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18 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy speaks to the Moose from talkSport ahead of Saturday's game.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy expressed his excitement to test himself against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form Manchester United on Saturday, as the Seagulls look to end the home side's six-match unbeaten run.

The Red Devils have taken maximum points from their opening five Premier League matches under Solskjaer, and Duffy has noticed a change in the mood around Old Trafford, but can’t wait to take on the challenge.

He said, “It looks like it’s changed up there now, they’re all happy and playing good football, as you can see from their results. Their performances have been very good.

“It’s obviously going to be a tough game — it always is, no matter which Manchester United team it is —but they’re a little more confident in the way they’re playing now.

“We’re all excited — it’s one of my favourite places to go. I’m not scared to go there and play, I’m excited to test myself against some of the best players.

“There’s no bigger game than Manchester United at Old Trafford, they’re probably the most in-form team at the minute, but we’re all looking forward to it.”

Albion secured back-to-back home victories over United with a 3-2 victory back in August, and Duffy reflected on his team’s memorable wins against the Red Devils, which also included his first top-flight goal.

“We had a big win against them at the end of last season to keep us up, so to go and beat them again for our first win at home this season was a big moment for us.

“Any victory over Manchester United is big, but our last win kickstarted our season and it was a great day for the football club.

“It was obviously a big day for me. I’d waited a long time [to score my first Premier League goal], and especially with it coming against Manchester United, it was a special moment.

“I actually should have scored from the first corner, but I got a second chance — thankfully my touch was good and I just swung with my left foot at it.”

A host of Albion’s summer signings have featured regularly over the past few months, and Duffy assessed the impact his newest team-mates have had on the squad ahead of this weekend’s trip north.

“It’s taken a little bit of time for some players, but now you can see the quality that they’re bringing through.

“Someone like Jurgen Locadia, it took him some time to find his place in the team, but now you can see the player he is and he’s been one of our best players over the last few weeks.

“That’s been down to the recruitment at this club and making the squad stronger — it’s now starting to pay off.”

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