Considering last season's early loss at St Marys, we can only think of last weekend's stalemate at
as a positive.
Yes it was dull, yes we failed to register a single shot on target and yes we sat back for a point - but we got that point. It's hard to imagine many teams will leave the south coast with anything more than a beating, so let's keep our heads high.
It's very much a case of onto the next one now. Unfortunately, the next one is one of the toughest around in Manchester United. The Reds are flying high after their 4-0 smashing of West Ham on Sunday and £75m striker Romelu Lukaku appears absolutely lethal.
This same fixture last year prompted a chorus of boo's from the
Bob Bradley led the Swans to a limp 3-1 home loss. Pogba and Ibrahimovic's
goals had finished us off within half an hour and we sat delicately poised in
19th spot on just FIVE points - joint with Sunderland!
Realistically, that should remind us just how poor the situation was before Paul Clement arrived. With Clement in charge here, things will surely be different.
This IS a Man United squad who are stronger than they were this time last year, but it's also a
squad rejuvenated. The likes of Van der Hoorn, Barrow and Borja won't be seen,
while Olsson, Abraham and Ayew will give offer much more quality.
This current back four has let in just one goal in their last four league games and must continue to shine against a scary Man United forward line. Given our strength rests mostly in our defensive ability and structure and the fact that Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ki Sung-yueng and Nathan Dyer will all definitely be missing, it's hard to envision a crazy game full of goals. With Fernando Llorente also probable to miss out, it's hard to imagine any Swans goals at all.
The focus will be on keeping things tight and not getting beat - in doing that, you create a couple of chances yourself and possibly take the game. Keep this United side quiet and we've had a good day. We'd be happy with a 0-0 at 12/1 with Paddy Power, but a 1-1 seems more realistic at 9/1 with William Hill. The draw is 10/3 with Sky Bet, while a Swans win (dare we dream?) is 9/1 with Paddy Power.