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18 August 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy feels the team can take the positives from last season’s performances against Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s meeting at the Amex.
Albion received plenty of plaudits for their three games against United last season, and Duffy is looking forward to facing Jose Mourinho’s star-studded squad once again.
He said, “I thought we were quite good and were a bit unlucky in the two games we played up there last season.
“But the main point is we’re strong at home and we’re back there for the first time this season.
“It’s a huge game that’s on the tele, it’s one to look forward to and we know last season is history now.
“[Romelu] Lukaku wasn’t ready to start the Leicester game, but they’ve still got [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, and [Alexis] Sanchez that can play.
“It’s a great test for me and the team. Hopefully the Amex is rocking and it’s another day to remember.”
Duffy also spoke about the influx of new signings and explained how they’ve settled well into the squad, but stressed it will take time for them to get used to the Premier League.
“Most of them have been here a while and it’s the manager’s decision whether or not to stick them straight in the Premier League.
“It’s a different league and a different culture. They’ve looked good in training and it’s all about them getting used to how we play.
“It’s exciting to have so many new players, so everyone is going to have to work hard to keep their places.”
The centre-back also reflected on last Saturday’s defeat to Watford, and says it’s up to the players to atone for the display at Vicarage Road this weekend.
“On Saturday it didn’t help with Bernardo having to play at right-back, which is not his usual position.
“Anthony [Knockaert] and Bernardo haven’t really played together, so it was quite difficult for them and Watford capitalised on that side.
“But if we’re not performing, the manager will change the team. It’s up to the players that have been playing to try and stay there, because we know there are others that are knocking on the door and are quite close.”

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