Ahead of the new season, we’re planning to speak to a fellow blogger from every opposing team the week before the two sides meet. First up is Scott Mackay, a lifelong Swansea fan who owns the #1 sports blog in Wales – The Swansea Way. Go check out his site, and see the questions he’s answered for us below.
Jordan@Old Trafford Faithful: Who are you, and how did you become attached to your club?
I’m Scott Mackay – owner/founder/editor/supremo at The Swansea Way. I’m Swansea born and bred, and after my next-door neighbour Brian took me to a Third Division game back when I was ten or eleven I was hooked. I held many a season ticket at our old home, the Vetch Field, and now try to stay on top of all things Swansea City so that the website is as current and informative as possible
Jordan@OTF: What do you make of Swansea City’s chances this season?
I’m less confident than I was before the 3-0 home defeat to Villareal last weekend, put it that way. We’ve definitely got the players to perform this season – whether we pick the right formation to get the job done is a different matter though.
Jordan@OTF: What would have to happen this season for you to consider it a successful one?
Quite simply: avoid relegation. While three prior seasons in the Premier League would seem to indicate we’d have loftier ambitions at this point, for a club our size avoiding relegation is definitely our prime motivation.
Jordan@OTF: Louis van Gaal – what do you make of our new gaffer?
Impressive. I love his attention to detail, and I am slightly envious of the switch to a 3-5-2 system as I think that would benefit the Swans massively. With no European competition this year Man Utd would be my dark horses for the title.
Jordan@OTF: What do you make of Manchester United’s transfer business?
Fairly impressive – if Vidal does actually sign though that’s the key. It’s imperative for United to regain CL football as another season without it would jeapordise various commercial deals, which would have huge knock-on effects. I’m sure if it looks like the top four is just out of reach come January money will be made available to strengthen the squad.
Jordan@OTF: If you could sign one Manchester United player for Swansea, who would it be and why?
At this moment in time? To be fair there wouldn’t be many I’d turn down, but Chicharito seems set for the exit door and I’d love to have him down here.
Jordan@OTF: Who do you see as Manchester United’s most influential player?
Hmm…good question. Darren Fletcher has the potential to make a huge impact if he can be managed through the whole season, but Rooney’s appointment as captain indicates he’s being asked to lead the line both on the field and off it.
Jordan@OTF: Where do you think United will finish this season?
I’d be confident of a top-four finish, but I wouldn’t rule out a title charge – especially when European football starts catching up with your competitors.
Jordan@OTF: Finally, give us your score prediction for the game this weekend?
SM: I’m famously bad at predictions – and not just because I refuse to predict anything other than a Swansea win. With that in mind I’ll go with a famous 3-2 Swansea away win. Why not?