Leon: Let's believe

28th March 2018
First team

Leon Britton is urging Swansea City to take heart from past successes as they look to shock Manchester United this weekend.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men return to Premier League action with a tricky trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho’s side are second in the table thanks in no small part to their supreme home form, having lost only two of the last 42 top-flight fixtures on their own patch.

Both defeats during that run have come against league leaders Manchester City, but the Swans have shown in the past that they have the ability to compete on United’s ground.

They won there in 2013-14 – in the FA Cup – and again the following season, while last spring Paul Clement’s side claimed a priceless point at United as they battled to avoid relegation.

And Britton, who featured in two of those games, reckons the Swans must head north with belief.

“We all know it’s tough going up there and they are particularly strong at home at the moment,” the long-serving midfielder said.

“But we have beaten Liverpool and Arsenal recently and also when we played Tottenham in the league we were unlucky, with one goal which was offside and the second one coming right at the end.

“We have had some big results against the top teams over the years and since the manager came in we have picked up some great wins, so that gives us belief for this weekend.”

The Swans have lost only two of their 10 league games since Carvalhal took charge at the end of December.

And Britton is confident they can maintain momentum even though they are about to face one of the top sides in the land.

“We have had a couple of wins there before and we got the draw there last season,” he added.

“Even when we have lost, we have given a good account of ourselves at Manchester United. That’s what we have to do again this weekend.”