Glenn Murray has promised to repay Chris Hughton’s faith after the Brighton boss stuck with him this summer.
Hughton resisted buying a big-name striker to stick with much-travelled striker Murray, who turns 35 in just over a month’s time.
Murray, who opened his account in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United , said: “I have to thank him for giving me the opportunity to play at this level.
“You see with some of the promoted teams this year that they have got rid of some players and have brought some big names in. Thankfully our manager did not do that.
“He gave everyone that helped the club to the Premier League an opportunity in the Premier League and I think most of us have taken that opportunity.”
Murray opened the scoring midway through the first half, then defender Shane Duffy quickly doubled the Seagulls’ advantage.
Romelu Lukaku seemed to have got United back into it, but Brighton scored again just before the break through a Pascal Gross penalty.
Paul Pogba’s own spot-kick moments from the final whistle was little consolation for Jose Mourinho and co — who also lost at the Amex Stadium last season.
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