'Fantastic' Swansea excite Manchester United great Denis Irwin

Former Manchester United left-back Denis Irwin
Irwin believes former side Manchester United face a tough test at Swansea

Manchester United great Denis Irwin has congratulated Swansea City on the impact they have had on the Premier League since being promoted.

The Welsh side were relegation tips, but welcome United to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday in 10th place.

And ex-Republic of Ireland left-back Irwin says Swansea must stick with their attacking instincts.

"They've been a revelation, their style of football is fantastic to watch so why change?" Irwin said.

"It's the way they play their best, the manager [Brendan Rodgers] feels it's the best way for them to get results and rightly so."

Blackpool excited many fans last season with their cavalier style, but ultimately paid the price for shipping too many goals at the other end and were relegated after one season.

A microcosm of the Seasiders' season came in January when they welcomed United to Bloomfield Road, leapt into a two-goal lead but ended up losing 3-2 after Sir Alex Ferguson's side produced a stunning comeback.

But Irwin believes Swansea's miserly defensive record at home should see them survive what is always a testing first season for Premier League newcomers.

"Defensively they're more solid than Blackpool, I think you've seen that in the five home games they've only conceded one goal," Irwin said.

"The goalkeeper [Michel] Vorm has been a real find for them and I think with the couple of signings that Rodgers has made as well, they can score goals.

"As the season progresses they'll probably have to go into the transfer market in January because it's a long, tough season.

"Inevitably you're going to pick up more injuries, players will tire and you're going to get suspensions, so I would hope they go into the market."

Swansea will have Neil Taylor fit for the visit of United, after the left-back missed Wales' 4-1 friendly win over Norway on Saturday with a bruised ankle suffered in the draw at Liverpool.

Forward Stephen Dobbie is also set to return from an ankle problem, but former Manchester United trainee Alan Tate remains out after suffering a broken leg.

Steven Caulker had initially hoped to return from a knee problem for the United game, but the England under-21 international defender is not expected to recover in time.

United will be without Michael Owen after the former England striker was ruled out for six weeks with a thigh injury.

The defending Premier League champions, who trail league leaders Manchester City by five points, will have to wait to see if any more injuries emerge after the midweek international fixtures.

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