For the first time in 27 years, Manchester United begin their season without Sir Alex Ferguson on the sidelines. His successor, David Moyes, will take charge of his first Premier League match as Old Trafford boss when the defending champions visit Wales to play Swansea City in a tricky away fixture on Saturday.
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Kick-off is set for 5.30pm BST, with Sky Sports 1/1HD, Sky Sports 3D and Sky Go providing live coverage in the UK. Watch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One/One HD at 10.30pm.
Moyes, who was recommended to United by Ferguson himself, had no easy introduction to his Old Trafford reign. The club struggled in pre-season under the Scot, managing two wins from seven friendly matches. Also, despite admitting the need to bring in two or three new faces, the manager has failed to make a major signings this summer, with Thiago Alcantara joining Bayern Munich and top target Cesc Fabregas deciding to continue at Barcelona.
Moyes and United's preparations have also been hampered by speculation surrounding unsettled striker Wayne Rooney, who has been heavily linked with a move to title rivals Chelsea. The England international has travelled with the Red Devils squad to Swansea, despite not making a single appearance during pre-season and could feature on the bench on Saturday.
However, despite the setbacks, the former Everton manager secured his first title with a 2-0 victory over Championship side Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield last week and will be hoping that turns out to be the first of many.
Michael Laudrup, on the other hand, has had a successful summer so far with the Swans. The League Cup winners have yet to lose key players, although captain Ashley Williams continues to be a target for Arsenal. The other good news for fans is the club managed to add a host of new signings, fuelling suggestions among pundits they could continue to climb the league table this season as well.
The Welsh club have also been in excellent form during pre-season, triumphing over Swedish side Malmo in their Europa League qualifier tie and also winning all seven of their matches, scoring 28 goals in the process.
The corresponding match last season ended in a 1-1 draw in December, with Patrice Evra and Michu registering their names on the scoresheet.
What Managers Say
Laudrup: Goals are the most important thing in football. Overall, my target would be to consolidate Swansea as a mid-table team. If we could do that it would be absolutely fantastic.
Moyes: (on the fixture list) I think it's the hardest start for 20 years that Manchester United have had. I hope it's not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year.
- Last Five Games (all competitions, most recent first): W L D W D
- Last Match: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester United
- Last Five Games (all competitions, most recent first): D W W W W
- Last Match: Malmo 0-0 Swansea City
- Injured: de Guzman (concussion)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Probable Line-up (4-4-1-1): Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, B Davies; Routledge, Britton, Shelvey, Hernandez; Michu; Bony
- Injured: Chicharito (hamstring), Nani (groin), Young (ankle), Fletcher (bowel)
- Doubtful: Carrick (eye), Evans (ankle)
- Suspended: Rafael (last of three)
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck; van Persie
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