Evans: Swans style will suit United

22 December 2012 01:47

Jonny Evans hopes Swansea's continental style will benefit Manchester United on Sunday.

The progressive Welsh outfit developed a reputation for neat passing football, first under Roberto Martinez, then Brendan Rodgers before his departure for Liverpool in the summer. Michael Laudrup's arrival has led to subtle changes, but Swansea's core philosophy remains the same.

Evans has the utmost respect for the work Laudrup is doing in south Wales, but he feels United's vast European experience could work to their advantage, and he said: "We have got a history of being a counter-attacking team, but if you look at Swansea, they play like a European side. We are used to playing against European competition and this will be no different."

He added: "They like to keep the ball on the floor and pass it around, which you don't always get an awful lot of in the Premier League. That will suit us.

"Swansea will have large periods where they have the ball so we have to be patient and keep our formation and our shape. Hopefully we can nick the ball off them and score goals."

Evans recognises the task will not be straightforward.

In Michu, Swansea have the man currently challenging Robin van Persie for the Premier League's Golden Boot prize and Evans has already seen enough to recognise a stern examination awaits at the Liberty Stadium.

"I have been really impressed," said Evans. "We watched a couple of videos on them I have seen them quite a bit on TV. The football they play is very good.

"When they changed their manager, maybe people thought they might change their style. But, although they are a little bit more direct, largely they stuck to it.

"They are still a side that scores a lot of goals. We know it is going to be a tough game but we know how to play against them and it is a game we are looking forward to."

Source: PA