Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has revealed that his side have no fear of facing Manchester United on the opening day of the season.
The Swans travel to Old Trafford to take on United in the Premier League’s curtain-raiser, but he insists that his side are not just there to make up the numbers and will be playing to take the three points.
"I am not sure what they [United] are going to be preparing for," he told the club’s official site. "It’s not going to be an easy game for them. We are going to give our best and try to win it.
"We are going to be well-prepared for the game and it’s going to be very interesting."
The match has added intrigue as it will be the first time that new United boss, Louis van Gaal, will be in charge of the side in a competitive match.
The 63-year-old Dutchman took over the reins at United last month, after he was appointed as the man to take them back into title contention, and there is a real anticipation from their supporters ahead of the new season, as a result.
However, Fabianski insists that Swansea will not be fazed by the occasion or the atmosphere that will greet them when they confront the Red Devils.
He said: "There is no point to fear the opposition especially as Swansea beat them away in the FA Cup so we should not be fearing anything.
"They are a big club but we are going to go there and try and get some points. That’s our aim. We are not going to lie down and let them play. We are going to go for it as well and hopefully it will be a good game with a good result for us."
Fabianski was brought in from Arsenal this summer, and he has clearly brought some of the ‘no-fear’ mentality required to play at the very top level with him.
The Polish shot-stopper is expected to be instilled as the number one at the Liberty Stadium, after Michel Vorm left the club to join Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window.
His main competition, therefore, will come from Gerhard Tremmel, but Fabianski has revealed that he is taking nothing for granted, and that he will have to perform if he wants to be Gary Monk’s first choice between the sticks.
"You cannot really say that someone has given me the number one and that’s it," he said. "There is competition at Swansea and I have to fight for it.
"We are competing for the spot, we are pushing each other and I am hoping that I am going to be the starting goalkeeper and that I will play well and I will help the team.
"I am just focussing on the game against Manchester United. That’s my target - to play well and get some points."