Ander Herrera says every Manchester United home game is 'like a final'

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United will attempt to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to five points when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

"So far we've fared well this season and we'll have to play at a good-enough level to do so again".

Paul Pogba made a scoring return to the team, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also featured as the Red Devils welcomed two key players back into the fold.

"Paul is still in this process where he can not reach the fatigue limit", the Portuguese said, according to BBC Sport.

"On the pitch, he's another option for us and he's an option of quality", Mourinho said of the Swede who had been out for around seven months prior to the Magpies game. While Pogba will start once again, Ibrahimovic will have to make do with another stint off the bench as their game times continue to be managed following their returns from their respective injuries. But he needs time.

Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford admits manager Jose Mourinho is demanding a greater balance over the 90 minutes.

Mourinho's side are now second in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games of the new campaign.

Despite the prospect of playing at a venue where United have not lost since September 2016, Hughton sees no reason to think his men can not spring a surprise.

"We have to think, 'we are Man Utd and we have to fight for every title.' We are in a good position in the league, we are chasing the top of the table".

"In this moment, we haven't yet reached 50 per cent of the season so let's be calm".

The midfielder is understood to want a longer-term contract than the one now being offered by the Old Trafford board and rejected one offer, believed to be for two years, in September.

Jose Mourinho's United side were last beaten at home in any competition in September 2016 when Manchester City grabbed a narrow 2-1 in the Manchester derby.

However, Hughton is hopeful of Brighton extending their five-game unbeaten run in the league.

"You've got to play at a very high level and you've certainly got to have that bit of luck that goes with a win away from home at any one of the big clubs".

"You never know what can happen in football and in life".

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