Preview: Swans v Man United
17th August 2013
The Swans will be looking to get their season off to a flying start when the host Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium (5.30pm).
Michael Laudrup's side begin their third campaign in the Premier League by hosting the reigning champions - with new boss David Moyes set to take charge of his first league in charge of United.
The Scot took over following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, with the visitors having a new man in the dugout for the first time in 26 years.
The Swans, meanwhile, come into the game full of confidence following a successful pre-season programme.
Laudrup's men won seven out of seven before comfortably progressing to the play-off round of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Malmo.
United have an excellent record on the opening day of the season, picking up 43 points since the Premier League started back in 1992.
The Swans, however, have only won one of their last seven opening day fixtures - a 5-0 success over Queens Park Rangers a year ago.
Swansea will be without Jonathan de Guzman, after the midfielder suffered concussion while on international duty with Holland.
Meanwhile, David Moyes will make a decision on Wayne Rooney after the striker played an hour for England in midweek, while Rafael is suspended.
What they said
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "It's never the right time to face a team like Manchester United. But we know we have to play them and playing them first is not bad for us.
"Whatever they do, they will put out a strong team. But I'd prefer to play them now, instead of October and November maybe."
United boss David Moyes: "I think it' s the hardest start for 20 years that Manchester United have had.
"I hope it's not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year [that] the fixtures have been made much more difficult."
Swansea ended a run of six successive opening day defeats with a 5-0 win at Queens Park Rangers last season
Michu has scored in both of his two previous appearances against Manchester United, and netted a league-high six headed goals last season
Manchester United stats
United's last three Premier League away games have ended as draws, despite them scoring eight goals in that spell
Manchester United have lost just two of their last 17 opening league fixtures, though one of those was last year at Everton
Only Chelsea (44) have won more points from their opening games
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