Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Rodgers buoyed by United respect

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Sir Alex Ferguson

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has told his players that the strength of the Manchester United side they faced on Saturday is a compliment to how well they have started their maiden Barclays Premier League campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson picked a strong side for United's first visit to the Liberty Stadium, with Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Michael Carrick all handed starting roles in their 1-0 victory.

"I told the players the biggest compliment you can get is that they put their most hard working team out there," he said. "You know when Sir Alex Ferguson puts the likes of Park, Rooney, Ferdinand and Vidic out there that they mean business, he puts them in the big games."

He added: "He knew it was going to be difficult, I thought it was a massive compliment for us."

And despite the defeat Rodgers feels he saw enough positive signs to suggest Swansea can bounce back when they host Aston Villa on Sunday.

"It was a good performance from us and there was plenty there that we can take into the Aston Villa game next weekend," he added.

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