We're up for the challenge, says Ash Williams

14th August

Captain Ashley Williams is confident that the Swans are fully prepared to take on a new-look Manchester United in their Premier League opener.

Garry Monk's side head to Old Trafford on Saturday to kick off their 2014-15 campaign, where they will be the first team to face Louis van Gaal's Manchester United in a competitive fixture.

The Dutch manager took over the reigns at United this summer after guiding Holland to a third-place finish at this year's FIFA World Cup.

And despite acknowledging the difficulty of the task ahead, Williams feels the Swans are ready to take on the challenge.

"We're ready," said the defiant Swans skipper. "We've had a good pre season that, for me, has probably been the best I've ever had.

"We couldn't start with a bigger game, but why not start against a team like that?

"It's going to be tough, but you can look at it either way. It's not something we are worried about. I'm excited - we look at it as a challenge.

"We just need to concentrate on ourselves, no matter who the opponent is.

"When I look around the meeting room, I feel confident with the quality and talent we have here.

"We have a strong squad, and I am feeling confident."

Meanwhile, with the eyes of the world firmly focused on how Louis van Gaal's side start the new campaign, Williams insists the pressure is on their opponents.

"With the new manager at their ground, the spotlight will be on them," he added. "Everyone will be looking at how Manchester United perform.

"Apart from Swansea fans, everyone else will be tuning in to see how the new-look Manchester United perform.

"As I said, we just need to concentrate on ourselves.

"We've been working on a system and a way of playing, so we just need to concentrate on that and go into the game thinking positively."