Preview: Manchester United to strike whilst the iron is hot and put the defeat behind them?


Swansea City -v- Manchester United

Carabao Cup 2017/18

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Tuesday 24th October 2017; KO 19:45 BST

Live on Sky Sports Football HD in the United Kingdom

Manchester United will face Swansea City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening. It is Jose Mourinho’s first match after the defeat away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, a result United deserved after their poor performance, which was not just against the Premier League new boys, but also against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League and against Liverpool in the Premier League. United will need to find some form and fact if they are to make it into the fifth round of the league cup this week and Swansea City, fresh from their own defeat this weekend, will be seeking to pounce on a hurting Manchester United side.

United, on the other hand, will need to pounce on Swansea and show them no mercy in a bid to get the much-needed result in their defence of the league cup this season. United beat Swansea 4-0 at the start of the season when everyone was talking about this United side and just how far they could go. The thing is that United were not challenged until they face Liverpool at Anfield last weekend and were lucky to leave Merseyside with a point. In Lisbon, the goal scored by Marcus Rashford was more luck than clinical attacking and Huddersfield gave United a game at the weekend, being on top for the majority of the match with United running out of ideas.

Injuries have hampered United at this early stage of the season, not that it is an excuse. United are without Eric Bailly, who should be back in action this week, whether it will be against Swansea or Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford is the question, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Phil Jones limped off on Saturday with Victor Lindelof replacing him, so United are down to bare bones in midfield and central defence with just Chris Smalling, Lindelof and Daley Blind fit, and Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in midfield. United will need to dig deep for a result to make the rest of the football world notice, then follow that up with a victory over Spurs at the Theatre of Dreams this coming weekend.

Previous Matches: Swansea City winless in the last four matches against Manchester United

Manchester United and Swansea City have met competitively 30 times since the 5th September 1931 – in that match, it was United who took the points with a 2-1 victory. In all of the matches played, United have won 14 times, drawn six times and lost ten times. The last defeat to Swansea was on the 30th August 2015, a 2-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium. Since that match, the two sides have met four times, United winning three and drawing once. United had a seven-match unbeaten run against Swansea with stretched from the 0-0 draw on the 18th December 1982, right to way through to the 4-1 victory on the 17th August 2013. United have a four-match unbeaten streak currently, something which Jose Mourinho will be seeking to extend to five matches with Swansea yet to visit Old Trafford this season.

Form: Jose Mourinho’s side have had the better start this season but are now licking their wounds after Saturday’s defeat

Manchester United started the season in fine fettle with two 4-0 victories against West Ham United and Swansea City – their opposition in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. United had only dropped two points in the Premier League before the international break at the start of the month with that 2-2 draw away to Stoke City, but a 0-0 draw at Liverpool and a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town, United have dropped seven points this season, feeling the hurt from their first defeat of the season. In the UEFA Champions League, United have won three in three, in good stead to reach the knockout stages of the competition. A 4-1 victory over Burton Albion in the third round of the Carabao Cup set up this tie with Swansea this week.

Swansea City did not have the best start to the season, winning just twice in the Premier League against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town, drawing with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, and being defeated by Manchester United, Newcastle United, Watford, West Ham United, and Leicester City at the weekend. In the Carabao Cup, Swansea have won both matches (obviously) beating MK Dons and Reading, setting up this tie with United – a game where revenge could be on the menu for Jose Mourinho’s side, or so Paul Clement will be hoping. United’s pursuit in Europe could be their downfall with Swansea much fresher at this early stage of the season, but United will be much fitter, injuries aside.

Team News: Injuries, injuries, injuries. It is no excuse and United need to push on and play for the badge on their shirts, not the name on the back!

Jose Mourinho will be without Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and most probably Phil Jones, who is the latest injured player, limping off in the defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Eric Bailly has been pencilled in for a return this week, but it is uncertain whether that will be away to Swansea or at home to Spurs this coming weekend. United could be left with just three experienced central defenders; Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Daley Blind for this match – Axel Tuanzebe, if fit, should be given a chance, with just Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in midfield. The attacking options for Mourinho are not that great either with Marcos Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku in need of a rest. Mourinho will need to take a gamble, possibly throw United’s chance of retaining the league cup this season, ensuring his side is ready to throw all they have at Spurs this weekend.

Predicted Starting XI: A gamble for Jose Mourinho could keep United in the Carabao Cup; using the same players could expose United against Spurs!

Match Prediction: A close victory for Manchester United in the Carabao Cup?

Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United

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