Man United were far from at their best at the Liberty Stadium with strikers Van Persie and Wayne Rooney suffering a rare off-day, and Alan Pardew is wary of the potential response.

Alan Pardew: "I remember [Fulham striker Dimitar] Berbatov not playing particularly well the week before we played him, and he probably put in the performance of the season for him against us.

"It happens. You want to roll into teams when they have off-days, that does help.

"Swansea, I think, did that, Manchester United did have an off-day and fortunately for them, they got a point out of it.

"What we have got to do is try to make it another off-day by making it equally difficult for them to play.

"When you looked at the programme at the start, you could see that this was a tough run for us, and it's even tougher now with the results we have had and the injuries we have sustained.

"But I am actually going into it more buoyed than I have been at probably any other period of the season.

"We have definitely picked up, we look a little bit more resilient.

"We got a very important clean sheet on Saturday and I think we will be in good heart for what is one of the toughest games of the programme, Manchester United away."