MUTV Group Chat: Looking ahead to Brighton

Thursday 01 April 2021 07:00

Manchester United’s imminent return to action after the recent international break was a topic of discussion on the latest episode of MUTV Group Chat.

Ole’s Reds will be back at it on Sunday evening when Brighton & Hove Albion are the visitors to Old Trafford in the Premier League. 

Ahead of that match, Ben Thornley, Danny Webber, David May and Wes Brown gave their thoughts on the Seagulls and what they expect from the encounter in M16. 

“They’ve got a really good, young, hungry manager,” Ben explained. “They are a really good footballing side and have some dangerous players that you have to be aware of. 

“But I feel as though it’s not a bad game for United to be returning to. You’d be fully expecting them to go out there and get three points, but it won’t be easy.”

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Danny also feels the Reds will need to be on our game to secure all three points but says United are more than capable of emerging from the clash as comfortable winners with the quality among the squad. 

“In recent years, they have done well against us. They have some good individuals but if we’re on it, we wipe them away and we should be doing that,” he told host Stewart Gardner. 

“They’re 16th in the league, I agree that their performances don’t relate to that position, but you are where you are, and we should be dominating. We have to go there with a strong mentality.”

Sunday’s game is United’s first in the final stretch of the campaign, with the Reds looking to cement a top-four spot in the Premier League while competing for silverware in the UEFA Europa League over the coming weeks. 

As someone who’s played in United teams that have had busy schedules at this time of year, Wes highlighted the importance of United’s mental preparation alongside their physical work on the training pitch. 

“It’s been like that now since lockdown really.  There are many games, we just have to get on with it and be mentally prepared. 

“That’s a big part of it, especially at this late stage of the season. Mentally are we ready, do we have that bit more of energy than everyone else. If the lads can gain that, they’ll get even better results.”