Manchester United will travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City FC on 30 August, Sunday. United have remained unbeaten in this season of English Premier League (EPL) so far.
The Red Devils earned 7 points from three games so far with two wins and one draw. They will be aware of the fact that Swansea got the better off them the last season, not once, but twice. Garry Monk and his boys successfully spoilt Louis Van Gaal's debut as a manager at the Old Trafford in the last season of the EPL as well. They will also have the home crowd right behind their team during Sunday evening's game against United at the Liberty Stadium.
"My first match was against Swansea and we lost. Now I have my 50th and I hope we can show that we have improved. We are better prepared this year. I don't want to lose again. It's the only club we could not beat or gain one point against [last season]. I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year," United boss Louis Van Gaal told reporters ahead of their clash against Swansea City FC.
Swansea also have remained undefeated in this season. They started off with a 2-2 draw against Chelsea followed by a win over Newcastle and a draw against Sunderland last week. And now they will be facing an upbeat United who are high on their win over Club Brugge last week in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League play-off game.
United would be looking forward to carry forth their winning momentum. United beat 7-1 to cruise into the league stages of the Champions League 2015-2016. More importantly, their captain, Wayne Rooney is back in his own colours as he scored a stunning hat-trick against Brugge last Wednesday. Van Gaal will be really happy with his captain and he is hopeful that Rooney will maintain his form against Swansea as well.
"They have spent lots of money and have brought in some quality players. The super powers and the money they are spending on squads is phenomenal. It is getting more and more difficult to produce results against them. But we are trying; we are trying to impose ourselves. They are one of the title contenders. I hope we can cause them problems. It will have to be our best performance of the season to get anything. We've set high standards and we have to maintain them and improve on them," Swansea manager Garry Monk told reporters on Saturday.
Bafetimbi Gomis has found the nets thrice in three games for Swansea in this season. Their fans would be hopeful that Gomis would find the back of the net against United as well on Sunday.
Swansea has no injury concerns in this season and Monk will more or less go with the same team against United as well.
On the other hand, United's Phil Jones has still not recovered. Adnan Januzaj is injured and he will not be available in this fixture. Marouane Felliani will be back in the squad as well after his three-match suspension.
Swansea City FC: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Cork, Shelvey; Sigurdsson, Montero, Ayew; Gomis.
Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata, Herrera, Depay; Rooney.
Where to Watch Live
The English Premier League game between Swansea City FC and Manchester United is set to begin at 8.30 pm IST (4.00 pm BST, 11:00 am EST). Live coverage in India will be on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD4, with the live streaming options on Hotstar and Starsports online.
Viewers in the US can catch Manchester United vs Swansea live in the morning on NBCSN, with the live stream option on NBC Sports Live Extra.