Only securing a point from two games has cost United dearly with the initiative switching to Manchester City in the title race. The 1-0 reverse at the Etihad Stadium followed the 4-4 draw against Everton as the Reds have picked up four points from the last four outings. Swansea lost four games on the trot before rediscovering some form with a belting of Blackburn and a draw at Bolton. In the Welsh side's last fixture, watched by Sir Alex and Mike Phelan, Brendan Rodgers' side threw away a 4-1 lead to only pick up a point against relegated Wolves.
Ins and outs
Jonny Evans is unlikely to be fit in time after missing the derby defeat and Danny Welbeck is also expected to be sidelined after being hurt by Nigel De Jong's rash challenge on Monday night. Although there could be a situation where United need to chase an improbable amount of goals, it would be a surprise if Sir Alex radically alters his formation or tactics although a striker will surely be drafted in to beef up the attack with Javier Hernandez favourite to get the nod. Antonio Valencia could also return to the line-up. Angel Rangel is striving to get fit in time for the visitors after injuring his hamstring whilst carrying his baby son down some stairs at home. Former Red Alan Tate is back in training despite picking up a calf strain before the game with Blackburn.
The Reds' first-ever visit to the Liberty Stadium ended in victory thanks to Javier Hernandez's first-half strike, set up by Welshman Ryan Giggs. United were still five points behind leaders Manchester City at the time, despite the 1-0