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18 August 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton spoke to the media on Friday afternoon, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League games against Manchester United, and here are some of the key talking points from the pre-match press conference…

TEAM NEWS: “At this moment, Bruno will miss out. He felt his hamstring in the last game and came off, but the good news is that it’s nowhere near as bad as what we thought it would have been at the time.

“We’re hopeful that he might be able to get out on the training field at some stage, maybe towards the end of next week. [Jason] Steele, [Florin] Andone and [Jose] Izquierdo will also miss out.”

PRESSURE TO IMPROVE: “We have a very realistic group of supporters. There is no doubt that it’s normal for expectations to rise - that’s not just here, that’s the same at many clubs.

“There are clubs that have spent big money this summer and expectations will rise. It comes with the job and territory.

“This club has come a long way in a relatively short period of time, and I think the supporters accept that.

“If we look at our starting line-up last weekend, we had one new player that was starting, and then others that will be introduced over periods of time.”

UNITED TEST: “If you look at the top six, they have a different style to the other teams. What they do have is a squad that’s packed with quality.

“That’s why they win as many games as they do. The manner in which they choose to do that, well that’s up to them.

“We fared well against them in all three games last season. Most people would certainly remember the home game against them, and we’ll need to get somewhere near that type of performance again.

“I’d like to think that we gave a good account of ourselves in all three games, as opposed to Manchester United not doing so well on the day.”

TOP-SIX CONFIDENCE: “You always have to look at the positives - but I certainly don’t speak out of turn when I say it’s very difficult to get results against the top six.

“They are the top six for a reason, particularly away from home. But you have to be confident going into every one of those games.

“We’ve shown that if we’re on top of our game and tactically get things right, then we can compete against them. You can’t go into any game already thinking that you’re going to get beat.

POGBA’S POWER: “He’s a very good player and we have to be guarded against that tactically. He’s capable of having a very good season.

“He’s shown that over the summer and in good periods at United. He’s 6ft 2 and a wonderful athlete.

“He certainly breaks very well from midfield and has shown a good passing ability. If you’re looking at his all-round technical ability, he’s a wonderful all-round footballer.”

Fans can watch Chris Hughton's look ahead to Sunday's game against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium above on Seagulls TV - and fans can sign up to the service by clicking here.

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