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Taking the silver out of the silverware

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]erhaps if teams are so lethargic about the FA Cup then they should just not enter the competition ?

It’s a sad state of affairs – perhaps the glory FA Cup days are gone forever?

West Ham got what they deserved earlier today when their ‘junior’ side were brushed aside by Nottingham Forest – just as the Star Sports market indicated.

Punters only wanted to be with Forest after the line-ups were made public and were rewarded with a 5-0 win.

For Man U, the FA Cup is considered only their ‘third priority’ of the season behind the Premier and Champions League. So how can you possibly lump on at short odds with that news combined with the fact that they have some high profile absentees.

Rooney (groin) and Van Persie (thigh) are both injured, as is winger Ashley Young (shoulder).

United have not won the FA Cup since 2004, when they beat Millwall in the final and face Swansea today in a re-run of the match that gave David Moyes his first success as United manager in August.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Aug 2013 Premier Swansea 1-4 Man Utd
May 2013 Premier Man Utd 2-1 Swansea
Dec 2012 Premier Swansea 1-1 Man Utd
May 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-0 Swansea
Nov 2011 Premier Swansea 0-1 Man Utd
May 1983 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 2-1 Swansea
Dec 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 0-0 Man Utd
Jan 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 2-0 Man Utd
Sep 1981 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 1-0 Swansea
Apr 1938 Div 2 (old) Swansea 2-2 Man Utd

The problem you have if you are considering opposing Man U is that Swansea arrive here in a slump. They are 13th in the table and if their recent form continues then they will very much be in the relegation battle.

Swansea have never won at Old Trafford and come into the tie on the back of seven games (in all competitions) without a victory.

Hopefully though the FA Cup still means enough to them against a below strength Man U side and I’m taking a chance with the draw at around 7/2.

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5 points DRAW at around 7/2 with Star Sports


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