PREVIEW: Swans v Man United
6th November 2016
Swansea City welcome Manchester United to the Liberty Stadium this afternoon aiming for their first victory since the opening day of the season.
Following Monday night's defeat at Stoke, the Swans languish in 19th position in the Premier League, five points adrift of 17th place.
United, meanwhile, have enjoyed a frustrating start to the season themselves.
Despite spending in excess of £150 million in the summer, including a world record £89 million on Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho's side have struggled to find consistency so far this season and are already eight points behind the league leaders.
United were held to a 0-0 draw with Burnley last time out, having dominated every statistic except the scoreline.
And whilst he may be banned from the stadium this afternoon, Mourinho will no doubt be hoping for a change in fortunes at the Liberty today.
Jefferson Montero has been declared fit for this afternoon's match against the Red Devils, but it remains to be seen whether he will feature from the start or on the substitutes bench.
United forward Anthony Martial and defender Chris Smalling could return to action against Swans after spending time on the sidelines with foot injuries.
Ander Herrera, however, will miss out through suspension following the red card he received against Burnley, while Paul Pogba is an injury doubt after being withdrawn from the action against Fenerbahce on Thursday.
Eric Bailly (knee ligament) and Antonio Valencia (broken arm) are long-term absences for Mourinho's side.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swansea manager Bob Bradley: "What I see on the surface is that the group does a good job with everything.
"They understand going into a game what the opponent wants to do and some of our ideas on how to handle that.
"But in a match, situations develop quickly, and you need the ability to recognise those situations, to smell danger and react quickly.
"For me, that's the area where I think we are missing the most. That's what I mean when I talk about players lacking confidence.
Man United boss Jose Mourinho: "We are in this moment fragile. I know we are. But we are not scoring enough goals. In moments like this, we need to be stronger mentally and start the game better than we did.
"Football is not just about quality, it's also about effort, commitment, playing to the limits and giving everything."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Man United 2-1 Swansea City (January 2016)
Swansea City 2-1 Man United (August 2015)
Swansea City 2-1 Man United (February 2015)
Man United 1-2 Swansea City (August 2014)
Man United 2-0 Swansea City (January 2014)
3 - Man United have failed to score in their last three matches in the Premier League.
4 - Man United have lost four of their last six matches against the Swans.
4 - All of Swansea's past four fixtures against Man United have ended with a 2-1 scoreline.