Ashley Williams is aware of the mammoth task ahead of him when his Swansea team come up against Manchester United on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, the Swansea captain said: “it’s going to be a very difficult game, it's going to be huge.
“Everything is against us but we are doing our work now and we will go there and try and win the game. We're aware of how difficult it will be.”
United hold the aces
The Swans have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League, but did pull off a shock result in the FA Cup last season by securing a 2-1 win in the third round at Old Trafford.
However, last season - under David Moyes’s stewardship - the 13-time Premier League champions looked out of sorts when playing at home, losing seven times at the Theatre of Dreams.
The Van Gaal effect
Manchester United have been more impressive during pre-season though. They've won six straight games, beating Real Madrid amongst others along the way, and look to be gathering momentum under new boss Louis Van Gaal.
"I've caught a couple of their games,” revealed Williams. "I'm a big fan of Van Gaal and I knew he'd get them back in shape and back where they belong towards the top.
"I have no doubt that that they will finish in the top four next season.”
The Dutch manager impressed many during his country’s World Cup campaign and made some bold, but ultimately successful, decisions such as replacing his chosen number one goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for Tim Krul purely for a penalty shootout in their quarter-final win over Costa Rica.
He seems to have made an impression on the Welsh centre-half, who admitted he was an admirer of the former Barcelona coach.
He said: "I'm a fan of his. Speaking to the Dutch guys like Michel Vorm and Jonathan de Guzman and they told me what he is like. He seems like a proper football man and he gets results.”
Swansea City’s clash with Manchester United - a 12:45 kick off - will be the Premier League’s curtain raiser this year and Williams knows he and his teammates will need to play exceptionally well to get a result.
Ashley Williams is managed by New Era Global Sports Management - https://www.neweraglobalsports.com
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