Man United’s habit of playing out dull but productive games shows no signs of abating: their goalless draw against City in the Manchester Derby will have pleased few fans (especially given that Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt late on), but their unbeaten league run stands at 24 games, a streak they’ll look to extend on Sunday when they take on Swansea. The Swans beat Stoke at the Liberty Stadium last time out, but they’ll know that a trip to Old Trafford is an altogether different kettle of fish.
United have been consistently unspectacular at home. They’ve not lost at home in the league since early September, but they’ve drawn five of their last seven at Old Trafford, and each of these games (dating back to mid-January) has gone under 2.5 total goals, so this game looks set to be fairly cagey regardless of the outcome. That outcome is likely to be a win for United, however, based on Swansea’s efforts against top-six sides this season: they’ve lost eight of their last nine such matches despite scoring in each of the last three, with their solitary win coming at Liverpool in January. They’ve lost six straight road games, the last three of which were to nil, so we’re unlikely to see them create many chances at Old Trafford.
Overall, despite the absence of both Fellaini and Zlatan, this looks likely to be another low-scoring win for Mourinho’s consistent but unspectacular United side. We’ll side with United and Unders here.
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