EPL 2011-12 Preview: Swansea Vs Manchester United

Swansea City play host on Saturday, November 19, 2011, in match week 12, when Manchester United come visiting, at Liberty stadium.

Swansea are coming off a creditable 0-0 stalemate against Liverpool at Anfield, in match week 11. Swansea shared enough possession in the game but without troubling the Liverpool back-line, unduly. Dyer staged a right-to-left run in the 64th minute but he squandered a scoring opportunity after collecting a through ball. With six minutes left, Graham knocked down the ball in front of the Liverpool goal but Mark Gower failed to keep the ball down, and Swansea missed out on what would have been a historic win for the promoted side.

Manchester United edged out Sunderland in a lacklustre home game, at Old Trafford, in match week 11. In a match unforgivable except for coinciding with Sir Alex's 25th anniversary at the helm, United's win was built on Wes Brown's own goal, at the interval. While dominated possession, in the first half, they rarely tested Westwood, in the Sunderland goal. While Hernandez had a glimpse of goal in the second half, after being put through by Fletcher, the Bulgarian striker blew the chance by going down a bit too easily, in the face of a charge by Larrson, in the Black Cats' area. Referee Lee mason was not impressed with the penalty claim that ensued. Kieron Richardson denied United the chance of a second goal in the 64th minute when he swept efforts from Nani and Hernandez, within a minute of each other.

Head to head, Swansea and Manchester United have met in 8 league games, with United triumphing on 6 occasions, with the remaining matches ending in stalemates. The last time these teams met was in may 1983, in the English first division; that match hosted at Old Trafford was won 2-1 by Manchester United.

Swansea have won 3 and lost 3 of their last 8 league matches, while United have won 3, drawn 2 and lost one of their last 6 league games.

Currently in a creditable 10th place on the league table after being promoted from the Championship this season, Swansea have hosted 5 home games, this season, and won 3 and drawn 2 of them, while Manchester United, who are in 2nd place behind Manchester City have had 3 wins and 2 draws in 5 games on the road.

United have lost steam since the brilliant beginning to their Premiership season. But Sir Alex's wards carry enough firepower to be able to take away all three points from Liberty Stadium, come match week 12.

Swansea City's starting eleven against Liverpool: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Gower, Britton, Allen, Routledge, Graham, Dyer.

Manchester United's starting eleven against Sunderland: Lindegaard, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Rooney, Park, Wellbeck, Hernandez.

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