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Swansea City boss Garry Monk aiming to start in style at Manchester United

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

Swansea City boss Garry Monk.

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GARRY Monk has promised Swansea City aim to begin with a bang at Manchester United on Saturday — but admits it could be a month before his revamped side reach top gear.

Swansea get the new Premier League season under way at Old Trafford when they travel for the weekend's early kick-off.

And though rank outsiders to claim victory in Lancashire, Monk insists Swansea will go there looking to start the campaign in style.

But they face a difficult test against a side looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2013-14, with new manager Louis van Gaal in charge.

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Swansea have also seen significant change over the summer after Monk was named permanent manager.

Many of Michael Laudrup's Spanish signings have headed for the exit door.

Michu and Alejandro Pozuelo have both left for pastures new, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez are on the verge of sealing moves away, while Jose Canas appears surplus to requirements.

Ben Davies and Michel Vorm represent other high-profile departures.

Heading in the other direction have been the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Bafetimbi Gomis, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero.

It will no doubt take Monk's new-look squad time to gel.

And he also believes they will need five or six games to reach peak form.

"Obviously with the more games we play, the sharper we will become," said the Swansea boss.

"That will be the same for every team. I think we will improve as the season gets going, but it's important to hit the ground running and we want to get a good start in the league.

"If we can do that, confidence will grow within the squad and the fitness and sharpness will come.

"Fitness and sharpness only comes with games. After the first four, five, six games you'll see a sharper Swansea side."

Swansea will not come up against Luke Shaw at the weekend. United's £30 million signing from Southampton is out for a month with a hamstring injury.

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  • yankytaff  |  August 14 2014, 9:54PM

    GM does not actually say the team need time to gel, it appears to be the opinion of whoever wrote the article, as for needing 5-6 games to hit peak he's not saying anything other managers haven't said I'm pretty sure ML said something similar

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  • CroJack  |  August 14 2014, 3:05PM

    Five weaks pre-season, Monk's famous training sessions, passion and commitment and the squad is not fit and needs time to gel? Why would this line-up need time to gel: Fabianski - Taylor, Williams, Amat, Rangel - Ki, Shelvey - Routledge, Sigurdsson, Dyer - Gomis/Bony ?

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  • Lynbaz  |  August 14 2014, 12:42PM

    We can't afford a month to get up and running. I expect little or no return against MU and Chelsea but wins against Burnley and WBA, teams in our mini league, are essential if we are to avoid playing catch up from the word go.

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