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A new look and better functioning Manchester United would be entering the Premier League for the first time under Louis van Gaal, when the face Swansea City in the weekend. Coincidentally, Swansea were the first team David Moyes also faced when he started his reign, winning the match rather comfortably.
Manchester United would not be rushing Robin van Persie back as he’s just started to train with the team after a long World Cup.
New signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw would be having different fortunes as Herrera would be expected to make his debut while Shaw injured his hamstring, ruling him out of this match.
Wayne Rooney will be playing his first match as club captain and the Englishman would be raring to go after a disappointing world cup.
Swansea City on the other hand have been steady under Gary Monk after last season’s struggle to manage both domestic and European ambitions.
New signing and returning hero Gylfi Siggurdson from Tottenham Hotspurs would be a very key man in attack. It remains to be seen how well he gels with the likes of Shelvey and Bony.
Manchester United will be expected to play free flowing yet direct football especially with a three man defence and two strikers upfront.
Swansea City have been characterised by their panache for the passing game. They would be very patient and comfortable on the ball.
Man Utd are expected to deal pretty well with Swansea’s possessive football as van Gaal’s style is pretty equipped in defending. Swansea may pose a threat with distance shooting as Bony and Siggurdson can be dangerous from long range.
Man Utd : Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera
Swansea City : Wilfried Bony, Gylfi Siggurdson, Jonjo Shelvey
De Gea; Evans, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Young; Fletcher, Herrera, Mata; Rooney, Welbeck.
Swansea: Fabianski; Neil Taylor, Kyle Bartley, Ashley Williams, Rangel, Ki Sung, Jonjo Shelvey, Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gomis, Wilfried Bony
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Man Utd 3-1 Swansea