Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross is hoping to create more fond memories when the Seagulls host Manchester United on Sunday afternoon at the Amex Stadium.
The game on the south coast is a repeat of the final home game for Albion last season, where the German midfielder’s goal meant a 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s men sealed Premier League survival, and Gross reflected glowingly about that evening in May.
He said, “Last season was a huge match and occasion for the team and the club.
“It was the night we secured our place in the Premier League for another season, and for me personally it was the best football moment of my life.
“To play in a night game at home like that, in front of our fans, against Manchester United, and to score the winner that meant we stayed up, was incredible.
“Overall, last season was a great one for the team and me personally, and that was just a perfect day for the club.
“To get our safety in that way, none of us could have wished for anything better and it was a great day for all of us.”
Chris Hughton’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road last weekend, and with Albion looking for a reaction, the midfielder stressed the importance of looking at the present rather than the past.
“Playing them at home again will bring back some good memories – but we all know it is a completely new match, and we can’t compare the two.
“That is football. The gaffer will give us a match plan and we will try our best like always.
“Of course, when I came to the Premier League it was those kinds of nights that I was hoping to have. You hope for the best - that you can work hard, play well and have an impact.
“I was very happy with the way last season went, and that match was very nice and a very special day for me.
“I will try my best to do it again, but in football you cannot look back and must show your quality on the pitch every time. That is what we must do against United.”
The Seagulls are into their second campaign in the Premier League having secured a 15th-placed finish last term, but the club’s 2017/18 Player of the Season emphasised that the team would have to raise their levels once more during the upcoming season.
“Of course, it will be even tougher for our second season, that is what we expected. We know we always have to be well prepared and it will be very hard.
“The Premier League is getting better and better every year, and the best players from around the world are coming here.
“The best teams are buying some great players – but we know about our qualities and we just have to be ready and work really hard to be ready each game.”