Potter so proud of his history makers

Head coach assesses our 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

By Luke Nicoli • 07 August 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter celebrates with our fans at the final whistle.

Graham Potter was full of praise for his side following a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United.

Two first-half goals from man-of-the-match Pascal Gross helped secure the Seagulls’ first ever win at Old Trafford, and the head coach was delighted with the collective performance.

“It was a fantastic effort from the players and we deserved the win over the course of the game,” he said. “It’s a historic win for us so it’s something to be happy about.

“We had an idea about how to attack and then, when we could, we tried to press and put them under pressure. We were brave in what we did, and the boys gave everything.

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross put Albion ahead with a side-foot finish.

“It’s a difficult place to come with the players they have, and the crowd can get behind them really quickly, so our performance in the first half was really strong.”

United pulled one back through an Alexis Mac Allister own goal and although United went in search of an equaliser, the Albion rear-guard stood strong.

“We managed to see the game out quite well,” Potter added. “They [United] are going to put you under pressure but we had a couple of chances to make it three.

By Paul Hazlewood
Rob Sanchez denied Marcus Rashford with a terrific reflex save.

“It was a disappointing goal to concede from our perspective, but we managed to hang in there and still caused some problems on the counter-attack. It was a great performance and I’m delighted for the boys. It’s a nice start.”

Albion took to the field for the first time without Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma, who have joined Chelsea and Tottenham respectively this summer, but their absence was not noticed in a five-star display.

“It’s not easy because they are two really good players for us and the value of the transfer fees suggest that,” Potter admitted. “In any football team you miss good players but we’ve got a good group here who are ambitious, and the guys want to do their best. They’re not perfect but they give everything and, when you’ve got that as a coach, you’ve got a chance.

“Three points in the Premier League is always difficult to get but the way we did it was good, but we also know it’s only three points and we’ve got another tough game at the weekend.”