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PREVIEW: ALBION V MANCHESTER UNITED

2 May 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium on Friday night.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium for their final home game of the season, as Chris Hughton’s team look to secure Premier League safety on Friday evening, kick-off 8pm.

The Seagulls can guarantee their Premier League status for another season with victory over the Red Devils, due to the fact Swansea City and Southampton still have to play each other in the following weeks.

Jose Mourinho’s team are close to securing second position in the Premier League and also have an Emirates FA Cup Final to prepare for, as they meet Chelsea at Wembley Stadium later this month.

Hughton’s men will be looking to build on consecutive draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, as Albion’s supporters get their last chance to show their support at the Amex Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Davy Propper is available for selection again following a three-match suspension. Steve Sidwell (ankle and back) remains the only long-term absentee.

Romelu Lukaku is a major doubt for Man United after picking up a foot injury in last Sunday's win over Arsenal, while second-choice keeper Sergio Romero is not in contention with a knee problem.



REVERSE FIXTURE:

Albion gave an impressive performance at Old Trafford when the two teams met in the Premier League back in November, but Hughton’s team were narrowly beaten in fortuitous fashion.

Matthew Ryan made a fantastic double save shortly before the break against the Red Devils, denying Romelu Lukaku before saving again from Paul Pogba’s follow-up effort.

But the breakthrough came in the 66th minute when Ashley Young’s long-range effort deflected off Lewis Dunk and looped into the top corner - a cruel moment for Hughton’s team, who performed so well.


FORM:


The Seagulls have recorded back-to-back draws against teams inside the Premier League’s top seven, firstly sharing the spoils with Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-1 draw at the Amex.

A penalty from Pascal Gross quickly cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener on the south coast, and Hughton’s team then followed up their hard-earned point with another at Turf Moor.

Albion shared a goalless draw with Burnley last weekend, and Mathew Ryan was forced into a remarkable save as the Seagulls survived a goalmouth scramble in the first half.

The Red Devils have won consecutive games in the Premier League to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion midway through April.

Mourinho’s team beat AFC Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium before sealing a 2-1 victory over Arsenal last time out, thanks to Marouane Fellaini’s 90th-minute winner at Old Trafford.

United also came back from 2-0 down at the Etihad Stadium to win 3-2 against Manchester City - which delayed their coronation as Premier League champions.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



BURNLEY 0

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno (Schelotto 89), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Izquierdo (March 85); Gross; Ulloa (Murray 67).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Suttner, Locadia.


LAST TIME OUT: MANCHESTER UNITED



MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Pogba 14
Fellaini 90

ARSENAL 1
Mkhitaryan 50

Manchester United line-up: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Herrara (Martial 63), Matic, Pogba; Lingard (Fellaini 63), Lukaku (Rashford 49), Sanchez.

Subs not used: Pereira (GK), Rojo, McTominay, Mata.




ONE TO WATCH: David de Gea

The Spaniard has a league-leading total of 17 clean sheets in the Premier League so far this season, and is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at this moment in time.

De Gea has also won the club’s Player of the Season award for the 2017/18 campaign - adding to his wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The 27-year-old has made a number of important saves for the Red Devils this season, helping Mourinho’s men to second in the Premier League and to the Emirates FA Cup Final.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 0

4 May 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross heads Albion in front.
  • Albion secure Premier League safety
  • De Gea denies Murray, Izquierdo and Gross in first half
  • Gross nets seventh of the season in the second period
  • Manchester City up next for Albion on Wednesday night 

Brighton & Hove Albion secured Premier League safety with an outstanding 1-0 win against Manchester United on Friday night at the Amex Stadium.

A second-half header from Player of the Season Pascal Gross was enough for Albion to defeat second-placed United on an evening when the hosts fully deserved to claim a memorable victory. 

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Burnley at Turf Moor six days previously. Davy Propper and Glenn Murray came back into the side for Beram Kayal and Leonardo Ulloa. 

The visitors had the ball in the net in the opening minute but Maroune Fellaini was ruled correctly offside as he flicked Marcus Rashford’s free-kick past Maty Ryan from close range.

There was a terrific atmosphere inside the Amex from the start and as Albion settled into the game they created an opening after eight minutes.

Anthony Knockaert, who was named Man of the Match after a terrific display, and Bruno twice combined out on the right-hand side, and the move ended in Dale Stephens dragging a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Knockaert’s superb slaloming run ended in the midfielder setting up Jose Izquierdo for a shot that was blocked from inside the area as the hosts continued on the front foot, before Pascal Gross saw an effort held by David De Gea.

Murray then drew the United keeper into a world-class stop with 20 minutes on the clock. The striker latched onto Davy Propper’s interception and volleyed powerfully towards goal, but his dipping strike was tipped away by De Gea in the first half’s best chance. 

Lewis Dunk superbly headed Marcus Rashford’s dipping volley away from danger when the England forward met the ball sweetly on the edge of the area before De Gea tipped away Izquierdo’s dipping strike over at the other end after the Colombian cut inside in textbook fashion. 

Shane Duffy met Gross’s corner from the resulting set-piece, but his header flashed across goal and beyond the outstretched leg of Murray as Albion continued to dominate proceedings. 

Knockaert then sent Gross in-behind ten minutes before the break, but De Gea was off his line quickly to thwart the danger. 

Despite their first half dominance Hughton’s men couldn’t find a breakthrough and the sides went in level at the interval.

The first meaningful action after the restart saw Murray shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Fellaini, before Ryan easily hell Paul Pogba’s shot from inside the area. 

Knockaert then drove at the heart of the opposition defence once more and saw a shot deflected behind off Chris Smalling as the Frenchman tried to get the hosts back into the rhythm they had during the opening period.

Albion got the goal that their performance had deserved in the 57th minute.

Izquierdo raced all the way to the byline, and the midfielder stood the ball up to the far post for Gross to meet the delivery from close range and his shot had enough power to cross the line despite Smalling’s efforts to clear.

Knockaert flew forward again and Murray saw a cross blocked with Izquierdo lurking in the centre before Izquierdo flashed a shot wide from the subsequent corner as the hosts continued in the ascendency.

Gross was shown a yellow card for a foul on Juan Mata as the Spaniard approached the Albion area, before Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard replaced Fellaini and Matteo Darmian as the visitors made two changes. 

Ryan held Lingard’s effort as the away side looked for a route back into the contest, and Scott McTominay replaced Marcus Rojo as Jose Mourinho made a final switch for Manchester United.

Kayal replaced Gross with seven minutes to go as the Seagulls and in the closing stages March and Leonardo Ulloa both came on to help shore up the advantage.

Referee Pawson played four minutes of added time and although United pressed the hosts held firm to claim a victory acclaimed ecstatically by the Albion fans on a night to remember at the Amex. 

The result secures Premier League football for the Seagulls and Hughton’s men now travel to Manchester City and Liverpool next week to round off a memorable first season at the top level.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 88); Gross (Kayal 83), Murray (Ulloa 90). 

Subs not used: Krul, Schelotto, Goldson, Locadia. 

Manchester United line-up: De Gea; Darmian (Shaw 68), Smalling, Rojo (McTominay 76), Young ©; Matic, Fellaini (Lingard 68), Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Martial.

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V MANCHESTER UNITED

3 May 2018

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief for Albion v Manchester United.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Manchester United to the Amex in the Premier League on Friday 4th May, kick-off 8pm.

This will be the 19th time Manchester United have faced Albion competitively and it will be their first trip to the Amex.

Albion will be looking to repeat what happened in 1982 at The Goldstone, where they came away with a 1-0 victory against the Red Devils.

Travel update

All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.
 
Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full matchday service. However, you are advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.
 
Park & Rides: All three locations at Mill Road, the University of Brighton site at Lewes Road, and Brighton Racecourse will be open from 5pm.
 
Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. Supporters are therefore advised to use public transport wherever possible.
 
All vehicles accredited to park at Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.
 
Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area pre- and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.
 
Parking: We have no local street parking available to football supporters, as all areas have a residents’ parking scheme in operation with enforcement officers on patrol.
 
Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.
 
Drop-offs & pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way. However, both pre- and post-match drop-offs and pick-ups are available at Sussex University, car park 5 (the Sports Hall car park).
 
This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium. There are also free shuttle buses in operation.

Opening and closing times

The club shop will be open from 9am and close at 11pm after the game. The shop is also closed during the match.

The ticket office will open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will be closed during the second half.

Dick’s Bar is open from 5pm until kick-off and then after the match until 11pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open two hours before kick-off at 6pm. Post-match, the East, South and West concourses will close at 11pm and the North Stand concourse also at 11pm.

The 1901 Club lounges will open at 5.30pm with HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant also opening at this time. All lounges will close at 11pm.

There is an offer running of £3 for any pint between 10-11pm across all kiosks, Rivervale, Heineken, Mayo Wynne Baxter and iTalk Lounge.

Fanzone

Upon arrival, fans will be greeted by ‘The Gangsters’ on the Bandstand until 7.15pm. The outside bar and food outlets will be open from 5pm. The outside bar will close at 7.15pm.

In the Family Stand, the Virtual Reality headsets and the photobooth will be available for fans to enjoy free of charge.

In the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses, Sky Sports News will be available to watch on the TV screens.

Ticket office

This fixture has sold out, therefore the only way to purchase a ticket is via the ticket exchange system.

Fans are advised to book these in advance at seagullstickets.com as there are no guarantees of availability. Any tickets that come available via resale will only be sold to season ticket holders and members on the basis of one per fan number. Concession prices are not available on seats released via the ticket exchange.

All fans are encouraged to arrive early at the game, and Albion season ticket holders are reminded that they can upgrade concession season tickets before matchday over the telephone and avoid large queues at the ticket office (upgrades are permitted up to six times per season).

Please note season ticket holders must retain their season ticket cards for next season. These cards will be required by supporters who have renewed their season tickets to gain access to the stadium for next season, and season ticket holders are advised they will not be issued with new ones for 2018/19 unless they have changed seating location or age band.
 
Seagulls Superstore

Supporters can get 20% off everything in store on Friday. This is the perfect opportunity to get a discount on everything from sale items to replica kit, gifts and souvenirs.

The offer is also available online from Friday 4th May to Sunday 6th May.

With worldwide delivery and shipping, the discount allows Albion fans across the globe the opportunity to grab an end-of-season bargain ahead of the summer.

The two external retail outlets are situated at the south-east approach T-junction, and north-west corner, stocking a range of souvenirs.

Supporters wishing to gets shirts printed are advised this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times. However, please note that Premier League sleeve badges are currently out of stock.


1901 Club Lounge Dress Code

We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.

Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes. Please note ripped jeans, shorts and flip-flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.

Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable.

Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away team colours or shirts are not permitted under any circumstances. Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to re-seat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

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