Manchester United have scored just twice in their last two matches away to Swansea and last season could only take a 1-1 draw away from Liberty Stadium.
The Welsh side represents a tricky opening-day test for the reigning Premier League champions, and given that it will also be David Moyes’ first league match as United manager following his move from Everton, the Red Devils will be under even more pressure to bring all three points back north.
The schedule-maker wasn’t exactly kind in putting together a difficult set of early-season fixtures for Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. Following the Swansea trip, United will host Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea before going back on the road to face arch rivals Liverpool, at Anfield.
Three weeks later Moyes will welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford in his first Manchester Derby. And in the context of such a challenging start to the campaign United will surely be anxious to ensure they at least enter the win column against Swansea.
It should be a highly-entertaining match played at a quick tempo, and if Swansea have taught us anything over their two-year stay in the Premier League it’s that they’ll give as good as they get.
The following five slides will reveal a handful of predictions for the August 17 encounter—a look less than two months into the future at one of opening weekend’s most fascinating fixtures.