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Hughton On: Manchester United

By James Hilsum • 03 May 2018

At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, assessed the threat posed by Manchester United, spoke about needing a win to secure Premier League survival and playing such high-profile opposition in the final home game of the season.

Team News: “There are always decisions to make. He’s [Davy Propper] certainly available and will be in the squad.

“Apart from missing Davy and Dale Stephens a few games before that, we’ve been in quite good shape and been quite fortunate. At the moment, we’ve got everybody available.

“He [Propper] has been missed, but I don’t want to ever do a disservice to anyone that comes in. You'll miss any player that's played the majority of games this season, but that’s why you have a competitive squad.

“You want to keep the players at the same levels - and overall, we’ve been able to do that.”

Threat from Manchester United: “It’s a challenge for us and what we wouldn’t be silly enough to do is underestimate Manchester United’s quality.

“You’ve only got to see some of their performances - predominantly the second-half performances against Manchester City and Tottenham - we certainly can’t underestimate them.

“You have to go into every game thinking you can get a result in whichever way. We will be buoyed by the performances up there, but they’re in a really good rhythm at the moment and it will be an incredibly difficult game.

“These are the challenges we worked so hard for and there won’t be anyone not up for that challenge.”

Needing a win to guarantee survival: “We’ve been in a similar position for a while and had a couple of home games where I felt our performances should’ve got us more out of the games.

“But we’re on the back of a couple of decent points at home to Tottenham and away at Burnley. What it has done is keep everyone on their toes. Our attitude is that we still need points to stay up.”

Ending the season with a big game: “I don’t think there would be a better way. The supporters have been brilliant and the players have appreciated what they’ve given us all season.

“We’ve got two more games after this one, but it’s our last home game and the supporters will desperately want to get behind us. There’s an opportunity to secure Premier League survival and that’s the most important thing.”

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