Adam Webster wanted a full and tough preseason.
He goes into Albion’s opener at Old Trafford happily despite missing a friendly.
Webster is likely to start on the left of the back three when the Seagulls take on Manchester United on Sunday.
He was there on Saturday as Espanyol were swept aside in the absence of Marc Cucurella.
Webster was on the right side of the three at half-time in a 2-2 win at Reading a week earlier.
He admitted early in preseason he never really got over a summer disrupted by Covid last season.
This time the one inconvenience was minor.
He told The Argus: “I missed the game in Portugal.
“I trained all week before that but I had the weirdest dead calf.
“It was the worst dead calf I’ve ever had.
“But by the beginning of the next week I was back in training. Nothing serious.”
He added: “It was a good pre-season.
“It was tough at times but getting the minutes going was good.
“I think we’re all looking forward to getting it off the ground properly now.”
Real business begins against a United side under new Erik ten Hag leadership.
His first game in charge will attract worldwide attention. Their 4-0 loss at Amex late last season will no doubt be remembered leading up to the game.
Webster said: “It’s a different Man United now.
“They have a new manager, a different philosophy and you can already see that in some clips from their preseason.
“How different they play and how difficult it will be for us.
“It’s never easy to play at Old Trafford.
“But for sure now, first game of the season, new manager, some new faces, it’s probably going to be a really tough test for us.”
Albion know that. They’ve never won at Old Trafford or won a point in the Premier League.
They looked good to get a reward last season when they were the better team in the first half.
But United turned things around after the break, helped by a moment of magic from Cristiano Ronaldo.
A first win in the Theater of Dreams would be a coup and Albion will head north with conviction.
Webster said: “I think we can take confidence from the end of last season.
“It’s the same group. We’ve added some new faces, but it’s pretty much the same group.
“Our responsibilities are still the same and we’ve had a few years together now.
“We all have a great team spirit and work ethic so we’re really looking forward to it.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/20602973.adam-webster-ready-go-brighton-face-manchester-united/?ref=rss Adam Webster ready as Brighton take on Manchester United