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Swansea City vs. Manchester United: Lineups and Discussion

Robin Van Persie, Phil Jones

Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie, left, celebrates his goal against Wigan Athletic with teammate Phil Jones during their English FA Community Shield soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


Manchester United travel to Liberty Stadium to begin their title defense against Swansea. The match starts at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The big news, of course, is that Wayne Rooney starts this match on the bench. But considering all the speculation over his supposed move away from United, even the fact that he traveled with the team is significant. Rooney’s presence doesn’t quell speculation about his future, but it may give an added boost to his side.

And despite a win over Championship side Wigan in last week’s Community Shield, David Moyes is still under pressure to prove his worth. An opening day victory over Swansea will help, but the Welsh side, for their part, are determined to build on last season’s success. They’ve strengthened their side with the record signing of Wilfried Bony, but the Ivorian doesn’t make the starting XI. New boys Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas do, however.

As Manchester United begin their title defense, watch live here on NBC Sports Live Extra.

And discuss the talking points of the game as it happens, right here on ProSoccerTalk.


Swansea: Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, Chico Flores, Angel Rangel, Leon Britton, Jose Canas, Wayne Routledge, Jonjo Shelvey, Nathan Dyer, Michu

Manchester United: David de Gea, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie, Antonio Valencia