Brighton now warn Man United: We are not coming to Old Trafford as tourists

Brighton now warn Man United: We are not coming to Old Trafford as tourists

Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi has sent a stern message to Manchester United ahead of their highly anticipated English Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday, September 16, 2023.

Speaking at a press conference, De Zerbi lauded Old Trafford’s legacy but emphasized his team’s commitment to securing maximum points with their distinctive style of play.

“Old Trafford? It’s an honour to coach at this stadium but make no mistake, we’re not here as tourists. We aim to play our way and emerge victorious,” stated the Italian, who holds Manchester United in high regard and acknowledges the challenge that this league fixture presents.

Roberto De Zerbi in a past press conference. [Photo/Courtesy].

While acknowledging the fortress-like reputation of Old Trafford, the 44-year-old manager expressed his team’s intent to take control of the game and emerge victorious.

“Manchester United remains a powerhouse in European football. The atmosphere will be electric, but our DNA compels us to play well, maintain possession, and strive for victory. It’s a tough match, but we possess the qualities needed to triumph,” Roberto De Zerbi added.

Old Trafford is one of the most iconic stadiums in world football. [Photo/Courtesy].

How do the two teams compare into the new season?

In terms of their current form, both Brighton and Manchester United have embarked on the 2023/24 Premier League season with similar trajectories, although Brighton holds a slight advantage with an additional win in the opening four rounds.

The Seagulls have clinched victory in three matches and suffered one defeat, netting 12 goals while conceding six, securing them a sixth-place position with nine points on the league table.

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Roberto De Zerbi at Old Trafford when the two sides faced off in the FA Cup in February 2023. [Photo/Courtesy].

On the other hand, Manchester United has claimed victory in two matches and endured two defeats, including a recent 3-1 loss to Arsenal just before the international break.

During this period, they have scored five goals and conceded seven, leaving them in a precarious 11th place with six points from a possible 12.

The two teams last faced off in May 2023, with Brighton emerging victorious through a lone goal, courtesy of Alexis Mac Allister’s stoppage-time penalty.

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