take any points from this game.
Verdict: United to win the battle in midfield, two goals for Lukaku and a 0-3 away win.