Manchester United - Swansea
Competition: Premiere League
Match date: Saturday August -16, 2014
Kick Off Time: 11:45 GMT
Manchester United and Swansea have the honor to open the new Premier League season. Thw Red Devila had great preparation period and won five from the six played matches, including four in the International Champions Cup. Their efficiency also gives hope to fans that this season will be better than the last one
The Dutchman Louis van Gaal is new manager since July and he brought optimism in front of the new season. The Red Devils ended on the 7th position in the last season, which is worst in the last 24 years, so Louis van Gaal for sure will make changes in the club. He was coaching some top teams like Bayern Munchen, Barcelona, Ajax, Az Alkmaar and Netherlands' national team, so he will bring a lot of experience.
The new defender Luke Shaw, who came from Southampton, has been sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury, so he will miss this match. The midfielder Andre Herrera, who joined from Athletic Bilbao for £28m, is expected to make his debut on this match. The defenders Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra left the club during the summer transfer period. The striker Robin van Persie hasn't played in all matches in the pre-season and he is doubtful in front of this match, so Javier Hernandez is expected to be in the starting eleven. The defender Jonny Evans, midfielder Antonio Valencia and striker Danny Welbeck are also doubtful due to injuries.
Swansea played seven friendly matches during preparation period mostly with a lower league sides. They won three of them, while lost to Villarreal in the last match. Here are the last three results:
09.08.2014. Swansea - Villarreal 0:3
02.08.2014. Reading - Swansea 1:3
01.08.2014. Bournemouth - Swansea 3:1
Swansea ended the last season on the 12th position. Garry Monk remains on the managerial position. He is an ex-central defender and with 34 years, the youngest manager in the Premier league.
The defender Ben Davies and the goalkeeper Michel Vorm joined Tottenham, while the defender Chico and the midfielders Jonathan De Guzman and Pablo Hernandez have also left the club. The midfielder Michu will play this season at Serie A outfit Napoli as loaned player. The striker Bafetimbi Gomis has signed from Lyon, but Wilfried Bony is expected to be in the starting eleven. The newcomers, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, striker Montero Jefferson and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson are expected to be in the starting eleven
Manchester United have five wins on the last six mutual matches. They have won all matches at Old Traford. Here are the results:
11.01.2014. Manchester United - Swansea 2:0
17.08.2013. Swansea - Manchester United 1:4
12.05.2013. Manchester United - Swansea 2:1
23.12.2012. Swansea - Manchester United 1:1
06.05.2012. Manchester United - Swansea 2:0
19.11.2011. Swansea - Manchester United 0:1
De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Jones; Rafael, Fletcher, Herrera, Young; Mata; Rooney, Hernandez
Fabianski; Rangel, Bartley, Williams, Taylor; Shelvey, Ki; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Montero; Bony
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