Potential Lineups: Manchester United vs Swansea City

Paul Pogba celebrates with Nemanja Matic.

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Old Trafford will be eager to see action again, as the international break finally comes to an end. Swansea City will be tough visitors, as proven in their recent run at Old Trafford, wherein all three points have been taken by the Red Devils only twice in the last five occasions.

It will be crucial for Jose Mourinho’s men to do the same again before Easter should they secure their second-place finish, what with Liverpool and Tottenham lurking too close for comfort going into the final run of games for the season.

Let us have a look as to how the two sides will lineup going into the fixture.

Manchester United

Injuries will be a fresh concern yet again after the international break. The old woes of Daley Blind still stand, while the likes of Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, and Marcos Rojo, while having recovered, are still on the fence in terms of immediate first-team football.

Joining them will be youngster Scott McTominay who, having enjoyed a splendid run of games, will miss out against the Welsh-based team after having picked an injury during the break. Romero is another unexpected addition to the list.

Mourinho also provided an update on Young’s fitness, stating: “Ashley Young had a problem in the last part of the game against Italy but we think there is a chance for him to recover.”

This means that Pogba ought to retain his usual spot, and Martial’s return from injury might grant him playing-time as well.

Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young
Midfielders: Matic, Pogba
Attackers: Mata, Lingard, Sanchez; Lukaku

Formation: 4-2-3-1

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Swansea City

Despite being placed in the 14th position, Swansea find themselves in the precarious position of being just three points above relegation zone. As of such, they will be fighting tooth and nail for any point they can get.

Having lost out on Angel Rangel, Wilfried Bony, and Leroy Fer for more or less the rest of the season, on Saturday, they will be without Renato Sanches as well. In addition, Jordan Ayew won’t be making the trip to Manchester either, as he is serving out a red card suspension.

Goalkeeper: Fabianski
Defenders: M. Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson
Midfielders: Naughton, Andy King, Ki, Clucas, Olsson
Strikers: Andre Ayew, Tammy Abraham

 

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