Following a defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League on New Year’s Day, Manchester United will look to restart their season as they entertain Swansea in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The 2-1 loss at home to Tim Sherwood’s side brought an end to something of a renaissance for beleaguered boss David Moyes, as United had won each of the previous six games in all competitions. News of Wayne Rooney struggling with a groin problem adds to their woes, although Danny Welbeck is in fine form, having scored five goals in six games. Eleven points off the pace in the Premier League, Moyes may well be looking to the domestic cups as their best chance of delivering silverware this season.
Swansea, meanwhile, are without a win in seven and have never beaten their opponents away from home. Although with United losing three of their last five home games, Old Trafford is perhaps not quite the fortress it once was, and visiting fans will be hoping that Wilfried Bony, who scored twice against Manchester City on Wednesday, can help fire them to a surprise victory.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Swansea 1 (Bony) Manchester United 4 (van Persie 2, Welbeck 2), Premier League, August 2013
Manchester United 2 (Hernandez, Ferdinand) Swansea 1 (Michu), Premier League, May 2013
Swansea 1 (Michu) Manchester United 1 (Evra), Premier League, December 2012
This will be the sides’ first ever meeting in the FA Cup.
Swansea have not beaten Manchester United since a 2-1 win in Division Two in 1935.
Manchester United have won the FA Cup a record 11 times.
Manchester United to win: 1.4
Swansea to win: 7
TV: Live on BT Sport 1 at 4.15pm, highlights on ITV1 at 10.45pm