Fletch expects Swans 'challenge'
The promoted Swans have made a solid start to life in the top flight and claimed a notable goalless draw at Liverpool in their last match. United are the next visitors to the Liberty Stadium and Fletcher thinks it will be an occasion to savour. 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. "Swansea have been applauded for the football they've played this season. "When I was on international duty, I spoke to a couple of my Scotland team-mates who have played against them and they told me how well Swansea keep the ball. "They play football in the right way and have been a breath of fresh air since coming into the Premier League. It's going to be a real challenge for us. "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." Swansea are 10th in the table, 13 points behind second-placed United with 13 points. They boast an impressive home record ahead of United's visit, having won three and drawn two of their five matches, conceding just one goal. United have got back on track since their 6-1 derby thrashing by Manchester City last month by beating both Everton and Sunderland 1-0. Fletcher also hopes to take the opportunity to catch up with a former United youth-team colleague during the trip to south Wales. Alan Tate, currently sidelined with a broken leg, played alongside Fletcher before leaving for then League Two Swansea in 2004. Fletcher said: "He was a couple of years older than me and always looked after me and made sure I was okay when I first came to Manchester. "I'll always remember him for that. He's recovering from a bad injury at the moment and the sooner he gets back in the team the better it'll be for Swansea because he's a top player."