Manchester United are under immense pressure as things have not gone their way in the Premier League, and also other competitions. The Red Devils, who started the Premier League season as title favourites, have not been able to deliver as expected as they lie on eight place. Manchester United will hope to get their A game going as they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City on Sunday.
Despite their below par season so far, Manchester United should not have trouble in getting past Swansea, who are struggling in the season. The hosts lie on second last place in the table, and Jose Mourinho will want a solid reply from his players after a disappointing loss to Fenerbahce (Europa League) and a draw against Burnley (Premier League) in their last two encounters.
Such results, where they are expected to win, have been a worry for Mourinho and the fans. There is no either ways about the upcoming match for United against Swansea. The Red Devils have to secure three points with a clinical display, and take that confidence in the future matches in the league, which is already looking tight at the top.
The star players of the club including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata and others need to stand up and be counted. Else this season is going to be further difficult. Other key player Paul Pogba is doubtful for the clash.
Mata understands the race to the top is getting increasingly tight, and wants his players to perform as a unit against Swansea and upcoming matches.
"We need to, we have to. I'm enjoying myself on the pitch but I'm a team player and I want us to win football games and I want to keep winning trophies with this club. We have to put the individual terms aside and think as a group and a team and try to perform in a way that we can win a few games in a row especially in the Premier League because that's where we need to get closer to the top," United's official website quoted Mata as saying.
United should also be careful at the back, with some key defenders injured including Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia. Swansea might not have scored many goals this season, but they could well fancy their chances against defenders like Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, who are primarily left-footed.
This match is important for both the teams in different contexts. Manchester United are battling at the top, while Swansea, who will start the match as second favourites, are looking to get out of the relegation zone. Swansea have just picked one win in the season so far, and have not been able to produce good football.
Swansea have players like Fernando Llorente, Leroy Fer and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who needs to shine in front of their home fans if they are to even pick a single point against a desperate United team.
Where to watch live
Swansea City vs Manchester United football match is set to begin at 8.30pm IST, 3 pm GMT, 10am ET. Live Streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: Star Sports Select HD2. Live Streaming: Hotstar.
UK: TV: NO Coverage
USA: TV: NBCSN, Telemundo. Live Streaming: NBC Sports Live.
Thailand, Middle East: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Australia: TV: Optus Sport. Live Streaming: Optus Online.