Shane Duffy says it is good Albion were disappointed after their 3-1 defeat away to Manchester United.

The Republic of Ireland defender returned for the injured Adam Webster as one of two changes to the side that beat Norwich.

Albion had an uphill task after going 2-0 down in the first 20 minutes but Duffy revealed it was not the result that upset him and his team-mates the most.

He said: “It is good to be disappointed as it shows where we have come from.

“We can take the result maybe, but it is more about the way we performed, which was the most disappointing thing.

“We have all got to look back at it but in not too much detail because it is only one game and only three points.

“We need to focus on getting our performance levels back for Leicester because they are a top team as well.

“We have had a good run of results recently. It has been quite positive and today we are disappointed with the performance.

“Overall it has been a good start to the season and, hopefully, most of the lads get a rest now, regroup and we go back again at the Amex, which will be a big game.”

Despite Albion not being at their best in the match, United played well. One player who shone in the win was Marcus Rashford.

The 22-year-old scored United’s third and also missed a couple of chances to add to his nine goals so far this season in all competitions.

Duffy admitted Rashford was hard to handle.

He said: “It is tough because we played into their hands a bit as we were giving the ball away and being sloppy.

“With Daniel James so wide and Anthony Martial, it is hard and any defender would struggle when he is in that sort of form.

“We were trying to play out but it is quite difficult to get back if you give the ball away by being sloppy – it is one pass and they are in.

“He is a top player and he could have had two or three goals.”

Albion looked a threat from set-pieces. Duffy kneed the ball just wide from a free-kick and Aaron Connolly headed over from another delivery, while Lewis Dunk scored from a corner to get Albion back into the game temporarily.

Duffy says hard work on the training ground is paying off.

He said: “We have got big lads in there now so we got in a new coach, who has worked hard this year. He has taken over on set-pieces, so we do a lot of work on that.

“It is paying off at the minute to try and pick out the opposition’s weaknesses and we have had another one today, so we need to keep building on that.”

Duffy, who heads off on Ireland duty now, thinks the international break has come at the right time for him so he can keep playing games.

Duffy has had to bide his time on the bench with Adam Webster and Dunk starting along with Dan Burn in recent matches.

He said: “I have not been playing a lot recently so I’m just trying to tick over by trying to get my minutes back up again.

“I cannot dwell on it, I will look over it tonight (Sunday) and see what I could have done better and what I did well.

“Then tomorrow (Monday) I will fully focus on Ireland, we have got a massive game coming up so all my focus will be on that.”