Brighton fans assess Old Trafford win and the season ahead


We asked these longtime Seagulls supporters and Argus staffers what they thought of the 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Then we turned to the upcoming season.

What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance at Old Trafford?

Colin Beales: The Albion picked up where they left off last season with a great half of football. We pushed Man Utd high up and broke really well. As we had more established players the cohesion was evident and we could have confined Man Utd more closely to a Bruno shot over the bar. In the second half Man Utd came into play more and threatened but the Albion managed the game well to the end. The clear penalty against Danny Welbeck, which the referee and VAR missed, probably would have taken away the nervousness we had before the final whistle.

Tim Ayling: Another exceptional performance from the lads, especially given the series of terrible refereeing decisions that went against them. No red card, no penalty and then no offside for the Utd goal. Many teams would have been troubled by these incidents but not Brighton. It was a real mix of offensive flair and defensive organization. Forget cucurella and bissouma!

James Heasman: Fantastic performance. Once again Graham Potter showed that tactically there are very few who can match him in the Premier League. Great shape and movement. Every player knew his role and made a great contribution.

Who was your pick among the Albion players?

Colin Beales: It was a great team performance with everyone playing their game but special calls for Gross’s goals and Caicedo’s midfield work but my man of the game was Danny Welbeck. He gave us a goal, bullied their back line and was clearly in favor against his former club. If we can keep Danny fit and able to play like that, it will be huge for Albion.

Tim Ayling: It’s hard to pick one, but I think Moises Caicedo is the best player the world has ever seen. He will be massive this season. Welbs was a beast up front and Dunk led my example throughout the game. But Moises gets my vote.

James Heasman: Very difficult. Caicedo was just world class and hardly made a mistake, but because of his selfless running and his vital importance to the way we play, I would go for Danny Welbeck.

How will this season go for the Seagulls?

Colin Beales: Well, I’m not going to get too carried away after a great result, but I certainly don’t think we’re going to struggle this season. There seems to be more than enough in this squad to be competitive. Losing Bissouma seems less of an issue with our cover than with Cucurella, where more left-sided numbers could give more options as the season progresses. Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a great ride for the fans!

Tim Ayling: It’s too early to say but although we lost key players we seem to be more of a team than individuals. I would also argue that most teams outside the top 6 are weaker than last season – Leeds, Villa, Southampton, Everton etc. I think another top 10 finish is within reach and maybe we can from Europe dream.

James Heasman: Hopefully we have another good season and get in the top ten. Of course, Bissouma and Cucurella are losses, but the players we have seem more than able to compensate for Bissouma’s loss. I think we need to replace Cucurella and would hope for a left-back/left-back before the end of the transfer window. Brighton fans assess Old Trafford win and the season ahead

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