Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s match.
The immediate concern is of course three points and Rafa is hoping for a first win of the season against Brighton.
The manager revealing that as well as Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark is now injured.
Salomon Rondon on the other hand has trained but the Brighton game is too soon for him to be involved.
Better news for Rafa Benitez is that Paul Dummett has been training normally and will be available.
Looking further ahead. the media have claimed that Rafa will once again have a minimal budget in January’s transfer window.
However, the manager says he hasn’t been told what will be available but insists that isn’t a problem.
Presumably Rafa Benitez doesn’t see it as a problem 10 weeks ahead of that window but that as time goes on that would surely change if the manager is not given an idea by Mike Ashley, of the players he can go for.
As for how much he will be allowed to invest in the squad, if anything, that could definitely become a problem unless there is a change from these last three transfer windows.
Rafa Benitez speaking at his pre-Brighton press conference:
“Ciaran Clark is out but Paul Dummett has trained normally.
“Salomon Rondon has trained but is not available (for Brighton).
“The first win is always the most difficult. As soon as we win the first game, we will have more confidence and it will be easier for us.
“I think the fans realise that the players will need support.
“If we are united, like we have been for years, then we can do well.
“The most important thing for us was to understand what we did really well (at Manchester United), and what we did wrong at the end.
“Brighton have spent a lot of money and they have a good manager, good players, and are more experienced now.
“My job is to keep people calm and believing that we can do well.
“We have to analyse what is wrong, stay calm and we will be fine then.”
Asked about transfer spending:
“All my career, even when with top sides, we have never been top spenders.
“A lot of other teams have spent big this season but the atmosphere is quite good here and the players know that the way (forward) is to keep working hard.
“I don’t know my budget for January (transfer window) but it isn’t a problem.
“I am confident we can achieve what we want to achieve and that is to stay up.”