Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross says there is plenty more to come from him this season after consigning a frustrating absence through injury to the past.
Gross was ruled out at the start of the season with an ankle problem, but has now regained his momentum in a different position.
He said, “It was the first injury I had and it has been quite a complicated one, but I am feeling better in each game and I was happy to come back and help the team get good results.
“I feel I can produce more in the second half of the season in this deeper role, as I can still create chances playing there, as I did in the last game [v Liverpool].
“I’m used to playing in this position from my time in Germany. I didn’t really play in the
number ten position that much and was more of a number eight before I moved to Brighton.
“I can play in both position, and even if I don’t produce and we play better as a team and get results, that’s fine for me. Football is a team sport and I try to do my best.”
The German reflected on all four of the recent games against the Red Devils both this season and last, and feels Albion acquitted themselves well in every contest, highlighting the 1-0 win in May as one of his career highlights to date.
“We performed very well in all of the games against Manchester United, even in the first game at Old Trafford when we lost 1-0.
“We played a really good game, had chances, but lost the game 1-0 with an unlucky deflected goal. The game where we secured our survival in the Premier League was a really special moment for me. It was a Friday night game and we got the win we needed to stay up.
“It was great to score the winner, and it was one of the biggest days of my career and a very special moment. Also at the start of this season it was very special to play against Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world and to score against them and win the game again was brilliant.”
The 27-year-old could come face-to-face with Paul Pogba on Saturday, and is relishing the prospect of facing one of the world’s best players.
"On his day there’s no question that he’s one of the best midfielders around. He’s strong, fast, good on the ball, and can score and assist goals.
“That’s everything you can have as a player, and he’s won the World Cup. He’s unbelievable, and I am very happy to be in this position and play against a team like this with players like that.
“But I am confident enough to say that we are a good team and we have good players too. We respect them, but we’ll try our best to get a result.”