Swansea manager Garry Monk expects Manchester United to be targeting revenge

first_img “It is a transition period for them, but Manchester United will never lose their aura,” Monk said. “Any side that loses someone like Sir Alex Ferguson is going to go through that, whoever came in after him was facing a difficult period. “The squad he left meant there were a lot of changes to be made for any manager who came in. You are expected to win everything straight away and that was the difficulty. “They have made another change to Van Gaal, he has had more time to change the squad and now they look a really strong outfit.” United are in third place having taken seven points from their first three games of the season, but largely unimpressive performances have led some pundits to suggest that Swansea are actually favourites to win this game. But Monk has rejected the favourites’ tag, even though he says last term’s eighth-placed finish and holding champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the season has raised expectations among Swansea supporters. “We have brought the extra expectation on ourselves with what we have done in the past and we are not looking for any excuses,” Monk said. “It’s important to keep raising the expectation levels, but we have to be realistic as well and manage those expectations in a good way. “We are the underdogs in this game, make no mistake. “This is Manchester United we are talking about. The squad they have, the money and power they have – they have to be favourites.” Press Association “I am sure it stung them, as it would be if you lost twice to any side,” Monk said. “You use it as motivation, I can think of a number of times where I have done that as a player and a manager against a side you may have lost to before. “You want to put it right and I am sure it will be part of their motivation. “We have to be ready for that but we can beat these teams. “We showed it against Chelsea we can compete against the bigger teams and really show what we can do. “We are at home, in front of our crowd and we need to make this a fortress, and if we are ready and focused we will give anyone a game here.” Swansea won both games 2-1 last season, spoiling Van Gaal’s first game at the United helm before repeating the scoreline at the Liberty Stadium in February. Yet despite those results and United struggling to recapture the glory days they enjoyed for so long under Sir Alex Ferguson, Monk feels the 20-times English champions remain special opposition. Swansea manager Garry Monk admits revenge will be high on Manchester United’s agenda at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Monk masterminded an amazing double over United last season as Swansea became the only opponents Louis van Gaal lost twice to in the Barclays Premier League during his first campaign at Old Trafford. And Monk accepts it is only human nature that Dutchman van Gaal, who will be in charge of United for the 50th time in South Wales, will be desperate to avenge those shock defeats. last_img read more

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first_imgLocation for USC, Kansas game still unknownThough USC will take on perennial basketball powerhouse Kansas next season, one thing has yet to be determined: where the game will be played.USC is set to host the game per a home-and-home agreement, but Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed last week the Trojans asked the game be moved from Los Angeles to the 15,000-seat Intrust Arena in Wichita, Kan., — a sure sellout in Jayhawk territory.Regardless of the game’s location, USC would still act as the home team and gate proceeds would go to the Trojans.Earlier Tuesday, however, additional reports surfaced that plans to move the game to the Midwest had fallen through.“Trojans planning to host Kansas on Dec. 22; and, also, the proposed game with Duke is off, sources say. Plans fell through,” tweeted Los Angeles Times reporter Baxter Holmes.Neither school has made an announcement about the location of the game.USC last played the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., on Dec. 18 of last year, where the Trojans fell just short of an upset, losing to the then-No. 3 Kansas team 70-68.The Trojans, who will also take on North Carolina during the upcoming season, were trying to schedule a game against Duke, giving USC three high-profile, non-conference opponents.—Kate Mather—Women’s rowing off to strong startThe No. 9 USC women’s rowing team started its season off on the right foot with a winning weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic, as both the varsity eight and varsity four boats captured titles.For USC’s varsity eight, the victory was its third Jessop-Whittier title overall and first since 2007.USC also captured the inaugural Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, taking first place in the Collegiate 4+ Grand Final.The Women of Troy’s second varsity eight and second varsity four also had solid showings. The second varsity eight took third place in the Collegiate 2V Grand final, placing ahead of Wisconsin, Washington State and UCLA. Meanwhile, the Second Varsity Four took home the petite final of the collegiate fours race.“The team is coming along,” USC coach Zenon Babraj told USCTrojans.com. “They were very focused today, staying within the boat and executing the tactics we’ve been working on. We had a good day, but it’s early in the season and there is still a lot of racing between now and NCAA’s.”—Trevor Wong—Tex Winter elected to Hall of Fame Basketball mastermind and former USC hoops star Fred “Tex” Winter has been, at long last, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.During his senior year at USC in 1947, Winter played basketball for the Trojans alongside fellow Hall of Famer’s Alex Hannum and Bill Sharman.Following graduation, Winter kick-started his coaching career, landing an assistant coach position at Kansas State. He then went on to coaching positions at Marquette, Kansas State, Washington, Northwestern and Long Beach State, as well as an NBA coaching job with the Houston Rockets.Winter is credited with creating the famed triangle offense, which the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers utilized on their way to a combined nine NBA titles. He is also credited with mentoring legendary coaches Doug Collins and Phil Jackson.Winter served as an assistant coach on the Chicago Bulls from 1985 to 1998 before following Jackson to the Lakers where he worked from 1999 to 2008. In total, Winter has more than 60 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels.Winter is set to be inducted Aug. 12 with 10 other basketball legends, including Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and Artis Gilmore. After falling just short of induction seven times, Winter will be enshrined in Springfield at the age of 89.“It’s about time. It’s very well deserved,” said Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. “I’m beyond happy for him. It’s exciting, a little past due, but better late than never.”—Ross Dautellast_img read more