Republic of Eire defender Shane Duffy has earned robust reward from Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter – and might be in line to start out tonight’s essential conflict with Manchester United.
Duffy’s father Brian died in Could aged 53. The towering centre-half paid tribute to his dad on social media, posting: “You were not simply my dad, you had been my hero, my idol. I’ll miss ringing you after the match and also you telling me how shite I used to be. Daddy, I like you and miss you. Take care of us all now.”
He has been a key a part of the Irish defence over the past two qualification campaigns, with new supervisor Stephen Kenny just lately describing Duffy, John Egan, Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens as being doubtlessly one of many strongest worldwide again strains in Europe.
Nonetheless he is not at all times been Potter’s first alternative this time period. Duffy was an unused sub within the win in opposition to Arsenal and was on the bench for the stalemate with Leicester.
He got here on for Adam Webster within the draw in opposition to the Foxes. Webster pulled up with a hamstring downside and is a doubt for the conflict with the Purple Devils on the Amex Stadium.
It means Duffy is primed to start out for 15th-placed Brighton who need to pull additional away from the drop zone.
“Shane has had a troublesome time, so it was nice for him to contribute final Tuesday,” stated Potter.
“He is been firstclass across the place. He is an important instance for us. No one was happier than him after the Arsenal win. He’ll at all times combat and compete for you.
“It is regular that each participant needs to start out the sport, however should you take a look at the Arsenal win from our perspective the blokes that end the sport are so necessary.
“They should be prepared – whether or not that is for 3 minutes or 30 minutes.”
Aaron Connolly has featured prominently within the Seagulls’ final two video games and may determine once more as Brighton look to disrupt United’s top-four chase.
In the meantime Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there was enchancment from his personal younger attacking trio Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood this season however he might usher in one other ahead to spice up competitors for locations.
Rashford and Martial have contributed 19 targets every in all competitions whereas Greenwood has scored 12 however Solskjaer stated the trio nonetheless should earn their spot.
“You want competitors for locations at United. Should you suppose you have received a divine proper to be enjoying each recreation and are doing so nicely that we’re not going to search for gamers to exchange you, you are within the incorrect place,” Solskjaer advised reporters.
“We have at all times received to take a look at enhancing, and if they do not… we would should look someplace else to get higher as a result of we now have to be higher.”
Solskjaer stated he confirmed religion in his younger strikers after permitting Romelu Lukaku to affix Inter Milan in August.
“It was time to permit our forwards to really feel that confidence and really feel that demand of enjoying and being demanded to play each recreation,” Solskjaer added.
“In the long run that is the way you get to a different degree, a distinct degree … all three (Martial, Rashford and Greenwood) have had a great improvement this season however they are often so significantly better.”
United are sixth within the Premier League with 49 factors.
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