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14/08/2014 10:00, Report by Ryan Grant
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Preview: Manchester United v Swansea

The return of the Barclays Premier League is finally upon us and, this season, Manchester United will kick things off against Swansea City. Here's what we can expect from Saturday's match at Old Trafford...

Date, time and coverage: Saturday 16 August, 12:45 BST. The match is live on BT Sport in the UK. Follow ManUtd.com's live blog and Twitter feed throughout the 90 minutes.

Team news: Luke Shaw will have to wait for his debut after picking up a hamstring injury while Jonny Evans, Rafael, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck all missed the friendly with Valencia. Robin van Persie is behind with his fitness after his World Cup exertions but Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini came off the bench in midweek and promoted their claims. Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge have recovered from injury and the visitors look in good shape.

Betting: Official betting partners bwin have priced United as strong favourites to win at odds of 1.36 with the draw at 4.60 and an away win at 8.50. The Reds are 2.00 to be winning at half time and full time while new skipper Wayne Rooney is a 4.25 shot to score the first goal. 

Opposition view: Swansea have become synonymous with fast, free-flowing football in the last few years, the likes of which we could witness again on Saturday. The Welsh side have strengthened this summer, with new additions Bafetimbi Gomis, Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson giving Garry Monk's men a more potent threat going forward.

Recent Meetings: The opening day of the 2013-14 season saw the sides meet at the Liberty Stadium, as two goals

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