Swansea City season openers: How have the Swans fared?
All eyes will be on Swansea City when David Moyes leads Manchester United out to kick off the new Premier League season at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm).
But how has Swansea fared in the first matches of the season?
Manchester United have bagged six wins and two draws, only losing last year in an away defeat to Everton and in 2004/2005 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But now in their third top-flight campaign, the Swans' season openers haven't always been plain sailing.
Lee Trundle's competitive debut in 2003 saw a 4 - 2 win against Bury under Brian Flynn. Magic Daps' goal topped off a hat-trick by Brad Maylett on a boiling hot day at the Vetch.
It wasn't quite the same story when Northampton visited the Swans' former home in 2004.
Goals from Scott McGleish and Sam Ricketts – who put through his own net on debut - saw Swansea lose 2-0 in the first game of the last season at Vetch Field.
Tranmere Rovers were the first visitors to the Liberty Stadium for a competitive game, and they were the last team to lose to Swansea on the opening day before last season thanks to a debut goal from Bayo Akinfenwa.
Newly-promoted Cheltenham Town were shock winners at the Liberty at the start of the 2006-07 season.
Having missed out on promotion to the Championship the previous season, the Swans went down 2-1 with Leon Knight grabbing a consolation for Kenny Jackett’s side.
Swansea were promoted from League One in 2007-08, but even that campaign didn’t get off to the best of starts with a 2-1 defeat at Oldham.
Nevertheless, it was a brilliant display from Roberto Martinez's men, with Jason Scotland bagging his first goal for the club.
There was more bad news as Swansea began life in the Championship with a 2-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic. Garry Monk was sent off that day, yet Swansea still managed another encouraging performance.
When Paulo Sousa arrived in 2009, the Swans looked like they would finally have something to celebrate. However, after Ashley Williams had put them ahead at Leicester City, the hosts rallied going into half-time and two quick goals denied the Swans their first opening day victory in four years.
Brendan Rodgers led Swansea to the Premier League, but he could not end the opening-day hoodoo, the Northern Irishman going down 2-0 at Hull City in his first game in charge.
There were positives to take from Swansea’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The Swans frustrated their much wealthier opponents for nearly an hour before the class of the home side wore them down.
The Laudrup era kicked off in sensational fashion as the Swans thrashed QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road, and the Dane will be looking for a fast start this weekend when his men face Manchester United.