Monk: We won't fear United
14th August 2014
Garry Monk says his Swansea City side will hold no fear when they face Manchester United on Saturday (12.45pm).
The Swans kick off their fourth season in the Premier League at Old Trafford, with the eyes of the world on United and new boss Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman took over back in the summer as he looks to improve the club's fortunes following a disappointing campaign last time out.
Swansea, meanwhile, go in search of their first league victory at Old Trafford - and Monk insists his team have nothing to fear come Saturday lunchtime.
"All of the focus is on them and that suits us fine," he said. "Whenever you go there you know it is going to be tough because of the quality they have.
"They have had a very positive pre-season, but we have had a very good week's training and we'll be positive.
"Everyone is beatable in this league. On any given day, if things drop right and you're on the top of your game, we can beat the big clubs and we've proved that already.
"We know it will be difficult but we don't fear them - we see it as a challenge."
Monk was named permanent Swans boss back in May after steering the club to top-flight safety and a 12th placed finish in 2013-14.
United, meanwhile, finished in seventh place - their lowest since the inception of the Premier League back in 1992 - and will be looking for a far more positive campaign under Louis van Gaal.
And Monk believes the squad is more than capable of finishing even higher this season.
"The players mean business, and they know I do too," he said. But there are no guarantees in this league.
"If we do it right, and with the quality we have, we'll be more than fine. "I'll approach each game as it comes and we'll make sure we are right in every game."
Meanwhile, Monk confirmed that the club was close to finalising a move for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez.
The Argentinean international, who played in all his country's games at the World Cup in Brazil, could complete his switch to the Liberty next week.
"We've had good chats with him and all being well he'll be coming over for a medical as soon as possible," said Monk.
"He brings that pedigree of playing at the top level with both Napoli and Argentina. He is a good size, a good footballer and someone who will suit Swansea City."