Can Swans go from supporting role to stealing the show?
WHEN fans flick through Manchester United almanacs and history books in years to come, Swansea City will play a surprisingly prominent role.
It will not be because of a fierce rivalry between the teams — they have only ever played each other 20 times.
Neither will it be a result of any major controversy. Encounters between Swansea and United have been largely peaceful, apart from an Ashley Williams clearance which Sir Alex Ferguson described as a threat to Robin van Persie's life. No, the reason for Swansea's unlikely eminence in United history is because they will have provided the opposition on two defining days for the Old Trafford club. It was Michael Laudrup's men who lined up against United for Sir Alex's final home match in May.
And it will be Swansea who also take on the reigning Premier League champions in David Moyes's first game in charge tomorrow.
Sir Alex's Old Trafford farewell was a momentous occasion, heralding an end of an era not only for United but for football itself.
Tomorrow's match at the Liberty Stadium will be under a global spotlight too, as the world prepares to watch United play a league game without Sir Alex at the helm for the first time since 1986.
Seeing Moyes in the dugout will take some getting used to, and Swansea will reflect proudly on the fact that it will be at their home that the Scot begins his tenure. Laudrup's side might fancy their chances of causing an upset too.
It has been a summer of uncertainty for United. As impressive as Moyes has been at Everton and Preston, some supporters still feel uneasy about the prospect of a season unsupervised by Sir Alex.
There are the doubts which continue to surround the future of Wayne Rooney.
Once an indispensable, talismanic member of the team, Rooney has found himself on the periphery at Old Trafford and has agitated for a move.
United have rejected offers from Chelsea and Moyes insists the England striker is not for sale, but the saga has soured already strained relations between the club and player.
There is also anxiousness about the fact United have still not made any major signings this summer.
They have courted Cesc Fabregas, seemingly unsuccessfully, and been linked to others — but still no 'marquee' addition has arrived.
All these insecurities have prompted some to suggest that this could be the perfect time for Swansea to face United; to catch them cold.
And if they were to do that and win tomorrow, it would be another reason to write the Swans into United history.