Swansea City vs. Manchester United: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Swansea City vs. Manchester United: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Premier League leaders Manchester United look to extend their six-point lead over last year's champion Manchester City on Sunday when they travel to face Swansea City.

Manchester United have won 14 of their 17 matches this season in league play, and haven't drawn a game to date. They won't be expected to struggle on Sunday when they face a Swansea team who is hovering at the halfway spot in the league table.

The Wales club come into the match losing two of their last three, despite an uncharacteristic start to the season. Any points against the league leader would make a statement and give their supporters something to talk about.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know for this showdown.

 

Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales

When: Sunday, December 23, at 8:30 a.m. EST

Watch: Sky Sports

Live Stream: SkyGo

 

Top Storyline: Can Anyone Stop the Reds?

When Manchester United gutted a 3-2 victory earlier in December in a hostile environment over Manchester City, it gave them a firm, six-point lead over the league. With the direction of both teams, it isn't looking like they'll be stopped at the moment.

While City struggles to find a proper starting lineup to roll with, Sir Alex Ferguson's squad couldn't look better offensively, with Robin van Persie showing no signs of recession from the transfer. His partnership with Wayne Rooney has been surprisingly beneficial and is working like a charm for United supporters.

Nobody other than their in-town rivals will have a chance to shock their title hopes, as they're 13 points from Chelsea and Tottenham, who sit at a tie for third place. 

Unless City can get on a blistering hot streak and United drop a few surprising contests, don't expect anyone other than the Old Trafford side to hoist the trophy.

 

Manchester United Player to Watch: Robin van Persie

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Much of the European football world was stunned to see world-class striker Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United over the summer. There were questions as to where he'd fit in a system that featured Wayne Rooney at the helm.

But by experimenting with various formations and putting their two elite strikers on the pitch in different places, they've experienced unheralded success.

Van Persie has 12 goals, tied for the Premier League lead, and has added five assists to go along with them. While his gaudy numbers were expected to drop upon joining a system with more goal-scorers, that simply hasn't been the case. 

Van Persie continues to dazzle us, only this time it's in Manchester red. 

 

Swansea City Player to Watch: Michu

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Despite leading all midfielders in La Liga last season with 15 goals, Michu was moved to the Premier League for just £2.2 million and wasn't expected to make a huge splash in his debut season.

Now, 12 goals later, he's tied atop the league in scoring with a superstar that he'll face across the pitch Sunday.

There's no doubting Michu's exposure this season into the top tier of Premier League players, but if he wants the soccer world to think he's capable of performing at this rate match after match, it would help to net a goal against Manchester United on Sunday.

 

What They're Saying

While the club gears up for this league showdown, much talk around the fanbase is about the re-signing of defender Jonny Evans.

Evans is now locked up in Old Trafford until 2016 (per The Independent), which shores up a defensive unit that certainly needs long-term reinforcement. 

"Jonny has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first-team squad," Ferguson said. "He has developed into a top player for us and has scored a couple of important goals this season too. I am delighted he has signed a new contract."

 

Prediction

I don't expect Swansea to put up much of a fight in this one. The Reds are just too powerful at the moment and have their eyes on a bigger prize.

Manchester United 3, Swansea City 1

 

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