10/01/2014 11:16, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: United v Swansea

Last meeting: That will be last Sunday’s FA Cup exit, where Javier Hernandez swiftly cancelled out a 12th minute opener from Wayne Routledge, who turned provider late on when Bony nodded his cross beyond Anders Lindegaard. United were a man short for the last 10 minutes after Fabio got his marching orders for a crude challenge on Jose Canas shortly after replacing the injured Rio Ferdinand.

Betting: The Reds are 1.45 to win with our official online betting partner bwin, while the draw is 4.25 and Swansea are 6.75 to repeat last Sunday’s outcome. Adnan Januzaj had a goal ruled out for offside and came close to scoring several other times at Sunderland, so the talented teenager is temptingly priced at 29.00 to open the scoring in a 2-0 win. 

Did you know? Wayne Rooney has more assists – nine – than any other player in the Barclays Premier League so far this season. No wonder United fans are so keen to see the no.10 return to action.

The manager: Michael Laudrup was a class act as a creative midfielder with a host of top European sides in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as a talented Denmark team of the time. His first season in charge at Swansea yielded the club’s first-ever major trophy when they claimed the Capital One Cup last year.

Star man: Ivorian striker Bony was a thorn in United’s side all throughout last Sunday’s cup tie, and the 25-year-old now has 10 goals in all competitions since arriving in south Wales from Vitesse Arnhem last summer.

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