Man Utd v Swansea Betting Predictions – Back Man Utd at 3/1 with Betfair
It’s getting to the stage of the season where individual games can have huge implications on the outcome of relegation and the chase for European places. At Old Trafford, when Manchester United host Swansea, both will be at the centre of attention.
United have found their feet of late, recently beating Chelsea at home and then travelling to Turf Moor at getting a win over Burnley. Both games showed what Jose Mourinho’s side are about, defensive strength and pace on the counter, especially when Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not playing. It can be argued that, although the 35-year-old Swede has been in great form this term, netting 28 goals, the Red Devils are much more potent without him.
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With him as the focal point, the build up play is very slow and United struggle to break through defences because he holds the ball up. Wayne Rooney may have scored against Burnley, his first goal since January, but Mourinho prefers Marcus Rashford up front because he makes penetrative runs in behind the defence and can dribble with the ball at his feet while stretching the play by drifting wide.
Rashford scored the key goal in United’s Europa League victory over Anderlecht and backing him to score first would be a good bet against Swansea. Victory is the only outcome that will suit Paul Clement’s side, who find themselves two points adrift in the bottom three, behind Hull, despite beating Stoke last week. They will need to push on and that will leave space for the likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial, who also scored at Burnley, to get in behind.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente are key for Swansea, and Clement says they have momentum after beating Stoke. They will definitely be a threat, but United’s struggles against sides in a similar position earlier in the season have been in breaking them down. The more Swansea push on, the more chances will appear for United’s attacking players. Leroy Fer and Jack Cork will have their work cut out stopping the supply line to the attack, while also attempting to stop Paul Pogba overloading from midfield.