Manchester United vs Swansea City: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

The 2014/15 Premier League season kicks off today with the opening tie between Manchester United and Swansea City, live from Old Trafford in England.

After a strong summer for United where they won the International Champions Cup and went undefeated in preseason, Louis Van Gaal’s team now has to do it for real in the world’s most popular sports league against the underdogs, Swansea, led by manager Garry Monk.

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown on:

Manchester United vs Swansea City, 7:45am ET, NBCSN and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blackett; Lingard, Fletcher, Herrera, Young; Mata; Rooney (c), Hernandez

Subs: Amos, James, M Keane, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Januzaj

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Bony

Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Richards, Tiendalli, Montero, Sheehan, Gomis

Referee – Mike Dean

Commentators – Peter Drury and Jim Beglin

For viewers in the United States, the match will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

54 thoughts on “Manchester United vs Swansea City: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread”

    1. just keeping my powder dry. good luck to all who have a dog in the fight hope all your dreams come true.

      Rebecca was stunning as always! :)

      GO FOREST!

  1. Hi, quick tip. You can also watch the match on the Xfinity/Comcast website. If you go to the Xfinity website, click on TV at the top right corner, click on LIVE TV on the top banner and select the NBC Sports channel.

    The quality is slightly better than the Live Extra website or app. It is also 5 or 10 seconds ahead of Live Extra.

  2. Overcast in Stoke today, about 20c. Not bad weather to start the season with.

    Personally speaking I think Stoke fans need to temper their expectations a little to start the season and see how we settle. It’s been a nice break from domestic football and it’s been an experience to add to the squad before transfer deadline day. I don’t expect Bojan to start but it’d be nice to see him come off the bench.

    Something I haven’t spotted on here yet, Victor Moses is not far off signing on loan which I suspect ends our interest in Assaidi.

  3. Wilfried Bony is a magnificent player. The way he holds up the ball with his back to goal, and is able to twist and turn even when there’s 2-3 United players trying to steal the ball from him.

    1. Had him in my fantasy league for a second season. It’ll cost a lot of money to prise him away for sure. Very Drogba-esque.

  4. To use a line made famous by the late Robin Williams, “Oh captain! My captain!”

    Rooney makes an impact in his 1st game as captain

  5. Right, off now – first match of the season. See if we can get the 3 points off The Villans in front of a full house.

    jtm, need Forest to do me a favour today.

    1. Yeah, it was another reason to laugh at MLS until it was used at the World Cup. It then became the best invention since the painless hair remover. :)

  6. It’s great to see goals finally being scored by midfielders at Swansea, which was one of their weaknesses last season. Ki Sung-Yueng and now Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    1. I imagine Siggy is a very happy young man. His trip off to the wastelands didn’t make him any poorer financially, but sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.

      1. Ki was quality and came up big in big spots last year. He scored the winner against Chelsea to eliminate them from the league cup, he scored the penalty that eliminated United, and he scored off the bench to get the only goal in a Sunderland loss at Anfield.

        1. Rodgers will wait to see if any of the deals for Falcao, Cavani, or Lavezzi falls through before he comes back for Bony. Bony would seem to be the surest thing right now.

  7. Herrera Mata gave nothing could be another long season for MUFC. 2 weeks left to try and get some fresh blood in the transfer market.

  8. Good to see LVG carry on the Moyes tradition :-) . I’m sure the United board will now spend loads to get in some reinforecements knowing what they have isn’t good enough. Blessing in disguise LVG finds out before the transfer window closes what he needs and who needs to go.

    You have to love the EPL! Le’s hope it continues till the end of the season with these surprises.

    1. I agree with this. Now United will go out and bid for half of Europe for 60m each :) Blessing for United. Bad news for the rest of the league

  9. Congrats, Gaffer

    If you have Bony after 9/1, hopefully it means Liverpool acquired one of their other striking targets :)

  10. Once again we are treated to reason #2,578,743,098 why pre-season results mean absolutely, positively and with emphasis, NOTHING! :)

    1. Ridiculous red card.

      I’m not pleased with Mike Dean dishing out 4 yellow cards to Swansea players either. Seems very harsh and excessive.

  11. Poor coaching from LVG there and I’ll call him out on it
    This United side can’t compete against a Moderate press.
    The decision to start Lingard at RWB and Young at LWB backfired. Young should have played on the right and Reece James the left.
    Subbing in Fellaini didn’t make much sense he’s a big lump with no footballing ability.
    Bringing Nani in was to inject pace in the attack but still he should never have come on. He was invisible.

  12. Absolutely shocking today. Poor game from both sides and we’re back to passing for passings sake. Dull as ditchwater and still think they’re playing friendlies.

    Pulis in!

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