De Zerbi claims Brighton's win over Man United was 'not a surprise'

Roberto De Zerbi claims Brighton’s win over Man United was ‘not a surprise’… as Seagulls celebrate fourth straight win over the Red Devils

  • Roberto De Zerbi credited his men for sticking to their style against Man United
  • Brighton continued their excellent start to the season with a stylish victory
  • Their manager admitted he feels ‘lucky’ to be part of their special journey 

Roberto De Zerbi claimed that Brighton’s latest victory over Manchester United was ‘no surprise’ as his team celebrated a fourth straight win in Premier League meetings between the two clubs.

Brighton moved into fourth place in the table after ending United’s 31-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford, and De Zerbi admitted that they could have scored even more goals in a 3-1 win after Andre Onana pulled off a point-blank save from Ansu Fati in injury-time.

Asked how a club with Brighton’s limited budget can keep beating United, De Zerbi said: ‘Football is nice because the small team can win in every moment. I think Brighton is becoming not a big team, but it is not a surprise.

‘The quality of the players and organisation of Brighton is very high. I don’t know the problems of Manchester United, but I can explain my team.

‘We are used to working in our style, we are playing with courage, we defended at Old Trafford man to man all the time and we kept the ball in every situation.

Roberto De Zerbi hailed his players for maintaining their philosophy against Man United

Danny Welbeck opened the scoring after 20 minutes as Brighton started the day brightly

United have lost three Premier League matches in their opening five games this season – amid struggles on and off the pitch

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‘In the first half, we suffered a lot with the pressure, but after that we played a great game.’

Another sign of Brighton’s progress will be the club’s first ever appearance in Europe when they face AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday.

‘We played a great, great game. We deserved to win, we played well. In the first 15, 20 minutes we suffered a lot because Man United played in a different way than we prepared for but after that we played a great game,’ De Zerbi told Sky Sports. 

‘I think the game was changed when we kept the ball. In that moment their pressure was strong and to keep the ball helped us to control the game and then we have four attackers who are very fast and very good. 

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