Manchester United will be without Adnan Januzaj for Sunday's trip to Swansea City, possibly opening the door for Ander Herrera to start in his place at the Liberty Stadium. Januzaj has started United's last four games in the no. 10 role behind Wayne Rooney but was substituted at half-time in Wednesday's (26 August) 4-0 win over Club Brugge in their Champions League play-off second-leg clash.
Speaking at a press conference relayed through United's official website on Friday, Louis van Gaal confirmed the Belgium international was withdrawn due to an injury which will see him miss the weekend game.
Herrera made his first start of the season in that game in a central midfield role before moving into a more advanced position following Januzaj's departure. After a poor first-half, the Spaniard thrived playing as a no. 10, setting up one goal and scoring another as United sealed a comfortable victory in Bruges.
"I started my campaign this year with Herrera on the bench so I had a theoretical scheme in my head that he could play as a 10, and he did well against Club Brugge," van Gaal said. "But in the second-half it was easier for us to play."
Marouane Fellaini is once again eligible for the Premier League after serving his three-match suspension and van Gaal says the Belgium international could feature against Garry Monk's side on Sunday. Phil Jones remains sidelined as he recovers from mild thrombosis, while Marcos Rojo is returning to full fitness after featuring for United's second string against Ajax reserves this week.
United lost home and away to Swansea last season, the first of which was van Gaal's first competitive game in charge at Old Trafford and the Dutchman is desperate to extract some revenge. "I don't want to lose again. It is the only club we could not beat or gain one point against. I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year." He added," We are better prepared this year."