In the matchweek 18 of the 2012/13 season of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United will make a rare trip to South Wales to face Michu-led Swansea City, in what can be described as one of the most exciting games of the weekend.
The Red Devils have been in impressive form lately, registering emphatic wins against the likes of Manchester City and Sunderland to cement their place at the top of the domestic table.
Swansea on the other hand, have been produced equally glittering displays over the past few weeks and are even being considered as the outside contenders for a European spot.
Hence, the following are three players that the Premier League faithful should have an eye out for on Sunday.
Currently sitting 10 in the league, had it not been for Michu’s 12 goals, the Swans would have probably been lying in the drop-zone with the threat of relegation looming large.
With the Red Devils’ possessing one of the leakiest defense among the top clubs, Michu’s aerial threat and world-class finishing abilities are bound to trouble Nemanja Vidic and Co. and one can surely expect the uncapped national team hopeful to chalk up his name on the scoresheet over the weekend.
After a slow start to the season, England international Wayne Rooney has finally hit 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.
Furthermore, with Michel Vorm out injured, Rooney could even himself prop up on the scoresheet on Sunday.
Against Swansea, United fans could witness their captain Nemanja Vidic making a pivotal return to the team’s starting 11.
As aforementioned, Fergie’s men have struggled for consistency at the back this season and the Serbian’s return will come as a timely boost for the club’s ailing defense.
Although it is not clear whether the gaffer will risk Vidic on Sunday, if the 31-year-old does start the game, it will be crucial for him to stop Swansea’s dynamic attacking force, namely, Michu.953532