Today's media round-up
18th August 2014
After the stunning 2-1 win at Manchester United in the opening game of the Barclays Premier League, the media spotlight has been on the Swans.
Gylfi Sigurdsson reflects on his perfect start after marking his Swans return with the winning goal, while Dwight Tiendalli hailed the team's defensive display.
Lukasz Fabianski insists the Swans must back up the result when Burnley visit the Liberty on Saturday, while Wales Online have listed five things learned about Garry Monk's side and, finally, former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown takes a tactical view of the game in his column in the Daily Mail.
Sigurdsson celebrates 'perfect' return with winning goal at Manchester United
Garry Monk's star summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson repaid the manager's faith in him with the winning goal at Old Trafford and invited the rest of the Premier League to write the Swans off at their peril
As far as second comings go, even Gylfi Sigurdsson himself had to admit his return to competitive action with Swansea City was nigh on perfect.
The 24-year-old Icelandic midfielder set up Ki Sung-Yueng for the Swans' opener at Manchester United that drove home what proved to be the winner at Old Trafford after Wayne Rooney had levelled for the home side.
It was a shock and a historic opening day win for Garry Monk's men and a result that embarrassed new United boss Louis van Gaal during his first game in charge.
For Sigurdsson it proved a triumphant return after he re-signed for the Swans this summer from Tottenham following a loan spell at the club two years ago
And the midfielder said things had improved for the better at Swansea during his time away and that he had no regrets in leaving White Hart Lane for the Liberty Stadium.
"It couldn't really have gone any better, it was perfect to come to Old Trafford and get the three points," said Sigurdsson.
"We knew it would be hard, but we dug in really hard during the last 10 to 15 minutes and defended really well.
"The centre-backs were excellent and we thoroughly deserved the result. It feels similar at Swansea to a few years ago, but the club has made some improvements.
"The club now has a new training ground, which is a really good development. But a lot of the people are the same, the staff and players, and it has been very easy to gel here.
"It was quite weird for the first couple of weeks back having Garry as manager, but I have got used to it now.
"He is making the most of his opportunity.
"He is very organised and he plans everything down to the finer details.
"He might not have expected to start like this, but we know he is going to give it his all.
"He would not have expected to be manager so soon, but I am sure it is going to work out well for him.
"Our careers are quite short and I could not afford to spend a lot of my time sitting on the bench waiting to play football at Tottenham.
"Thankfully I have come here, got the start and a goal.
"I feel at home at Swansea, I really enjoyed my time here last time and hopefully this is the start of a good season."
South Wales Evening Post
Tiendalli hails defensive discipline for Manchester United win
Dwight Tiendalli hailed Swansea City's defensive discipline after Garry Monk's men secured a stunning opening-day victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Monk has spent the summer working to make Swansea a more organised defensive unit.
And that preparation paid dividends in Lancashire where the visitors produced a superb counter-attacking performance.
They restricted United to only a handful of opportunities, and goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson were enough to claim three points.
"It was a great win. As a team we played really well, our mentality was great and our spirit was great," said Tiendalli, who replaced Neil Taylor at left back in the second half.
"There have been a lot of changes this season. We've lost some players and others have come in. We have worked a lot on the shape and how to defend together. We fought for every second ball, we blocked shots.
"It's about the whole team because if you are right defensively, you can go forwards from there.
"We know United away was going to be difficult because they have quality players but we also knew we had a chance."
Swans must refocus after Man Utd win, says Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski says Swansea City cannot get too carried away following their opening day Premier League win at Manchester United.
Goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the Swans historic first league win at Old Trafford.
But keeper Fabianski, 29, signed from Arsenal, insists Swansea must now refocus for upcoming home games against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.
"We have to make it great by winning the home games," he said.
"The important thing is to not get too excited about this and prepare ourselves for the home games.
"I just hope we put in a good effort in training and prepare ourselves well for the next game and take maximum points in the next home game."