Manchester United defeat hurt us, admits Swansea captain Williams

The 28-year-old centre-back doesn't want to dwell on the Swans' 4-1 loss to the Premier League champions and insists he will help rally morale in the camp
Ashley Williams has conceded that Swansea's confidence was knocked by Saturday's heavy defeat to Manchester United.

Michael Laudrup's side were beaten 4-1 by the defending Premier League champions, with United strikers Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck netting a double apiece at the Liberty Stadium.

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After finishing ninth last term and claiming the club's first major trophy by lifting the Capital One Cup, many pundits have backed Swansea to do well this season, but they will need to bounce back from a disappointing start.

And captain Williams, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, believes they can do just that.

"It doesn't feel nice and I think confidence does get rocked a little bit," said the 28-year-old, in quotes reported by WalesOnline.

"The gaffer said not to let exactly that happen, but I think it's only natural.

"We're disappointed, but it's the job of the older boys to pick the squad up.

"The good thing is that we've got a game coming up so we can't dwell on it for too long."

Next up for Swansea is the visit of Romanian outfit Petrolul Ploiesti in the UEFA Europa League play-off round on Thursday.