After the latest setback in David Moyes’ turbulent first season in the hot seat at Old Trafford, he must now pick his side up to face Swansea in the FA Cup. With the defeat to Tottenham on New Years Day having serious repercussions for any vague title ambitions Moyes may have harbored, he must now see the Cup competitions as the only realistic source of silverware this year. That said, his penchant for ringing the lineup changes is becoming very apparent and this will no doubt be in evidence again here.
It’s almost certain that Rooney will miss out due to his persistent groin problem and Welbeck will most likely be rested too, so Hernandez can expect to start with Kagawa playing in the role he prefers just behind the front man.
Darren Fletcher can expect a start as he looks to get to full match fitness and Carrick will probably start as he continues his return after a lay off. Giggs may well give Janujaz a deserved rest while Rio Ferdinand may be called upon for a start, a scenario that has barely occurred at all this season as Moyes attempts to get Jones, Smalling and Evans functioning as the new-look defensive core. De Gea could have done much better with the second goal against Spurs, and will be able to reflect upon that from the bench as Lindergaard is now fit.
It will be a much changed line up undoubtedly, and this will offer a morale boost to a Swansea side who have only won twice in their last 16 games and will be without their talismanic front man Michu, as he recovers from an operation.