PREVIEW: SWANSEA CITY V MANCHESTER UNITED

Swansea vs Manchester United

How can I follow the game? Manchester United’s trip to Swansea City kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Sunday and isn’t being broadcast live on television in the UK. MUTV subscribers can watch Match Day Live for all the pre-game coverage from 14:15 GMT, with highlights of the game on MUTV and ManUtd.com from midnight. Fans can also keep updated via the live blog on the official website, or by following our Twitter account @ManUtd.

A chance to quickly move on from the defeat in Turkey… Yes, Thursday’s Europa League reversal to Fenerbahce was frustrating and United also didn’t win a Premier League game in October, so this is a good opportunity to get back on track ahead of the international break.

There’s another international break? Yes, after this weekend, many of the squad will head off to play for their countries, with the Reds not in action again until 19 November, when Arsenal visit Old Trafford at 12:30 GMT.

How’s Swansea’s form? Not great at the minute. They haven’t won in the league since 13 August and currently sit second bottom. However, under a still relatively new manager in Bob Bradley, they’ve shown some signs of improvement, though they were beaten 3-1 by Stoke City last time out. The Swans will be itching to get some points on the board soon to start climbing the table.

What’s our head-to-head record like? In recent years, United have found Swansea to be tricky opponents, especially at the Liberty Stadium, where we’ve won only two of our five clashes. However, our last meeting in January ended in a 2-1 home win for United, with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney on the scoresheet, so we’ll be looking for a similar result this Sunday.

Is there any team news? Paul Pogba limped off early against Fenerbahce and is doubtful, alongside Chris Smalling, who missed the trip to Turkey. Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are definitely out with long-term injuries, while Ander Herrera is suspended after his sending-off against Burnley. The game may come too soon for Phil Jones, who lacks match fitness despite returning to training this week. Bastian Schweinsteiger has also returned to first-team training but has been ruled out by manager Jose Mourinho, who said after Thursday’s game: “It’s too early for him. He’s been training with the team for three or four days but he’s not ready to play football at that level yet.”

We’ve conceded a couple of early goals in recent games – is the manager concerned? Falling behind early is far from ideal in any game but Mourinho said: “It can happen anywhere. But with a stronger attitude and leadership on the pitch, it’s easier to be solid. With two left-backs [Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind] in central defence, I cannot be critical of the boys because they do what they can.”

Are there any ex-Reds in the Swansea side? Not at the minute, no. However, this week Bradley has confirmed he is interested in bringing former Reds frontman Dimitar Berbatov to South Wales, so we’ll have to wait and see how that unfolds.

What has the Swansea boss said about this weekend’s fixture? “At the moment, every game is critical,” the American stated. “I said it before the last game and I will say it again. I believe we have a good group of players here. They are good guys and they understand the importance of where we are, but we have to turn that into better results.”

Will Jose be back in the dugout this weekend? No, the boss will be serving a one-game ban after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official during half-time against Burnley, so Rui Faria is set to be on the sidelines for Sunday’s game, as he was for the second half of the goalless draw with the Clarets. However, Bradley isn’t thinking about his opposite number, saying: “It makes no difference for me – the focus is on our team. I have met Jose along the way. I have had a couple of good conversations with him and I hope to catch up with him, but my focus is on my team, not his touchline ban.”

What are this weekend’s other Premier League fixtures?

Saturday 5 November (15:00 GMT unless stated):
Bournemouth v Sunderland
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Middlesbrough
West Ham United v Stoke City
Chelsea v Everton, 17:30

Sunday 6 November
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, 12:00
Hull City v Southampton, 14:15
Liverpool v Watford, 14:15
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, 16:30

Content originally posted at: http://www.manutd.com/en/Fixtures-And-Results/Match-Reports/2016/Nov/match-preview-swansea-city-v-manchester-united-premier-league-sunday-6-november-2016.aspx

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