Today's media round-up
12th August 2013
In today's selection of media stories, England international Jonjo Shelvey talks about his easy transition into the Swans squad following his summer switch from Liverpool.
And Neil Taylor feels Michael Laudrup's side can claim a top-half finish this season thanks to the strength in depth at the Liberty.
South Wales Evening Post
Fit-again Swans star Shelvey eyes Manchester United clash
Jonjo Shelvey is relishing the prospect of another crack at Manchester United after his spat with Sir Alex Ferguson last season.
Shelvey was sent off for a foul on United defender Jonny Evans as Liverpool were beaten 2-1 at Anfield last September.
Swansea City's £5 million summer signing was furious about the decision, for Evans leapt into a 50-50 challenge with both feet raised and, arguably, he was more deserving of a red card.
As Shelvey left the Anfield pitch, he got into a war of words with Sir Alex.
The midfielder later apologised to the now departed United boss via his Twitter account but added: "Where I come from, people don't grass people up to get someone sent off."
Shelvey did not feature when Liverpool went to United in January, but he should face the Red Devils this weekend when the new Premier League season kicks off.
The 21-year-old missed Swansea's Europa League tie in Malmo last Thursday through illness, but he is now back to full fitness and has joined up with the England Under-21 squad for their friendly against Scotland in Sheffield on Tuesday night.
He will return to Swansea on Wednesday to prepare for Saturday evening's mouthwatering meeting with the champions .
"It's good at Swansea, I'm really enjoying it," Shelvey told TheFA.com.
"It's going really well. We performed really well (in the first leg against Malmo) and that gave us a little bit of breathing space when we went out and got a draw.
"But the main one if on Saturday against Manchester United."
Shelvey, who has one senior cap, has a chance to impress Roy Hodgson as the England manager is also taking charge of the under-21s this week.
"It's great to work with Roy and get a taste of what the seniors do," Shelvey added.
"Playing under different managers with your club and country is good because you get different experiences."
Taylor backs Swans for top-half finish
Neil Taylor believes Swansea's squad is strong enough to secure a top-half finish this season and says the players must be ready to rotate as the club juggles European competition with domestic action.
Manager Michael Laudrup gave 18 players starts in the two Europa League games against Malmo.
Taylor believes the Swans' starting line-up in their opening Premier League clash with Manchester United on Saturday will not carry as much significance as usual.
"All over the pitch, there are so many players who could easily play," said Taylor.
"This is such a strong squad - I'd say it is up there in the top half of the Premier League because if a man comes out, you can be comfortable with whoever comes in.
"We've probably got another XI really. You saw in the two European games that Garry Monk didn't appear, and when has he ever let the club down when he's played?
"That shows how highly-rated our team should be at the moment. I honestly believe this season there will be massive rotation in the team.
"Rafael Benitez did it at Chelsea last year - in every single game you saw a different team.
"Some managers like working like that, especially when you're in Europe with the number of games. We've got a massive hurdle to overcome to go into the group stage, but we know then we will play at least six more games, so everyone will be needed."