Last week Swansea defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup, since then they have lost against Sunderland to extend their recent form to three defeats in a row - surely Swansea couldn't make that four?
If United are to cease their slide into mid-table mediocrity today, they will have to do it without Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. In their place will be Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa. Kagawa on his day is not far of the level of Rooney and van Persie, the problem is United have never used him as he ought to be used.
At United he has either been used as a left winger, or as the main playmaker behind the striker pulling the strings. A common misconception is that Kagawa is a playmaker, at Dortmund he did play behind the main striker, but never as a playmaker. Dortmund were (and are) very much a counter attacking team that launch attacks at the blink of an eye with mesmerising one touch passes. If anyone was the playmaker in the team in it Sahin, and then latterly Gundogan. They would be at the base of an attack while the others made darting runs to get themselves into position.
United play a different system and until that is addressed Kagawa will continue to fail. If that occurs in today's game it is hard to see who will create chances for United. Welbeck has shown he does indeed have the clinical touch people have accused him of lacking, however, he is still incapable of making space for himself. Elsewhere Januzaj and Valenica are for different reasons lacking an end product. Furthermore, United do not have any better options on their bench that could radically change the match.
Indeed in the last game they played, United only had 8 shots on goal and had less possession than Swansea. If the same United team lost 2-1 against Swansea a week ago, why would today be any different?
Today will just be another affirmation United need new additions to the team and quickly.
Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City