In the two seasons since their arrival at the highest echelon Swansea have kept Manchester United honest and this term they have the knackered old Amstrad up at Soho Square to thank for pairing them up with the Champions at an advantageous stage of their Moyesian reformation. The Swans are up to speed – thanks to their Europe League exploits – and they should be able to claim at least a point from visitors still clutching at straws in the transfer market.
That Swansea shook off late-season lethargy to very nearly party-poop Sir Alex Ferguson’s last Old-Trafford encore is demonstrative of the trouble they have caused the Red Devils since their arrival in the top flight with 1-0 (home) and 2-0 (away) losses in 2011/12 followed by improved figures last term, when United where held at the Liberty and breached during their 2-1 Fergie farewell win.
Given this fairly moderate scoring history, a punt on under 3.5 goals at 2/5 might be considered, but for greater rewards Swansea can be backed to at least equal if not better their efforts against United at home last term.
Unlike the Red Devils, the Swans got some tidy transfer business done and dusted some time ago and new-boys Wilfried Bony – 31 league goals in 30 games in Holland last year – and Alejandro Pozuelo have already advertised their abilities in the classy 4-0 Europa League destruction of Malmo.
Moyes’ men in comparison displayed their league-winning pedigree only in snatches during a routine Community Shield win against Championship opposition and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them struggle to shift through the gears enough to dispose of the Swans in South Wales.
Michael Laudrup’s men may have seen their form tail off after their League Cup-winning high-water mark last term, but prior to that glorious moment they’d lost just twice in 18 home games, adding weight to the argument that theirs is not a nest that any old cuckoo might take over.
As such the 3/1 about a Welsh win is intriguing, but a more pragmatic punt may the 91/100 about the Swans in the double chance (home or the draw) market.
Whilst 2/1 Bony will be itching and scratching to earn his Premier League scoring wings against United, Michu – with whom the seeds of a profitable partnership have already been in evidence this pre-season – has already proved himself a consistent bane for Red-clad defenders.
The lanky ex-Rayo Vallecano attacker has bagged in both his meetings with United and can be backed to score at any time during proceedings at a generous 2-1.