Manchester United take their 5-match unbeaten run on the road to Wales this weekend, hopefully with revenge on their minds. It won’t be forgotten that the Swans did the double over us last season. Let’s get caught up with Swansea:
Garry Monk has been at the helm since being appointed player-manager in February 2014. The Jacks avoided relegation that season and went on to a brilliant 2014-15, finishing 8th. Still a young man at 36, Monk is now the Premier League’s second-youngest manager – only behind Norwich City boss Alex Neil.
Monk is prepared to set out his stall to absorb attacking pressure, choking midfield to force attackers wide. Swans will then hit on the counter through a very competent and dangerous set of attackers in Montero, Sigurdsson, Ayew and Gomis.
Twin 2-1 losses for the Reds against Swansea last campaign and we must do better. The first reverse was in LVG’s opening league match in August – Wayne Rooney scoring for MUFC after Ki’s opener, Sigurdsson nabbing the winner.
The return leg was in February and saw Ander Herrera score, but goals from Ki and Gomis saw us lose all three points again. Let’s hope the South Korean misses out on Sunday!
Swans also did the double over Arsenal last season, which notably made them only the third side to take all the points from both the Gunners and MUFC in a season.
It’s been a pretty quiet summer at Liberty Stadium, coming off a period of heavy activity last season – mainly triggered by Wilfried Bony’s big money departure to the bench at the Empty-had. Swans have a growing reputation for buying wisely, and this summer looks like no exception.
Portuguese striker Éder has joined from SC Braga, left-back Franck Tabanou has arrived from Saint-Étienne to provide competition for Neil Taylor and winger André Ayew could be a steal – joining on a free from Marseille and stepping right into the starting lineup.
The season so far…
Like us, Swansea were busy winning comfortably in midweek. In their case, they had a League Cup tie with York that gave Monk a chance to play a shadow squad.
Another thing we share is an undefeated streak in the league. Swans drawing with both Chelsea and Southampton away, and notching a 2-0 win over Newcastle at home.
Gomis has three league goals to his name so far, with newcomer Ayew already on two. Jefferson Montero has played like Nani – at times frustrating and unplayable in equal measure. Our fullbacks have been brilliant so far, but they had best be on high alert with the direct and pacy wing play I expect to see from Swans.
I’m looking forward to this one. See you at 1600 BST Sunday!