Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has emphasised just how impressive a result for his side against Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon would be.
The Seagulls head to the north west looking to halt the hosts’ unbeaten run which has seen them win their last six games in all competitions, but the Albion boss is relishing the challenge.
He said, “It would be a good moment if we could win at Old Trafford – but we musn’t forget that we’ve had plenty of big moments ourselves already during my time here and have picked up some good results since being in this league.
“But they’re the moments you fight for and the results you work hard to try and get – especially ones where people may not fancy us to get a result, they will always be fabulous for us.
“Things like winning away to Manchester United are things you strive for us a manager – especially those sorts of results on the road because you’re not expected to get them.
“When you look at the fixture list you never say you can’t or won’t get a result somewhere, but you’re aware of the places it will be more difficult, and they don’t come much bigger than this at the moment and it would be huge if we could get a result.”
Last week Hughton’s side were on the end of a narrow 1-0 defeat to league leaders Liverpool at the Amex Stadium, with a Mo Salah penalty all that separated the two sides on the south coast.
The manager was asked whether he thought the feat of organisation and emphasis on defending still got the praise and recognition it deserved.
“I think it is still generally appreciated, but it’s recognised more when you get results doing it.
“People don’t recognise how difficult it is when you’re playing against the top sides in the division, when you’re at ground level you can see the things that they can do naturally that are more difficult for others.
“Sometimes the imbalance is bigger, but in general I think people don’t realise how difficult it is to get a result against the best teams in the country.”
Hughton also insisted that Albion go into today’s contest with a positive mindset and mentality, whilst still also being aware of the quality that their opponents this afternoon possess.
“With everything we’ve said when we go away to the big teams we’ve always been very positive.
“We’ve never gone somewhere looking to get a draw, we always speak about how we can win the game – to do that at a top six side you have to defend well, but I never have a problem with the mindset of the players, it’s just the difficulty of the task.”
“You know there will be occasions where you get most things right and then you have an opportunity to get something.”