Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson praises Swansea City as Premier League team of the year
SIR Alex Ferguson is the latest Premier League manager to heap lavish praise on Swansea City, heralding Michael Laudrup's men as his "team of the year".
The Manchester United boss believes the Swans' £2.2 million signing of Michu represented the bargain of the season and paid tribute to the team's Capital One Cup triumph.
In doing so, Ferguson echoes the sentiments of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who described Swansea as his team of the year before his side's 2-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday.
United did not fare so well at the Swans' home — drawing 1-1 in December when Michu cancelled out Patrice Evra's opener — and Ferguson believes Laudrup has lifted his side to new heights since his appointment last summer.
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"Swansea have been terrific," Ferguson said in an interview with Inside United.
"The boy Michu has been a revelation. To sign him for just £2million and get 20 goals out of him — what a bargain!
"I wouldn't say Swansea have been the surprise package but they've really lifted their performances.
"They were a newly-promoted side last year and managed to survive in the top flight. This season, they've kicked on to another level and become a good middle-to-top side.
"They also won the League Cup of course and they play really good football. I'd say they're the team of the year with Michu a real bargain buy."