PREVIEW: Manchester United v Swans

16th August

The Swans get their Premier League campaign under on Saturday when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford (12.45pm).
Garry Monk's side are the first to take on a United team managed by new boss Louis van Gaal, who took over after leading Holland to a third-place finish at the World Cup in Brazil.
The fixture sees a reversal from this time last year as the Swans suffered a 4-1 defeat against Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium.
However, the Welsh side did knock United out of the FA Cup back in January and go in search of their first league win at Old Trafford.

United will be without summer signing Luke Shaw who has a hamstring injury, while the home side are also without Robin van Persie, Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick.
Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge return for the visitors but Leon Britton, Marvin Emnes and Jay Fulton are ruled out.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: "I've made him (Rooney) captain because of his attitude on the pitch and the training ground.
"Not so much outside the pitch, but I've told him that is important to me and he's accepted his responsibility.
"I've liked very much how he has trained and performed so far."

Swans boss Garry Monk: "All of the focus is on them and that suits us fine. Whenever you go there you know it is going to be tough because of the quality they have.
"Everyone is beatable in this league. On any given day, if things drop right and you're on the top of your game, we can beat the big clubs and we've proved that already.
"We know it will be difficult but we don't fear them - we see it as a challenge."

  • Swansea's three previous matches on the opening weekend of Premier League season have produced 14 goals
  • Manchester United have won six of their last nine on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League season (D2 L1)
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three times in his last two league games against Swansea City
  • Manchester United have never lost on the opening weekend at Old Trafford in the Premier League (W8 D3)
  • Wayne Rooney currently has 173 Premier League goals and needs two more to draw level with the third top scoring player in PL history (Thierry Henry - 175)