Gylfi's geared up for United test
19th February 2015
Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to unleash some pent-up frustration on Saturday when Manchester United visit the Liberty.
Sigurdsson missed the Swans' league fixtures with Southampton, Sunderland and West Brom following the red card he received in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn last month.
The Swans experienced a mixed bag of results during his absence with Jonjo Shelvey's stunning strike earning victory against the Saints while Ki Sung-Yueng replied to earn a point against former club Sunderland at the Liberty.
But Sigurdsson's third and final match ban saw the Swans go down to a disappointing 2-0 at The Hawthorns.
And with Louis Van Gaal's side next up at the Liberty, Sigurdsson is desperate to release his frustration following his suspension.
"It was the first and hopefully the last red card of my career," said Sigurdsson.
"It's the worst feeling as a footballer when you're fit and ready to play but you're sat in the stand or watching on TV because you're suspended.
"You can't do anything to help, and it's really frustrating. Hopefully I can release some of that frustration in a positive way on Saturday."
The 25-year-old will be hoping for a repeat result of the Swans' previous encounter with Louis Van Gaal's side, with Sigurdsson scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford in the opening game of the campaign.
It was the first of six goals scored so far by the summer signing from Tottenham, who has played a key role in Monk's plans this season, with the Swans boss admitting recently that his team had missed the Icelandic midfielder during his three-game ban.
"No pressure then!" Sigurdsson joked. "Personally it's been very difficult to watch on from the stands, especially the Sunderland game when we were on top but couldn't get three points.
"It has been frustrating for the boys too because we haven't got the results we wanted. But you go through these types of patches in the season when things don't go your way.
"We need to turn it around and a win against United would certainly do that.
"We beat them on the opening day of the season and it was a great start for us. We went on a good run after that and we'll look to do the same this time around."
Under Van Gaal, United have risen to third in the Barclays Premier League table as the 20-time champions continue a fine run of just one defeat in 15 top-flight games.
And Sigurdsson expects to see a different United to the team the Swans faced back in August.
"While it was a fantastic result at Old Trafford for us, United are different now. They are more settled and are winning games and grinding out results - like we saw at Preston in the FA Cup on Monday," added Sigurdsson.
"They've found their rhythm and have some great forward players who can turn games around.
"And at the back they've got quality in (David) de Gea, who is having a fantastic season.
"We have got to get better if we want to get a result against them. We lost a bit of form after Christmas but I'm confident we will bounce back."