Swansea City v Manchester United talking points

5th November 2016

Swansea City boss Bob Bradley hopes to inspire his team to a first home victory of the season when they take on Manchester United this weekend.
The Swans are in need of a result of having failed to win in the Premier League since the opening day of the campaign, but it will take a big performance to trouble Jose Mourinho's star-studded United side.
Here we look at the key talking points going into the game.

A United treble?
The Swans will go in search of a third successive home victory over Manchester United this weekend, and that would be a spectacular achievement given the size and power of the two clubs. Garry Monk's Swans side beat United in February 2015 thanks to goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Bafetimbi Gomis, then repeated the trick six months later. Andre Ayew scored the hosts' opener second time around before another Gomis winner. The Swans' overall record against the Red Devils is impressive. In 27 meetings, the Swans have 10 wins compared to United's 12.  

The Special One's special record
The Swans might have chalked up some famous wins over United in recent seasons, but they have not had much joy against their new manager. Jose Mourinho has faced the Swans in five games, all of which came during his second stint at Chelsea. He won four of them and took a point from the other, the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of last season. In two visits to the Liberty, Mourinho's Chelsea scored a total of six goals and conceded none.   

All go for Montero
Bradley has welcomed the return to fitness of the Swans' Ecuadorian winger, who is yet to start a Premier League game this season. Montero was left playing catch-up at the start of 2016-17 thanks to the Copa America, then picked up a calf injury which has kept him out for over a month. In all, he has played just 116 league minutes to date this term. That looks set to change against United, with Bradley noting that Montero "has the ability to make something special happen".

Ki to the United door?
Ki made his 100th Premier League appearance for the Swans at Stoke last Monday, with the midfielder averaging a goal every 10 top-flight games in the white shirt. Given that he has made nine league appearances since he last found the target - at West Ham late last season - Ki may be due a goal this weekend. He has previous against United - two of his Swans strikes have come against the Old Trafford giants.

Mourinho watch
United's manager will not be seen in the Liberty's away dugout having been sent to the stands by Mark Clattenburg following an incident at half-time during the draw with Burnley last weekend. Instead the Portuguese is expected to watch the action from the stand as he serves a one-match touchline ban. After no win in four Premier League games, Mourinho's concern this weekend will be what happens on the pitch.

Reaction time
The Swans were left licking their wounds after defeat at Stoke, with Lukasz Fabianski suggesting the 3-1 reverse should serve as a wake-up call. Bradley reckons his players must react quicker to what happens during games if they are to turn their form around. Almost three months since their last league win, Fabianski and Co are aware that a result this weekend would be very timely.