Manchester United v Swansea: Match Preview

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Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck will miss Sunday's visit of Swansea with an ankle injury.

Welbeck picked up the injury in a tackle with Nigel de Jong during Monday night's Manchester derby. The Red Devils will also be without centre-half Jonny Evans but goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is fit again and should take up a place on the bench.

For the Swans, former United youth team player Alan Tate has recovered from a calf injury and trained earlier in the week. The Welsh side will also complete a late check on the fitness of Angel Rangel before deciding whether to include the full-back in the match-day squad.

United will go into the fixture having watched Manchester City play Newcastle earlier in the day and, depending on the result at the Sports Direct Arena, could go back to the summit of the Premier League.

However, United will need to escape a poor recent run of form, with only one win from their last four league fixtures. Likewise, Swansea have suffered in recent weeks, recording only one win in seven.

Brendan Rogers' side have won many plaudits for their style of play and the Swans boss will be hoping for a better finish to an otherwise successful maiden campaign.

Jones backs United to respond

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has insisted his side have what it takes to bounce back from their disappointing derby day defeat to City. The Red Devils missed the chance to seal a 20th league title, going down 1-0 to a first-half Vincent Kompany header.

However, Jones has backed his team to respond with a strong result against Swansea to make sure the title goes down to the final day.

"We probably didn't play the best we could have on Monday and it is disappointing," the centre-half told "But make no mistake about it; we are level on points with City. Goal difference separates us at the moment and you've seen already this season that there have been so many twists and turns."

The former-Blackburn player predicts the title race will go down to the wire and insists the mood in the camp is still positive going into the final two fixtures.

"Obviously the day after the derby the lads were gutted and massively disappointed. But we have moved on quickly and pushed it to one side," said Jones.

"There are still a lot of bubbly characters about and we are looking forward to the game at the weekend."

Following their fixture with Swansea, United play their final game of the season away to Sunderland. The Swans face Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on the 13 May.

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