Manchester United will travel to South Wales for Saturday's late kick-off against Swansea in the Premiership.

An interesting stat to begin the preview - Swansea have never lost a home game to Man United. After eight times trips to Swansea, United's best result is a 2-2 draw, in 1938, while they managed a 0-0 draw in 1982.

Having made their way into the Premiership this season, the Swans have lit up the English top flight. At the Liberty Stadium, even the best teams struggle - a fact backed by the stat that they are unbeaten at home in nine months with over 14 games played.

They come to this game on the back of an impressive goalless draw at Liverpool, while in their last home outing they were 3-1 victors over Bolton. They currently lie at tenth in the table and can go as high as eighth with a win today.

However, putting things into context, they face the Champions. Hoping for a win is, with all due respect, optimistic.

Man United come into this game after a run of three straight wins in all competitions. None of those wins were convincing and dominating, in contrast to their early season form, but what makes it hard facing them is their ability to win while playing below their own standards.

Sawnsea are likely to face something of the same on Saturday. United may not be at their best, especially after the international break, but Sir Alex Ferguson's men have the knack of grinding out a win irrespective of how well they performed.

Team News

Swansea will welcome back midfielder Stephen Dobbie who has recovered from an ankle injury, along with Neil Taylor. However, defender Steven Caulker is sidelined with a knee problem.

Manchester United will be without Danny Welbeck, who has a muscle strain sustained during international duty. Ashley Young is set to return after a toe injury though, while Chris Smalling continues to be sidelined.

Match Fact

The last time the two teams met was 28 years ago, in the old First Division, when United won 2-1 at Old Trafford. However, they have never won at Swansea in eight attempts.


Swansea's proud record of never losing at home to United could well change on Saturday, although it should be a hard fought encounter.

Swansea 1-2 Manchester United