Friday, November 18, 2011
Fletcher wary of Swansea banana skin
Darren Fletcher is aware Manchester United must be on their guard against Premier League newcomers Swansea on Saturday.
The promoted Swans have raised eyebrows with their easy-on-the-eye brand of keep-ball and boast an impressive home record at the Liberty Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers' men have not lost in five top-flight games on home soil so far this season and have only conceded once, against Bolton, but Saturday's visit of the champions represents their biggest test in Wales yet. Those placing football bets will be expecting an away win.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side have not lost away from Old Trafford this season and make the trip to Wales having not conceded in four games in all competitions.
Fletcher is relishing the chance to knuckle back down to domestic duties but is aware United face a potential banana skin.
The 27-year-old Scotland international told his club's official website: "It's a new experience for us all.
"They're the first Welsh team in the Premier League and going there will be a great experience."
He added: "I'm sure this is the sort of fixture Swansea and their fans have been dreaming about for years.
"Welsh fans are always passionate and I'm sure the stadium will be packed out so it should be a fantastic atmosphere."
Rafael and Anderson have both had the international break to fully recover from injuries, but Ashley Young and former Wales international Ryan Giggs are doubts. Anyone planning a Premier League bet will be keeping a close eye on their fitness.
A muscle injury picked up by Danny Welbeck means Wayne Rooney could be restored to a central striking position if his team-mate is deemed unfit.