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Swansea manager impressed by professionalism

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Brendan Rodgers: Wants fans to wear Elvis Presley costumes against Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers praised Manchester United's 'exemplary' professionalism after seeing his Swansea side lose 2-0 at Old Trafford.

United's title hopes had been dealt a major blow before kick-off by the news that Manchester City had beaten Newcastle 2-0 thanks to two second-half goals from Yaya Toure.

But Swansea were not able to take advantage of any disappointment that United might have been feeling as Paul Scholes and Ashley Young struck for Alex Ferguson's men.

No matter how the title race unfolds, Swansea manager Rodgers is certain United will be a formidable force next season.

"I have never been in the position City and United are in next week," he said.

"It is so exciting. It is brilliant. You are talking about two great sides.

"The professionalism of Manchester United today was exemplary. They were probably watching the game beforehand and when Manchester City got those two late goals it could have really deflated them.

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"Manchester United are serial winners. What makes them great winners is how they respond to not winning trophies.

"I will be asking all the fans if they can wear as many Elvis Presley costumes as we can because when we got promoted the bookies said there was more chance of seeing Elvis Presley than us staying at this level."

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"So if it is not for them this year, when you look at their history, they always come back the next year and win, so they will be there or thereabouts next season."

Swansea will complete the season against Liverpool, having confounded the pundits who almost unanimously tipped the South Wales outfit to go straight back down.

"Next week is going to be brilliant," Rodgers said.

"I will be asking all the fans if they can wear as many Elvis Presley costumes as we can because when we got promoted the bookies said there was more chance of seeing Elvis Presley than us staying at this level."