Laudrup plays down United test

9th January

Michael Laudrup played down talk of a Swansea City double against Manchester United on Saturday (5.30pm).

The Swans recorded their first ever victory at Old Trafford last Sunday to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Wilfried Bony's stoppage-time winner proved the difference as Laudrup's men re-wrote the history books once more.

The Swans face United again this weekend in the Premier League as they look to reverse a run of form that has seen them win just once in eight league outings. 

But Laudrup insists Saturday's game will be far harder than last time out. 

"At least we have shown that it's possible (to win there)," he said. "In recent games we have played with a lot of confidence, and we just needed a win.

"Sometimes that win comes when you least expect it and that came at Old Trafford. On one hand we know it is possible and we have confidence going there.

"On the other hand I think it will be more difficult than last week. I expect them to come at us and they have to win this game.

"And we have to be ready for that because we know it will be tough."

Swansea's victory at Old Trafford last weekend resulted in back-to-back home defeats for the reigning Premier League champions.

And David Moyes's side suffered their third loss in a row in midweek when they were beaten by Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

However, Laudrup remains focussed on helping Swansea climb the table once more as the second half of the campaign gets underway.

"We have a lot to concentrate on," he said. "I was very happy for the team and for the fans last week, but that was another competition.

"We have to bring this into the Premier League because we still need wins.

"We'll take it game by game and try to move away from that huge group of teams towards the bottom."

Swansea's task has been made all the more difficult with a growing injury list at the Liberty Stadium.

Jonathan de Guzman and Dwight Tiendalli are the latest to be ruled out of the Old Trafford clash

"Apart from Michu and Garry Monk, the rest are not so far away," said Laudrup.

"Three of our four wingers are out, but they will be back soon and we'll have four again.

"But we'll always play a competitive team, and that goes for Saturday as well."