Can Swans change the record?

25th March 2018
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Swansea City will look to make a little piece of history when they return to Premier League action at Manchester United next weekend.

The Swans head to Old Trafford with wind in their sails having lost only two of their 10 top-flight games since Carlos Carvalhal took charge.

There have been five wins in that sequence, against Watford, Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham.

But Carvalhal will have to do something no other Swans boss has managed if his team are to claim another big scalp next Saturday.

Namely, he must get the better of Jose Mourinho.

For the most part, after all, Mourinho has enjoyed his previous encounters with the Swans.

There have been no truly special results for the Liberty club against the Special One, either when he was in charge of Chelsea or since his move to Manchester.

The Swans have had nine attempts at beating a Mourinho team.

As yet, they have not achieved the feat.

The first encounter was at Stamford Bridge back in 2013-14, the maiden season of Mourinho’s second stint as Chelsea boss.

The Blues won 1-0 against Michael Laudrup’s Swans side thanks to an Eden Hazard goal, then repeated the trick at the Liberty in the return fixture.

By that stage Garry Monk was in charge of the Swans, but his team were beaten by a Demba Ba goal after Chico Flores’ early red card.

The clubs’ next meeting was in West London in September 2014, when both were in fine form.

Chelsea won 4-2 that day thanks chiefly to a Diego Costa hat-trick after the Swans had gone in front through an early John Terry own goal.

Jonjo Shelvey also scored late on, although by then Mourinho was celebrating another victory.

In January 2015, his team waltzed to a 5-0 win in Landore against a badly depleted Swans line-up.

But on the opening day of the 2015-16 campaign, the Swans exacted some revenge as goals from debutant Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis saw Monk’s men claim a 2-2 draw at the Bridge.

Mourinho was gone by the time the clubs met again, but he was back facing the Swans as United manager in November 2016.

Two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and another from Paul Pogba saw the Red Devils chalk up a comfortable 3-1 win in Wales, with Mike van der Hoorn’s first Swans goal offering little consolation for Bob Bradley.

The following April, Paul Clement was the man in charge of the Swans – and he was delighted as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brilliant free-kick secured a priceless point in Manchester after Wayne Rooney’s contentious penalty for the hosts.

Clement did not enjoy the Swans’ most recent encounters with United, however.

Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were among the scorers in a 4-0 victory in SA1 back in August, although it should be said that the scoreline that day was a little harsh on the Swans.

There were no home complaints when Mourinho’s men returned for a Carabao Cup tie in October and progressed courtesy of Jesse Lingard’s double.

That was win number seven against the Swans for Mourinho, with the other two meetings ending in draws.

Can Carvalhal, Mourinho’s friend and fellow countryman, change that record next weekend?