Manchester United vs Swansea preview, betting tips and predictions: Jose Mourinho needs a win at Old Trafford
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has split opinion for his entire reign at Old Trafford, but now he is feeling the pressure more than ever. The Red Devils’ Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla was something no one expected, and with Manchester City able to win the Premier League title by beating his side at the Etihad Stadium next week, should results go their way, there doesn’t seem much to be cheerful about for the fans right now. There is still the opportunity for FA Cup glory in May, but the main aim is securing second spot and Champions League football yet again next season.
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This weekend, they face a Swansea side who have transformed themselves from relegation certainties to a team full of fight, determined to keep their top flight status for another year at least. That is all thanks to Carlos Carvalhal and, while nobody expects anything from his side, he will be hoping to channel the same spirit Sevilla did. They defended extremely well with ten men for 70 minutes against Huddersfield recently, and they will have to do so again, but we cannot look past a comfortable home win.
Manchester United cruised through to the FA Cup semi finals after beating Brighton at home before the international. They will also take confidence from recent wins over Champions League chasing rivals Liverpool and Chelsea at Old Trafford. Manchester City remain the only side to beat Mourinho’s men at home since he took over almost two years ago.
As for Swansea, they are relatively well placed in the relegation battle, sitting four points above the bottom three. But they are without an away win since Carvalhal’s first game in charge back in late December.
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Ander Herrera and Daley Blind remain on the treatment table for United, while Renato Sanches, Wilfried Bony, Angel Rangel and Leroy Fer are absent for Swansea.