Swansea City's Michael Laudrup insists the time is never right to face Manchester United
MICHAEL Laudrup has conceded that now is a decent time to face Manchester United - but he stressed: "Don't laugh at me if they beat us!"
Swansea City kick off the new Premier League season by hosting the champions on Saturday evening.
United have had a difficult pre-season, and the pressure is on David Moyes's team as they bid to make a strong start to life after Sir Alex Ferguson.
Laudrup, understandably, shied away from any bold predictions - but admitted he would rather face United now than in October.
Asked whether the opening day was a good time to face Moyes's stars, Laudrup said: "I have to be very careful when I answer that question.
"I could say this is best moment and then we lose 3-0. Then you would ask me again.
"It is never the right time to play a team like United because they always have so much quality, but you have to play them at some stage and at the beginning is not a bad moment.
"I prefer to play them now than in October, but it's still difficult, so don't laugh at me if they beat us!"
Laudrup has expressed disappointment that Jonathan de Guzman will play no part this weekend after suffering concussion while away with Holland.
Michel Vorm, Ashley Williams and Ben Davies have all come through international duty, but Swansea must wait until Friday to assess Wilfried Bony.
"Bony will be back late on Thursday with jetlag, which is not great," Laudrup added.
"To play for your country is great and the club should be proud of all our internationals, but having a friendly three days before the start of the season is strange.
"This is the last year when it will happen fortunately. That's an intelligent decision."