The Swansea City midfielder warns that "we couldn't have asked for a much tougher game" despite the upheaval at Old Trafford in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement
The Welsh side start the new Premier League campaign with a home game against the champions on Saturday, when much of the focus will be on David Moyes after he got the nod to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at United.
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"People ask: 'Is it a good time to play Manchester United?' but you have to remember they are the champions and won the league by 11 points last year," the 30-year-old insisted to reporters.
"Yes, they have changed their manager but they have not changed their players that much. We couldn't have asked for a much tougher game.
"It's all eyes on Manchester United to see how they start under a new manager. It's a new era.
"You saw the job David Moyes did at Everton over the last 10 years. He didn't have the biggest budget but they always finished very highly under him."
Swansea held United to a 1-1 draw at home last season and are in good form, having won all of their seven friendlies in pre-season and reached the Europa League play-offs with a 4-0 aggregate win over Malmo.