Monk relishing historic clash

The Swans are enjoying life in the Premier League for the first

time having won promotion via the Championship play-off final

against Reading last May. Brendan Rodgers’ side have already been

turning heads in England’s top flight due to their impressive home

record, while they also drew at Liverpool last time out. Monk is

well aware of the Red Devils’ achievements over the past 20 years

and he believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops set the standard for

British football. The 32-year-old defender thinks securing a

positive result against United this weekend would be the icing on

what is a sweet cake for the Welsh side. “United have fantastic

players and a great history, so it’s the biggest game we’ve had in

the club’s history,” explained Monk. “United have been champions

for a record number of times now and are one of the biggest clubs

in Europe and around the world. They are recognised on a par with

Barcelona and Real Madrid, but they set the standard for British

football. “It’s one everyone connected to the club – the players,

the fans and the city – are looking forward to. It will be a great

occasion for everyone. “It’s something we can all be proud of and

if we can get a result, it’ll be the icing on the cake. But we’re

at home, doing well and at our best we’ll give anyone a game.”