Hughton: United are the favourites

17 March 2018 18:50:04 GMTPlus11
Shane Duffy is looking forward to facing former team-mate Romelu Lukaku.

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton believes his side will be genuine underdogs when they visit Manchester United for an FA Cup sixth round tie.

The Seagulls head to Old Trafford with a Wembley semi-final spot on the line and in the knowledge that they have only ever beaten United once in 17 previous meetings in all competitions.

It's a big task and United will be clear favourites.

Chris Hughton

That win came back in November 1982 and Hughton is in no doubt about the size of the task his players will be facing.

He told reporters: "What we all know about Manchester United is they have huge quality, and are only second in this division because Manchester City are having an outstanding season.

"They are going to have days that are not so good and we'll have to make sure that we play well enough to get a result. It's a big task and United will be clear favourites."

Meanwhile, Albion central defender Shane Duffy is relishing coming up against former Everton team-mate Romelu Lukaku.

He told the Daily Express: "Rom has done brilliant and now he is regarded as one of the top strikers in the world."

"He's still young. He has a lot of pressure on him trying to deliver goals for Manchester United, but the goals he has got show what he can do."

Lukaku, who has netted four goals in three FA Cup appearances so far this season, is 2.00 to score at any time on Saturday evening and is 4.50 to score the first goal of the game, with the Red Devils 8.50 to claim a 2-1 victory in 90 minutes.

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