Neal Maupay ready to score more goals as Brighton ready for Manchester United
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Neal Maupay isn't setting a numerical target for himself with seven games left as Brighton and Hove Albion continue their quest to stay in the Premier League.

The Seagulls striker, signed from Brentford in the summer transfer window, leads the club with nine goals as Brighton prepare to face Manchester United on Tuesday. 

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'I'll do everything I can to keep scoring'

Maupay scored the game-winner as Brighton defeated Arsenal 2-1 and had a penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel in the Seagulls 0-0 draw at Leicester City.

"I didn't have a number or target when I arrived for the club this season - I just wanted to score in every game this season. To reach double figures in my first Premier League campaign would be very good of course. We have seven more matches and I'll do everything I can to keep scoring.

"Last Tuesday (against Leicester) was the first penalty I have missed in my career. I knew I'd miss one day, that's football."

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'The last two matches have given us a lot of confidence'

The Seagulls have picked up four valuable points from their first two games and the Frenchman feels the club are in a good frame of mind as they face Manchester United on Tuesday. 

"As a side, we have a lot of quality with good management and staff and we believe we have everything we need to stay in this division. The last two matches have given us a lot of confidence. Before Arsenal we hadn't won a game in 2020. We didn't know what to expect after three months without playing, but the win gave us a big boost going into the other matches.

"I've never felt any sort of pressure with my teammates or with the club - we all think we have the quality to stay in this division. We needed points, but we've never been focused on how many we'd need to stay in the league, it was more about how we could keep winning matches. We weren't anxious, we were confident we would turn things around.

"Now the confidence is higher after the last two matches. We'll keep believing in ourselves."

'It's another great chance for us to test ourselves'

The Red Devils are coming off of a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United with Anthony Martial recording a hat trick and Maupay knows what to expect when his side face the Red Devils.

"It will be a very tough game. They're in good shape and some of their best players are back in the side now after being out with injuries. It will be hard, but if we are focused and stick to our gameplan, we can get a result", he said.

"We need to believe in what we do. They're one of the biggest clubs in the world, but it's another great chance for us to test ourselves against the best."

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