Manchester United will take on Swansea City in the first game of the 2014/15 Premier League season at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 12:45pm BST. Live coverage is on Bt Sport 1. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm BST.
United come into the new season after winning the last encounter 2-1 against Valencia in the pre-season friendly. Darren Fletcher gave Louis van Gaal's side a lead after the start of the second half, while the La Liga outfit equalised from Rodrigo's strike.
However, it was Belgium international Marouane Fellaini's last touch of the match that saw United seal a late win against Valencia. The victory not only gave the Red Devils a much needed boost before the start of the season, but also gave Van Gaal his first win in his debut match at Old Trafford.
After their latest win over Valencia, United have won all the seven pre-season games and are still unbeaten under their new manager. The Dutchman would be hoping to extend his side's run and start the season with a win against the Welsh club.
Meanwhile, Swansea have not enjoyed the same fate as that of United during the pre-season fixtures. They have managed to win only three of their five matches, which include a 3-0 defeat against Villarreal less than a week ago.
United and Swansea faced during the first game of the last season as well at the Liberty Stadium. The Red Devils sealed a 4-1 win in David Moyes' first league game as United manager.
The Red Devils faithful would be hoping for a similar result, but also hope to avoid a similar run endured under the former Everton manager during the later stages of the season.
What Managers Say
Louis van Gaal: "I wanted to assess my team. I can judge only when I am the coach and I transfer my philosophy and know how they perform. So that's what I am doing. I think that is honest. We have to wait and see, because you can buy a player in 24 hours, believe me. That's not a problem."
Garry Monk: "I guess the proof will come on Saturday. Look, the Premier League is full of big clubs with some of the best players in the world so, whatever the team, whether it is a good time or not depends on you and how you are on point with your game."
Betting Odds (888Sport.com)
- Manchester to win: 10/29
- Swansea City to win: 17/2
- Draw: 4
- Last Result: Manchester United 2-1 Valencia
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
- Last Result: Swansea City 0-3 Villarreal
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L W W
- Injured: Carrick (ankle), Shaw (hamstring), Valencia (leg), Evans (leg), Van Persie (match fitness), Welbeck (knee), Johnstone (unspecified)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Probable Lineup: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blackett; Young, Fletcher, Herrera, James; Mata; Rooney, Hernandez
- Injured: Britton (knee), Emnes (knee), Fulton (knee), Donnelly (ankle)
- Doubftul: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Probable Lineup: Fabianski; Taylor, Bartley, Williams, Rangel; Ki Sung, Shelvey, Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson; Gomis, Wilfried Bony