United, Swansea Kick Off New Season

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United
Saturday's match will be time Wayne Rooney will line up as club captain. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au



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Manchester United v Swansea


Old Trafford

Saturday August 16 –   9:45pm (AEST)

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The English Premier League returns on Saturday night, with Manchester United  and Swansea  kicking off the new season at Old Trafford. 

The Red Devils’ off-season has been frantic. Louis Van Gaal was rushed in to take charge of the club after leading Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, while the squad has undergone a massive overhaul. LVG heads into the new season with seven wins from as many start at his new club, and they've beaten world class opposition such as Real Madrid and arch-rivals Liverpool. There is just one injury to worry, with new signing Luke Shaw suffering from a hamstring problem which is likely to keep him out for up to a month.

Since their promotion into England’s top tier football league in 2011, Swansea have been solid, and finished 12th last season. With Cardiff relegated back into the Championship last season, Swansea is the only Welsh side currently in the EPL. Ivory Coast striker Wilfred Bony enjoyed a stellar campaign last time out for the Swans, finding the back of the net on 16 occasions. He will be a danger for United’s new look defence, along with new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Despite opening at a very short price, money has continued to come in for United. They've been impressive in their pre-season tour in the US, and punters are expecting Wayne Rooney and co to emulate that form on Saturday night.

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