Emotional Marc Cucurella has dedicated his first Premier League goal to his young family.

He hopes a 4-0 rout of Manchester United was “a nice present” for the supporters.

He said Albion played “the perfect match” and revealed how they had planned to make life uncomfortable for United.

Cucurella fired home the second goal as Graham Potter’s side turned on the style at the Amex.

It helped cap an impressive debut season with the Seagulls which is expected to see him collect the player of the year award tonight.

The Catalan father-of-two made a heart symbol with his hands towards the TV camera and was in tears as he celebrated in front of the North Stand.

He told The Argus: “I’m very pleased. I’ve worked well and I’ve had some tough moments.

“It is difficult to get used to a new city, a new country, a new language.

“My family have always been with me and this goal is for them.

“At times it has been hard to come where everything is different and you don’t speak the language well. I found the winter a bit tough.

“But, at the end, this is a gift for them because they have always been at my side and they deserve it.

“It’s emotion – it’s tears of happiness.”

Cucurella loved hearing fans belt out a song in his honour after he netted.

He said: “Yes, yes. I like it. I’ve only had a year here and I already have a song. I have to thank the fans. They have always been with us.

“We had six games in a row losing and I think this match is for them because they deserve it.

“Also they had a year without being able to come into the stadium.

“So it was great to enjoy this one together.”

Cucurella said Albion's gameplan was to hurry United out of their stride.

He added: “We played very well. We didn’t leave them in space on the ball. We pressed them a lot.

“We had a lot of chances and today we scored.

“On other days we have struggled to score.

“But the ball went in and, as you score goals, you feel more comfortable.

“We were able to play our football and I think we played a great match.”

Cucurella felt a 1-0 lead was scant reward for Albion at the break.

He said: “We had a great chance for Danny (Welbeck) and I don’t think they had had a shot on target.

“But we were playing well and the gaffer told us not to think about it.

“We went back out with a lot of desire and scored more goals.”

Albion had the game won at 4-0 but were determined to keep a clean sheet.

The left-back admitted: “The clean sheet was very important.

“When we made it 4-0, they put on a lot of pressure and had chances and we dropped back a little.

“But Robert (Sanchez) was very good, made some saves.



“Everybody has to do the work of everybody.

“We all help each other and I think we played the perfect match.”