How Manchester United Will Line Up Against Swansea City

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How Manchester United Will Line Up Against Swansea City
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David Moyes has an early opportunity to avenge Swansea's FA Cup win over Manchester United when they visit Old Trafford for the second time in six days on Saturday.

Unfortunately for him, he's got all the same injury problems that affected his team selection last time. 

Moyes will again have Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez as his only fit, senior centre-forwards, as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie continue their comebacks from injury.

Moyes told the Manchester Evening News on Friday that Rooney, who has a groin injury, has been sent for warm-weather training, but could be back to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 19.

Wayne has been sent away on a sort of hot weather break.

His groin has not quite recovered yet. We have sent a fitness coach with him and he is away with his family.

We gave him a bit of a break, I always hoped I would be able to do it at some point in the season but his groin is not as good as we hoped at this moment in time.

Hopefully we can get him fit for Chelsea and we will see how he is. He will do some work with the fitness coach.

Robin is not available yet as well, he's going to be a little while. We will do everything we can to get [him and Rooney] back quickly.

Moyes started with both Welbeck and Hernandez against Swansea on Sunday, but left Hernandez off his team for the defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday.

He's faced with a similar selection problem against Swansea, as he decides whether to pick one striker and a five-man midfield or two strikers and four across the middle.

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In midfield, Michael Carrick will almost certainly start while Tom Cleverley is also likely to continue with both Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones injured and Ryan Giggs unlikely to play twice in a week.

One of Moyes' favourites, Antonio Valencia, will start on the right with Adnan Januzaj or Shinji Kagawa on the left since Nani and Ashley Young are sidelined. 

If Moyes chooses to play Welbeck up front on his own, Kagawa, Darren Fletcher and Anderson will battle it out for the third slot in central midfield. It would be Anderson's first appearance in the Premier League since the defeat to West Brom on September 28.

On defence, Rafael and Patrice Evra are favourites to start in the full-back positions, with Moyes set to pick two centre-halves from Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling.

Rio Ferdinand is still missing with a knee injury.

United v Swansea (possible line-up): De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Evans, Vidic, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Januzaj, Welbeck, Hernandez.

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