3 Key Battles That Could Decide Manchester United's Clash With Swansea on Saturday

Both Manchester United and Swansea played well in their fixtures last week. The Swans secured a point after a resilient defensive display against Southampton and United thrashed West Ham 4-0 in a near perfect performance. The Red Devils will want to continue in the same vein and look to secure all three points versus a Swansea side which lacks attacking options at the minute. Here are three key battles that will determine the scoreline on Saturday... Leon Britton will have a large role to play...

Paul Pogba vs Leon Britton

Leon Britton will have a large role to play for his team this weekend due to the majority of the game likely to be played inside the Swansea half. The Swans midfielder's job is to protect the back four and control the game when Swansea have possession.


Britton played superbly for Clement’s side in their opening day fixture against Southampton, but will need to play to an even greater standard to cope with Paul Pogba - who has shown his attacking threat already this season. 


It should be a fascinating duel if both Pogba and Britton are on form. The Manchester United midfielder will look to play a killer through ball at any opportunity on Saturday, and will look to link up with the likes of Lukaku and Rashford to breakdown a Swansea defence that was so resilient last week.

Tammy Abraham vs Eric Bailly

Tammy Abraham looked lively against Southampton, however was unable to find the target from his three efforts on goal. The England U-21 international seemed to have to create all of his opportunities for himself due to Gylfi Sigurdsson's transfer away which left Wayne Routledge lacking the creativity to supply the Swansea striker. 


The man posed to stop Abraham is Eric Bailly. The Ivorian has had his introductory season and will look to push on throughout this campaign as Mourinho's first choice central defender. Javier Hernandez was unable to bypass Bailly in their clash on Sunday and was dominated in all aspects of their encounter. 


If Abraham can continue his fine form from his Championship campaign with Bristol City he could potentially cause problems for Bailly. On the other hand the Man Utd defender looked superb in his opening game, and will contribute to an exciting encounter between himself and Abraham on Saturday. 

Romelu Lukaku vs Federico Fernandez

Romelu Lukaku used his speed and physicality to completely outclass Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna at the heart of West Ham's defence. United's new signing scored a brace on his debut and is likely to continue his goal-scoring form in this fixture. 


Tasked with stopping the Belgian international is Federico Fernandez. The Swans defender made eleven clearances whilst also keeping Manolo Gabbiadini at bay - resulting in a well-earned away point. 


However, Lukaku is a far tougher opponent to come up against than Southampton's strike force. Therefore, Fernandez will have to be at the top of his game to deal with the Manchester United striker's physicality, pace and determination in the final third. 


An exciting encounter arises to see whether the ex-Everton man can become just the fifth United player to score in his first two Premier League outings for the club.

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