Two Premier League managers believe United were the best team they faced last season

Manchester United face Graeme Potter’s Brighton side twice in a number of days at the Amex Stadium.

United won the sides’ most recent meeting 3-0 in June and Potter has offered high praise for our performance that night.

He says his view is shared by Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder with both managers believing United were the best team they faced last season.

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As per Sussex Live, Potter was asked at his pre-match press conference whether United were the best side to visit the Amex last season and said: “Yeah, I’d say so. I can’t think of any better really.

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“Manchester United were in a really good moment at that point, full of confidence on the back of some results.

“They’d played Sheffield United the week before and Chris Wilder said they were the best team they’d played. And yeah, we probably agree – at that point they were really confident, powerful and firing.

“Back in lockdown they were as good as anybody. The front three of Martial, Rashford, Greenwood, and then Fernandes were, I thought, sensational.”

The challenge for United is to get back to the level that saw us take Brighton apart back in June.

The trip to the Amex had tripped United up in the previous two seasons, but we took control early on during that clash and it’s no surprise Potter was impressed.

With Brighton further down the line in terms of their fitness preparation, this game will present a different challenge for United.

First of all, the onus is on United not to be as comprehensively outworked as we were against Crystal Palace last week.

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The way Brighton pour forward under Potter should leave United space in behind to exploit.

That’s exactly what happened for Bruno Fernandes’ third goal last season, which was probably United’s best strike after lockdown.

This is already a must-win game, given the mood around the club as the transfer window ticks towards its final days.

It’s time for United to show once again why Wilder and Potter felt we were as good as anyone they played last season.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.