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Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will again be missing when Manchester United entertain Swansea at Old Trafford.

Rooney has been sent for some warm weather training as he tries to overcome a groin problem that has kept him out of United’s last two games, whilst Van Persie has not recovered from a thigh strain which has sidelined him for a month.

In addition, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Ashley Young are injured, whilst Fabio is suspended.

Meanwhile, Swansea’s injury woes have deepened ahead of their return to Old Trafford.

Jonathan de Guzman, Roland Lamah and Dwight Tiendalli have joined Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernández, Garry Monk, Michel Vorm and Michu on the sidelines, leaving manager Michael Laudrup with limited options against the reigning champions.

Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Angel Rangel will return to the back four with Jose Cañas and Leon Britton set to start together as deep-lying midfielders.

Provisional squad: Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Bony, Cornell, Routledge, Rangel, Canas, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Richards, Davies, Zabret.

David Moyes has spent the new year accumulating unwelcome records.

Slip on Saturday and it will be the first time in 53 years United have lost four successive matches.

If only he could call on Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. But that cavalry is not about to arrive.

Swansea too have a deepening injury list, though Wilfried Bony is available.

And he was enough to see off United last week in the FA Cup.

Stat of the game: Swansea may have won at Old Trafford in the FA Cup but they have gone six league games without a victory.

Manchester United (Possible, 4-2-3-1): De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj; Welbeck.
Out: Fabio (suspended), Dellaini (wrist), Nani (hamstring), Rooney (groin), Van Persie (thigh), Young (shoulder), Jones, Ferdinand (both knee), .

Swansea City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Cañas, Britton; Shelvey, Vazquez, Routledge; Bony.
Out: De Guzman (calf), Lamah (groin), Dyer, Michu (both ankle), Hernández, Tiendalli (both hamstring), Monk, Vorm (both knee).

Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 11, R1 Y30.

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