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Hartson: Swansea Could Catch United On an Off-Day

Hartson: Swansea Could Catch United On an Off-Day

Swansea City fan and former Welsh international John Hartson believes that the Swans could catch Manchester United on an off-day in next season's opener at the Liberty Stadium.

Hartson believes that with a new manager at the title holders (and hopefully not one at Swansea as well!), his hometown club could get their first win against United since their promotion to the Premier League two years ago.

Hartson said:

"For me it`s a great start,"

"Yes, it`s a tough two months with some of the big sides in there, but you have to say Swansea have a good record against the bigger teams since they`ve come into the Premier League.

"And you cannot say that any game is easy - just look at last year when Liverpool went to West Brom with everyone expecting them to win and they lost 3-0.

"You can look at every team`s fixtures and say they`ve got difficult games here or there or a difficult run of games; it just shows that every game is challenging at this level.

"And for me - thinking as a player and a manager - would be that I`d rather start against Manchester United at home than go to Norwich or Sunderland or West Brom.

"A trip to Carrow Road is as tough as a game against the big sides, as Swansea have seen themselves, so why not play the champions in that first game.

"There is a little bit of a sense of getting it out of the way, but also that you know your players are going to be very sharp and right up for it. It has all the ingredients: a boiling hot day, huge excitement in the city and the chance to catch United on an off day.

"No-one outside of Swansea will give them much of a chance and no-one should expect a result - but if they can grab one all of the sudden the momentum from that can really you carry you on."

Hartson added that it's the 'perfect fixture' to start the season:

'Swansea, with a home crowd, could catch United on an off day,'

'There will be a red-hot atmosphere on a boiling hot day, and what an opportunity it will be to have a right good go at them.

'What a great day to play the champions, the first day of the season. I'm sure Laudrup and the players will be very excited. For me, it's the perfect fixture.'

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Date:Thursday June 20 2013
Time: 9:51AM

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