David Beckham made his debut the last time Albion hosted Manchester United in the League Cup.

That was as a late substitute for Andrei Kanchelskis in the 1-1 draw at the Goldstone 28 years ago this month.

The third-tier Seagulls scored through Matt Edwards soon after to secure a 1-1 draw, although they lost the second round tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Albion head coach Graham Potter was asked whether Beckham’s subsequent progress from that humble beginning can be an inspiration to his own youngsters.

He replied: “Absolutely, yes. He had a wonderful career, was a fantastic player, amazing servant for the game, great ambassador.

"And I'm sure our players and the Manchester United players that play - however young or old they are - will be looking to try to be positive in the game and to hope that it's an experience they can use positively to either kick-start their career or start their career."