This is the other Premier League game that has taken on a completely different angle ahead of the weekend, with Manchester United fans poised to mourn Sir Alex Ferguson’s impending retirement rather than celebrate the title they have recently won. Opponents Swansea will be travelling to Old Trafford with absolutely nothing on the line, with the Swans guaranteed a top half finish in yet another sterling season for the Liberty Stadium outfit.
There were suggestions in the early portion of the campaign that Manchester United were far from their best, with several poor results and numerous defensive frailties prompting many to believe that they would not be capable of wrapping up yet another title victory. However, with two games of the term remaining, United are already ten points clear at the top and look set to end Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in football on a high. It would be fair to say that Ferguson’s decision to leave the game shocked the whole industry and while he may be the wrong side of 70, many were under the assumption that he would carry on indefinitely. Now that’s not the case, the interesting issue isn’t really this upcoming game against Swansea, but more on how his replacement David Moyes is going to fare in his new role.
Swansea know exactly what it is like to go through a period of transition, with many unsure on how the club would fare following Brendan Rodgers’ departure in the summer. As it turns out, the club have progressed to the next level and are certain to better last year’s 11th place finish. Michael Laudrup has adopted to English football superbly well and while the Dane has announced that he will remain at the Liberty Stadium for next term, one has to question whether this will be the case if any of the rumours surrounding potential suitors proves to be true. For now, he’ll probably be looking to end Swansea’s season on a high, with the club winning just one of their last eight.
As for team news, there are doubts as to whether or not Wayne Rooney will feature following his recent request to quit Old Trafford. Rooney’s absence could pave the way for Danny Welbeck, who could return to the starting eleven following a knee injury. Elsewhere, Rafael will not play due to suspension. The visitors have plenty to report and Michael Laudrup could be boosted with Ki Sung-Yueng, Michu and Chico Flores all set to return following spells on the treatment table. However, it’s not all positive, with Angel Rangel and Michel Vorm doubtful through fitness concerns.
In terms of a prediction, we think Sir Alex will bow out of Old Trafford on a high. Swansea haven’t looked like their best through recent weeks and bearing this in mind, we think United will triumph with a 2-0 victory.