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Swansea City star Gerhard Tremmel has a score to settle with Manchester United

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 19, 2012


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GERHARD Tremmel will have a score to settle when Swansea City take on Manchester United this Sunday.

The German goalkeeper is a lifelong Bayern Munich fan and still shudders when he thinks back to one meeting between the club he supports and the men from Old Trafford.

In May 1999, one of the most dramatic episodes in United’s history saw them come from a goal down to beat Bayern in the dying minutes of the Champions League final.

The red half of the Camp Nou erupted on that day more than 13 years ago as first Teddy Sheringham and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored in injury time.

But for Tremmel the experience was not so exhilarating.

“I grew up in Munich and played in the youth teams for both Bayern and 1860,” he explained, “but Bayern were the team I supported.

“I remember the 1999 Champions League final — it was horrible.

“I watched the game on television at home and it was shocking for everyone in Munich.

“We actually had one hand on the trophy. It was so painful to lose like that at the end. It would be nice to get a result against Manchester United.”

Tremmel may face competition to start against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men this weekend as Michel Vorm is nearing a return.

The Dutch stopper has been out since injuring his groin in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the end of October.

In his absence Tremmel has impressed, but Vorm has barely put a foot wrong since arriving at the Liberty in the summer of 2011.

“It would be a dream to play against Manchester United,” said Tremmel.

“But in all fairness I’ve played a lot of big games against top teams in the last few weeks. Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea — those experiences will help me.

“I am not afraid of Manchester United. Of course, it is a big story to play against them, but they just have 11 players. They have good players, but so have the other teams.

“We also have a good team so why can’t we get something out of the game?

“We played Manchester City, who have magnificent offensive players, but we only conceded one goal. I believe we will do a great job, especially because we are at home.”

United edged past Swansea at the Liberty last season, with the home contingent later admitting they were a little star-struck at times during the game.

But Swansea are now used to the glamour of the Premier League’s top sides and head into Sunday’s match with their focus on points.

After two consecutive top-flight defeats, Michael Laudrup’s side are determined to get back to winning ways during a festive period that also features games against Reading, Fulham and Aston Villa.

“We were close last season,” added Tremmel.

“They scored early and were well organised in defence.

“They didn’t have to put in much effort to score a goal. They scored early through (Javier) Hernandez and were able to sit back.

“Christmas is coming up and we have important games.

“If we can come through that period with some more points then we can look forward to the rest of the season.

“It’s vital for us to be strong in the next few weeks.”

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge, meantime, is reportedly close to agreeing a contract extension at the Liberty.

And Swansea are said to be one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on 18-year-old Rotherham winger Nicky Walker.

The youngster has just broken into the Millers’ first team but is yet to sign a professional deal.

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  • Hadoken123456  |  December 20 2012, 2:18PM

    I said I would rather vorm sit it out till the new year, not till next week. GT has been good for us and it seems like he is really pumped up for this game and in good shape, I just think with his current form and personal score to settle vs UTD he would probably be a better choice than vorm for this game. Vorm can rest a bit longer and maybe come on in the second half vs reading and fullham.

  • hacker_jack  |  December 20 2012, 8:54AM

    Hadoken youre argument defeats itself. If you think Vorm will be shaky on his return then surely it makes sense to get rid of that rust in a game we are highly unlikely to win anyway? Far too much credence is given to a run of results anyway, who cares if we have lost 3 in a row? 2 of them will have been against a top 4 side away and the possible champions, had the reading and United games come out the other way around from the computer there would probably be no 3 in a row. I prefer to take notice of individual results and where I look at form its based on performance. Performance wise we have been shaky at the back and playing with less confidence since Vorm got injured.

  • Hadoken123456  |  December 19 2012, 9:14PM

    Cresswell if it were not for GT spurs would have scored at least 4 against us on saturday. He has made some great saves and been good for us on whole. I dont write guys off if they have one bad game.

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  • cresswell1  |  December 19 2012, 8:15PM

    you wont want him in goal after sunday

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  • Hadoken123456  |  December 19 2012, 5:27PM

    I meant for the first half of the season, start Vorm back in goal in january.

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  • Hadoken123456  |  December 19 2012, 5:26PM

    I never thought I would say this, but I think we should keep him in goal till the rest of this season. He is match fit at the moment and doing well for us, Vorm is likely to be shakey for a while and that is the last thing we need vs UTD, and if we lose, that will be 3 losses on the trot, so we will really need to salavage something against reading and fullham or the entire month of december will have been a waste. So for me, I would rather stick with tremmel till the next year, and even in the new year, I would like to see the manager swap them round from time to time, GT has proven himself to be a valid asset in his position, it would be a shame to let him rott like BR did. If the game means so much to him, let him play, he has been good and if he has extra fire for UTD, even better for us.

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