English Premiership

RVP back for Swansea trip

2015-02-20 09:57
Robin van Persie (Getty Images)

Swansea - Robin van Persie is expected to return to the squad as Manchester United aim to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions when they face Swansea on Saturday.

Netherlands striker van Persie missed United's 3-1 FA Cup fifth round victory over Preston North End with an unspecified minor injury, but manager Louis van Gaal confirmed his compatriot is expected to be fit for the Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium.

If van Gaal decides to recall van Persie, who is United's top scorer with 10 league goals so far this season, it is most likely to be at the expense of Radamel Falcao.

The Colombia forward has struggled to find consistent form since moving to Old Trafford on a season-long loan from Monaco in September.

He was replaced by Ashley Young after 60 minutes during Monday's match at Preston and United improved significantly after the substitution and tactical switch.

That victory meant United have now lost just once in 19 matches and Young attributes the recent success to a strong bond within the dressing room.

"The club has always had great spirit. I've seen that since I've been here," Young said.

"All the boys in the dressing room are fighting for each other and when you have that off the pitch you take it on to the pitch.

"It's one of the qualities we have as a team. It's a team sport and we always go out and play as a team.

"We showed that on Monday night from the first minute to the last and in the way we came back into the game and won it."

Van Gaal has already had his nose bloodied by Swansea during his brief United career.

The Welsh club enjoyed a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, courtesy of Gylfi Sigurdsson's goal.

Swansea City host Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium at 17:00 on Saturday. 


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