SWANSEA CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED 17:30, Liberty Stadium
Swansea were last season’s surprise package, winning the League Cup and finishing an impressive ninth. Last time the sides met at the Liberty Stadium it was a tight affair, ending 1-1 and this will be a tough opening fixture for both teams. Swansea have splashed out a club record fee of £12 million for striker Wilfried Bony who scored 31 times in the dutch top-flight last season and has impressed during pre-season.
Manchester United have an extremely tricky start to their campaign with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all in their first five fixtures so a win against Swansea is imperative. However, the Swans are no pushovers as was shown in last season’s corresponding fixture and a loss would heap pressure on David Moyes ahead of his first home game against Chelsea. Manchester United have a fantastic record on the opening day of the season with only two defeats in the past 17 seasons, Swansea on the other hand have lost five of their last six.
What to watch out for: Manchester United came from behind to claim 29 points in the Premier League last season, whether David Moyes can install the same fighting spirit in United as Sir Alex Ferguson did remains to be seen.
Swansea – Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Routledge, Britton, Shelvey, Hernandez; Michu, Bony
Man Utd – De Gea; Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Zaha, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs; Welbeck, Van Persie