Evans: Swans style will suit us

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 14:54 GMT

Jonny Evans hopes Swansea's continental style will benefit Manchester United when the teams lock horns on Sunday lunchtime.

Jonny Evans: Ready for Swansea clash

The progressive Welsh outfit developed a reputation for neat passing football, first under Roberto Martinez, then Brendan Rodgers before his departure for Liverpool in the summer.

Michael Laudrup's arrival has led to subtle changes, but Swansea's core philosophy remains the same.

Already this term it has brought success against Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle, plus a draw against Chelsea.

Evans has the utmost respect for the work Laudrup is doing in south Wales, but he feels United's vast European experience could work to their advantage.

"We have got a history of being a counter-attacking team, but if you look at Swansea, they play like a European side," said the Northern Ireland defender.

"They like to keep the ball on the floor and pass it around, which you don't always get an awful lot of in the Premier League.

"That will suit us. We are used to playing against European competition and this will be no different.

"Swansea will have large periods where they have the ball so we have to be patient and keep our formation and our shape.

"Hopefully we can nick the ball off them and score goals."

Evans recognises the task will not be straightforward.

In Michu, Swansea have the man currently challenging Robin van Persie for the Premier League's Golden Boot prize and Evans has already seen enough to recognise a stern examination awaits at the Liberty Stadium.

"I have been really impressed," said Evans.

"We watched a couple of videos on them I have seen them quite a bit on TV. The football they play is very good.

"When they changed their manager, maybe people thought they might change their style. But, although they are a little bit more direct, largely they stuck to it.

"They are still a side that scores a lot of goals.

"We know it is going to be a tough game but we know how to play against them and it is a game we are looking forward to."

United managed to keep a couple of clean sheets against Swansea last season.

How Sir Alex Ferguson and his players would like one of those given they have managed only four in all competitions this season, with memories of losing out on the title to Manchester City on goal difference last term still vivid.

And the knowledge United presently head their major rivals by just one, despite boasting a six-point advantage heading into the weekend fixtures, is causing a little bit of concern.

Certainly it justified Ferguson's irritation after last weekend's tussle with Sunderland when the Red Devils cruised into a three-goal lead before easing off, allowing the Black Cats to get themselves one back and create the opportunities for more.

"It is not a worry if you are winning the games, but when you take your foot off the pedal it is very difficult to get it back," said Ferguson.

"I don't think we can afford to do that.

"Hopefully that is a reminder to us that we have to kick on all the time.

"The way we were playing we had a good chance to score goals in that game.

"Hopefully we can start adding to our goal difference, which at the moment is similar to City's."


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