BBC Sussex co-commentator Warren Aspinall, who admits to being a Manchester United fan, highlighted Brighton & Hove Albion’s 3-2 victory over the Red Devils as the standout moment from the season just gone.
The Seagulls reacted to an opening day 2-0 defeat at Watford in fine fashion, as goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross proved too much for the 13-time Premier League champions.
The former Albion striker commentates on Albion’s matches for BBC Sussex, and he took the positives from promising displays against United and the 1-1 draw at Arsenal towards the end of the campaign.
He said, “Beating Manchester United was probably the highlight for me, and that’s coming from a Man United fan. It was a great result early in the season.
“I also thought we did very well at Old Trafford, we could have got a result up there. Every time we’ve played Man United in the Premier League, we’ve been in the game.
“The Arsenal game was probably our best away performance, and it was our best performance because the players knew they were staying in the Premier League.
“The shackles had been taken off and they played with confidence. There was no pressure on them and it has to be like that every game next season.”
Aspinall spoke openly about his affection for the football club, and believes a new style of football will be introduced under new head coach Graham Potter, after the 44-year-old arrived from Swansea City.
“I’m a Manchester United fan born and bred, but I’ve grown to love this football club," he continued. "I played for them and represented them, and now I’m commentating on the games week in week out.
“I’m a massive fan of them and I want them to do well. I want the chairman to do well and all of his staff, because he’s put a lot of his own money into the club.
“It’s brilliant going to these massive stadiums, such as the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — I felt for the lads because they put so much effort into that game.
“But I think we’ll see more attacking football and goals next season. Where will it take us? Who knows. But I think we’ll finish higher than we did last season if we can get the right players in.”