Swansea City vs. Manchester United: Predicting the Starting XI for the Champions

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst INovember 17, 2011

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 27:  Wayne Rooney #10 of the Manchester United congratulates teammate Dimitar Berbatov #9 on his goal against the MLS All-Stars during the second half of the MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena on July 27, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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It feels ages since the last league match, as club football returns following the International break. This weekend sees a number of big ties that could change the look amongst the top five, but whatever happens after Sunday, Manchester City will remain at the top.

Arsenal will face Norwich City who have proven to be one of the more tough competitors edging fellow new boys Swansea on goal difference. Nonetheless a victory for the Gunners could see them move into fourth depending on other results.

Saturday's big clash is no doubt the two unbeaten teams. Manchester City will host Newcastle United—a rejuvenated Newcastle I should add, currently in third, one point behind Manchester United

But ultimately the focus will be on Sunday when Liverpool travel to the Bridge to face Chelsea, both teams having difficult starts to the season, although it should be understood that Liverpool has seen an improvement following last season's disaster.

Shifting the focus to United's match when they visit Liberty Stadium in Swansea:

The break could have been the best possible opportunity for players to regain their strength mentally at least after a shaky few weeks.

The side that could line up will be a strong one no doubt, although a few key players could be benched with the Champions League fixture in mind.


GK: David de Gea

RB: Phil Jones

LB: Patrice Evra

CD: Rio Ferdinand

CD: Nemanja Vidic

RM: Antonio Valencia

LM: Luis Nani

CM: Michael Carrick

AM: Anderson

CF: Wayne Rooney

ST: Dimitar Berbatov


This is one of the strongest lineups although there is room for much more. Personally I feel Hernandez will be left on the bench. With the possibility of Young, Clever and Giggs not being available, Ferguson will want some kind of impact player in the event he needs to make a change during the match.

Nani will be a likely starter following his performance for Portugal, it also gives an opportunity to Carrick to regain match fitness.

I have a slight feeling Phil Jones could make a midfield appearance with maybe Fabio at right back, this after his games with England. He seems so much more confident going forward, driving through the middle.

Berbatov is a wild bet, depending on the fitness of Danny Welbeck, I would like to see the Bulgarian make a starting appearance giving him all the time he needs to find his form.

Accepting that Swansea is a team with lesser experience and quality compared to most of the Premier League, United need to use these next two months to the best of their abilities.