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HUGHTON ON: MANCHESTER UNITED

16 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton addresses the media ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie.

At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, assessed the threat posed by a wounded Manchester United, spoke about the prospect of securing a place in the FA Cup semi-finals, and the decision to play either Mathew Ryan or Tim Krul.

Team News: “Anthony misses the game, as we know. Those two [Dale Stephens and Gaetan Bong] will be touch and go. We’re hoping that both will train tomorrow [Friday]. Gaetan hasn’t trained since last week and most of Dale’s work has been rehab work. It will depend on whether they train or not on Friday.”

Playing Manchester United after a defeat: “I did see their last game [v Sevilla], but they were very good in the game before that and beat a Liverpool team that are playing as well as anyone in the country at the moment.

“What we all know about Manchester United is they have huge quality, and are only second in this division because Manchester City are having an outstanding season. They are going to have days that are not so good, and we’ll have to make sure that we play well enough to get a result.

“We expect a hugely difficult game against some very good players.”

On securing a place in the semi-finals: “To go through would be wonderful for this club. It’s a big task and United will be clear favourites. What we can get confidence from is that on our last visit to Old Trafford we played very well.

“We all know that the biggest priority for this football club is to make sure we play in the Premier League next season. But we will arrive at Old Trafford on Saturday with the only thing on our minds being to get through to the next round.”

Krul or Ryan: “What I’ve got is two very competitive goalkeepers. Whoever plays in goal will need to be on top of their game, as we’re up against a top team in Manchester United.

“But that competition we’ve got for that goalkeeping position is in good shape at the moment, and it’s a decision I’ll have to make.

“The balance I’ve got is one goalkeeper who has played regularly against another keeper that we value very highly and has great experience. If it happens to be Tim, I would have no worries of putting him in, and Maty is a player that is in very good form.”

Albion fans can watch the manager's full look ahead to Saturday's cup tie at Old Trafford on Seagulls TV by clicking here.


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