Leon relishing United opener
15th August 2013
The eyes of the football world will be fixed on the Liberty Stadium this Saturday, as Swansea City kick-off their Barclays Premier League season against champions Manchester United.
Michael Laudrup's side go into the opening fixture buoyed by a hugely positive pre-season and a successful Europa League double-header with Malmo.
Now they take on the defending champions, who will be led for the first time in a league fixture by David Moyes after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Swans have picked up just one point from their four encounters with United, while they have the same outcome while facing Moyes' Everton side in the top-flight.
So they will be looking to earn a first victory in the Premier League over club and manager on Saturday.
But, as Leon Britton explains, it's going to be the ultimate test for the home side.
"People ask is it a good time to play Manchester United, but you have to remember they are the champions and won the league by 11 points last year," said Britton.
"Yes, they have changed their manager but they have not changed their players that much.
"Once you step over that white line you look up and see internationals all around the park.
"We couldn't have asked for a much tougher game.
"It's all eyes on Manchester United to see how they start under a new manager. It's a new era.
"You saw the job David Moyes did at Everton over the last ten years. He didn't have the biggest budget, but they always finished very highly under him.
"He did well against us in his time in charge of Everton - he got his tactics too well. Hopefully he doesn't do too well against us on Saturday.
"The whole world will be watching this game, so if we can cause an upset that would be a massive achievement for us."
After winning the club's first major trophy last season via the Capital One Cup along with finishing ninth, the Swans have prepared for the new campaign by smashing their transfer record after spending £12million on Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem.
Laudrup has also brought in England international Jonjo Shelvey, Spanish trio Jordi Amat, Jose Canas and Alejandro Pozuelo along with securing the return of loanee Jonathan de Guzman.
With the squad bolstered, expectations from outside of the club are high.
And Britton is relishing another season of Premier League football. He added: "It's going to be tough to better ninth position from last year. That was a fantastic achievement.
"The manager has improved the squad with a number of quality players. We now have at least two players in each position, which we will need this season as we have the league, the domestic cups and Europa League.
"We are playing Manchester United in the first league game which is live on television and we are showing off a £12million striker.
"It's been a great journey not only for the players but for the fans, staff and the board. Hopefully we can continue this journey."
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