Manchester United vs Swansea preview: Louis van Gaal searching for goals against 'ghost team'

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal could leave United, whatever the result against Chelsea
Louis van Gaal could leave United, whatever the result against Chelsea

It’s a big game for…

Manchester United attackers: While United provided a much improved performance against Chelsea, in which they had most of the ball and more chances, they still failed to find the net. They have been plagued by a lack of goals since mid-October, and if they are to try and pull themselves out of their current slumps they must find the goal when they get the chance.

Best stat…

1: Swansea have won just one Premier League game away from home all season, against bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa. Considering that they have played ten away games so far this season, and have drawn a further two, Manchester United should be considered favourites to win, although perhaps a draw is the most likely result.

Remember when…

Now ex-United strikers Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck both scored twice as United swept past Swansea 4-1 in David Moyes’ first league match in charge of Manchester.

Player to watch…

Lukasz Fabianski: The Swansea goalkeeper has been in good form recently, preventing a couple of Crystal Palace goals on Monday, helping Swansea to their third consecutive clean sheet.

Past three meetings…

Swansea 2 (Ayew, Gomis) Manchester United 1 (Mata), Premier League, August 2015

Swansea 2 (Ki Sung-Yueng, Gomis) Manchester United 1 (Herrera), Premier League, February 2015

Manchester United 1 (Rooney) Swansea 2 (Ki Sung-Yueng, Sigurdsson), Premier League, August 2014

Form guide…

Manchester United: DLLLLD

Swansea: LLLDWD

Vital Information…

Kick-Off Time: 15:00

TV: Highlights on BBC1, 10:30pm

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