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25 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion captain Bruno in Premier League action.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno believes the team will need to produce a perfect display against Manchester United this afternoon, if they’re looking to take three points and become the first time to win at Old Trafford this season.

Jose Mourinho’s team have won all nine of their home fixtures so far this season, and Bruno hopes to cause an upset when he visits Old Trafford for a second time in his career.

He said, “They’ve got a massive squad and it’s going to be a tough game because of their physicality.

“They’ve got everything, and we’ll have to play a perfect game to get the three points there.

“I played at Old Trafford with Valencia once, it’s an unbelievable stadium with a massive pitch and the atmosphere is great. But we’re going to play our football and try to get something from the game.

After joining close friend and United midfielder Juan Mata in donating one per cent of his salary as part of the Common Goal movement, the 37-year-old is looking forward to coming up against his compatriot and former team-mate this afternoon.

“We’ve got a big game on the Tuesday [v Crystal Palace], so I haven't really got much time to spend with him, but I’m sure we’ll find some time to meet. He’s a top player, but also a top person.

“He was one of the first [people to text after Albion’s promotion] and he’s always been there. We live far away and we’d love to have more time together, but we’re both so busy.”

“I want him on the pitch because I know he wants to play and he enjoys playing. But he’s that good that you also want him far away from you.”

The Seagulls can extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games if they avoid defeat at Old Trafford, and Bruno praised manager Chris Hughton for his managerial attributes which have led to positive results.

“In terms of how he manages the team and runs the club - he’s on top of everything. He knows absolutely everything that happens here.

“That’s so difficult for a manager to manage that, because it takes a lot of time and responsibility.

“In football, there are some really good coaches on the pitch, but to be a good coach off the pitch as well - it isn’t easy.

“He’s got a big character and you can see when he’s not happy, but as players we need that sometimes - it’s one of the reasons why we’ve been successful.”

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