The Champions get their season underway as the Swansea v Man Utd odds suggest David Moyes will not be in for an easy ride in South Wales.
The evening matchup is one of the more intriguing ties gets under at 5.30pm on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium with David Moyes looking to get his first Premiership game under way as manager of Manchester United.
The Swans are highly fancied to build on last season’s success, when they won the league cup, and challenge for a top 8 finish the first step of which is a tricky assignment against David Moyes Manchester United.
Moyes lifted the first trophy of his reign last weekend as United claimed the season’s curtain raiser, the Charity Shield, but the real work of emulating the success of Sir Alex Ferguson starts now.
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The former Everton manager has bemoaned the tricky opening schedule that United have been handed and while Chelsea and Liverpool will no doubt prove tricky assignments the trip to Wales has the potential to be a real banana skin.
Michael Laudrup’s side have been impressive in pre-season and even more so in their opening competitive fixture, a 4-0 home over Malmo in the Europa league qualifiers.
Laudrup’s preparations for the clash have been disrupted somewhat by the news that he will have to do without on-loan Dutch star Jonathan de Guzman due to concussion suffered in a training ground collision with Dirk Kuyt on International Duty.
The loss of De Guzam will be offset somewhat by the news that Pablo Hernandez and Jonjo Shelvey are both available again after their respective groin injury and illness, while record signing Wilfried Bony is set to make his debut.
The Ivory Coast star may have to contend with a place on the bench however after only arriving back from Ivory Coast’s friendly against Mexico in New Jersey on Friday.
Moyes meanwhile faces a big decision as he decides whether or not to include the fit again Wayne Rooney.
Rooney played 67 minutes of England’s win over Scotland on Wednesday and is widely expected to be on the bench at the Liberty Stadium.
Right back Rafael, Javier Hernandez, Nani and Ashley Young are all set to be miss out meaning that Wilfried Zaha could make his first start after impressing in pre-season.
Michael Carrick should be start after recovering from the eye infection which kept him out of England’s friendly.
This looks to be a cracker and gets underway at the Liberty Stadium Swansea at 17:30 GMT.