Thursday, 19 February 2015

Swansea v Man Utd: 3 Reasons For Swans Fans To Be Optimistic

Nathan Lewis gives us three reasons to be hopeful heading into Saturday's clash with Man Utd

We’ve already beaten Man Utd once this year

Given our recent form, it’s easy to forget the blistering manner in which we started the season. The result at Old Trafford could perhaps be partly attributed to a United side that had not gelled perfectly under new manager Louis Van Gaal, but the Swans players will nonetheless head into Saturday’s game knowing that they are capable of beating their opponents. The line-up for the game at the Liberty will likely be very similar to the line-up from the first day of the season, with the only difference liable to be Gomis in for the departed Wilfried Bony. This would be some game for the Frenchman to announce himself.

Gylfi’s back

It feels like it’s been longer than three games without the Icelandic international, but this weekend sees the return of our most creative player. With 8 assists, 46 key passes and 4 goals so far this season, Gylfi has been one of the stars of the side when available, and fans will hugely look forward to him starting on Saturday. The Swans have recently looked a bit blunt up front, and much criticism, warranted or not, has been heaped upon Bafetimbi Gomis for not being Wilfried Bony. With Gylfi playing behind him and creating chances for him, the French striker should hopefully find some form and begin to rack up the goals.

Our midfield is fully fit

There were points during our nightmare period in January where our midfield looked a little thin, particularly on the more defensive side. Leon Britton has been missing for most of the season, Ki has only recently returned from the Asian Cup, and Jonjo was missing for large chunks of January through suspension. Following the small break enforced by our FA Cup exit, there is now strong competition for places in midfield. 

With the likes of Leon, Ki and Jack Cork all in contention for a defensive midfield place, there will hopefully be a return to the possession football that has been craved so dearly of late. If we can hold the ball well at home on Saturday, there is a strong chance we can come away with a result.

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