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Swansea ready for United challenge says Laudrup

Michael Laudrup eyes the start of the new season

By | 2nd August 2013
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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says that he is ready for his squad’s opening Premier League match against Manchester United, with his squad getting to play two opening round matches in the Europa League qualifying. The Welsh outfit started their season Thursday night with a 4-0 victory over Malmo, a Swedish football club, and Laudrup is excited to get a few serious matches in before his squad’s opener.

“It’s great to play these two serious games before the league starts,” Laudrup said to Sky Sports¬†about his two Europa League matches against Malmo.

“It’s great for us to play a very important competition rather than two friendlies. I was happy to start now because of this.

“We can use these games as preparation for the Premier League.

“We know cup competitions are important but the Premier League is our daily bread. It is where we want to be and it is where we want to consolidate ourselves as a squad and a club this season.”

The Swans finished ninth in the Premier League last season under Laudrup, and have started off their season in strong fashion, with new signing Wilfried Bony scoring twice for the Premier League club. Swansea will play one more Europa League game before their opening match against last season’s Premier League champions, with Laudrup looking for his squad to repeat their Thursday night performance.

The Swans have been busy this summer, already adding eight players to the squad, including major signings striker Wilfried Bony, attacker Jonjo Shelvy from Liverpool, and Spanish center back Jordi Amat from La Liga side Espanyol, and Laudrup hopes his spending will pay off big for the Premier League side.

United are under new manager David Moyes, the first the time club has not had Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm since 1986 when the Scottish manager joined the Manchester giants, becoming a United legend in the process.

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