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Jubilant Swansea City boss Garry Monk: No-one gave us a chance of landing Manchester United triumph

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

By Gareth Vincent

Garry Monk.

Garry Monk.

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GARRY Monk insisted Swansea City can do better even as they made the doubters look silly with a remarkable victory at Manchester United.

Swansea were rank outsiders to get anything as Old Trafford welcomed Louis van Gaal - and they have been picked by a host of pundits as relegation contenders this season.

And though they still have it all do, Monk's men were entitled to a spot of gloating after chalking up their first ever away league win over United.

"I can pretty much guarantee that everyone in here didn't give us a hope in the hell before the game," Monk told a packed press conference.

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"But I told the players to show what they are made of. For me, this game was about us coming together as a group and we did that - but I believe we can do better."

Monk insisted he had not been motivated by the critics, adding: "I don't revel in that - I don't care because they don't see how we work.

"If they come and watch us then maybe we can make a comment.

"There will be good days and bad days, I know that. But for us it's about getting that consistency in our performances. We had to focus on making sure we were right here and we did that."

After a nervy opening, Swansea grew in confidence on the ground where they won in the FA Cup last season.

They led just before the half hour thanks to Ki Sung-Yueng's first ever Swansea goal.

And what really pleased Monk was that they came through to win despite new United skipper Wayne Rooney levelling early in the second period.

Swansea's winner came 18 minutes from the end, when Gylfi Sigurdsson stabbed home on his second debut for the club.

"I am happy with the three points - that's all I care about," Monk added.

"We're playing Manchester United in the first game and everyone is nervous, but I tried to make the players focus on the fact that is a grass pitch and it's 11 v 11.

"There was a lot going on with United's new manager and everything else, but we were able to concentrate on making sure we were right and that was pleasing."

Gareth Vincent / gareth.vincent@swwmedia.co.uk / @Gareth_Vincent

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  • yankytaff  |  August 18 2014, 7:58AM

    KP If it all goes south and people call for GM's head why would that make them hypocrites? many who post on here have said at 1 time or another they would have preferred a manager with more experience but as GM is the manager they're prepared to support him unless there is good reason not too. You comment about people blindly following GM you're blindly staggering in the other direction, you cannot even give credit for an historic win. You give the impression you are desperate to see GM fail no matter the cost to the club, that may not be the case but it's certainly the impression you give.

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  • KP287  |  August 17 2014, 11:44PM

    Got a big barrel yankytaff, would rather be up front about my thoughts on Monk not blindly follow. If it all goes south, then I won`t be a hypocrite calling for his head like most will on here...

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  • yankytaff  |  August 17 2014, 6:13PM

    Scraping that barrel again KP

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  • KP287  |  August 17 2014, 4:35PM

    I also thought that after Neymar cracked a vertebrae in the World Cup following a knee in the back, the EPL would be clamping down on this. What happens, one of the dirtiest players in the EPL; Fellani, blatantly knees Montero in the back and doesn`t even get a talking to... So come on Garry "thats what I`m like" Monk, speak up...

  • datasafe  |  August 17 2014, 1:55PM

    monk is like iceing suger put on a cake..monk is put there to train the team and make sure they feel good with one another THE BRAINS IS JENKINS AND THE BOARD CANT YOU SWANSEA FANS SEE IT..WE A 50 GRAND A WEEK CLUB ENYBODY ASKS FOR MORE THAN THAT CAN GO WAGES ARE CAPPED A PLAYER 50G AWEEK B 30G C LOWER VORM ASKED FOR MORE J SAID NO VORM GOT GREEDY OUT SO DID MECHO THE CLUB WILL NEVER BE IN DEBT .ITS RUN BY JENKINS BUT MARTINEZ PLANTED THE SEEDS ..MONK IS ONE OF THEM AT THE ROUND TABLE BUT JENKINGS CONTROLS EVERY MOVE..CANT YOU ALL SEE IT THINK SWANSEA FANS..I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW FILM TO COME OUT SEPT IM SO PROUD LIVING IN SWANSEA NOW MAN UTD 1 SWANSEA 2 WOWWWWWWWWWWWW....

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  • barrywelsh  |  August 17 2014, 9:56AM

    What a fascinating insight to the running of Swansea City by "datasafe". No doubt it was Bill Shankly who planted the seeds at Liverpool and Dave Sexton who planted the sees at Chelsea. Perhaps even Bertie Mee planted the seeds at Arsenal and their current managers get paid for doing nothing . Don`t worry too much "datasafe" I`m sure Matron will be along shortly, she will look after you.

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  • aber01  |  August 17 2014, 9:42AM

    Looking forward to the film pity this couldn't make the closing scene!

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  • bazgtr  |  August 16 2014, 11:47PM

    Got to say after last week with that performance it was nice to see the correct formation and even better after seeing the team sheet and that Swansea had a good chance of points today. All three is excellent news, But I was more impressed that we did change for the better in the second half after N. Taylor was having a horrid time at left back and one tackle away from red. The subs were spot on at the time when we were under a bit of pressure. Only one downside is that the goal conceded from a corner with the old saying must have a guy on the post. Something we did later but not at the time of the goal. Might have stopped WR goal but who knows?. Got to say that any respect for Paul Scholes stating today that Swansea are going to be relegated went out the window. Another pundit idiot. As stated earlier this week there are a lot worst teams in the league than Swansea this year. Even after the game admitted he might be wrong. Well done LADS and onto next week double header home games and six points.

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  • Swanfrancisco  |  August 16 2014, 11:22PM

    Agreed! The club has to appeal the Ki card. It was diabolical. Foolaini !

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  • nekodah69  |  August 16 2014, 10:58PM

    On an unrelated matter, I really wish someone would put Fellani on his backside, I'm getting really tired of seeing this clown elbow and knee people week in week out. Please someone take him out in the next game, it will be worth it.

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