On Sunday, Manchester United will make a daunting trip to Wales to face Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City side.
The Red Devils come into this game having won their last five Premier League outings, with the latest victory coming against a mediocre Sunderland team last weekend.
Swansea on the other hand, will be looking to avoid three straight defeats after going down against the likes Tottenham Hotspurs and Norwich City in the last two weeks.
Swansea could welcome back goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who has been out of action since October, defender Angel Rangel and attacker Pablo Hernandez. Neil Taylor is a long-term absentee, having fractured his ankle in September.
United could start with captain Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the defence after the Serbian came on as a second-half substitute against Sunderland.
Rafael, Luis Nani and Anderson and Shinji Kagawa are, all, however, likely to miss the club’s taxing trip to Wales.
Swansea City-Vorm, Tiendalli, Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton, Ki, de Guzman, Dyer, Michu, Hernandez
Manchester United- De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie
Player to Watch: Wayne Rooney
After a slow start to the season, England international Wayne Rooney has finally the top gear, having scored three goals in his last two games from his newfound No 10 position.
With Robin van Persie at the helm of the attack, Rooney’s constant supply of ammunition will be vital for the United team and the former Everton youngster will also have the onus of exploiting the defensive weaknesses of Leon Britton and Ki Sung-Yeung.
Prediction: Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United
Manchester United have hit a rich streak of form over the past few weeks and I expect them to wrap up another win this weekend.
The Red Devils’ attacking prowess is bound to trouble Laudrup’s troops, although I do expect the sensational Michu to grab a consolation goal for the home team.
With three games to be played in only seven days, Ferugson will be surely be keen to see his boys sail towards a comfortable win over the Swans on Sunday.
Fun Fact: According to Opta statistics, Manchester United were the only side to have over 50% possession against Swansea both home and away in last season's Premier League (per BBC Sport)