One of Sheffield United’s major summer transfer targets, Neal Maupay, has heaped praise on the Blades following Brighton’s weekend draw at Bramall Lane.

Neal Maupay got the equalising goal against Sheffield United this weekend. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Maupay scored the equaliser as the Seagulls came away with a well-earned point against high-flying United. The Frenchman was a reported Blades target in the summer.

However, he signed for Brighton, with United moving to bring in Oli McBurnie instead.

And Maupay insisted that Brighton should be pleased with their efforts, citing the problems United have caused most teams this season.

“Not too many have coped like we did today. We showed great battling qualities and that is what we will need for the rest of the season,” Maupay said. (Sheffield Star)

“Our quality in possession was not that good. They were better than us in that area so we had to rethink. The difference was that we realised we had to change our ambitions.”

Maupay’s equaliser could prove vital for Graham Potter’s men in the relegation fight. With things being so tight between the bottom three and those above, it could well be a case of every point matters from now on in.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion battles for possession with George Baldock of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Bramall Lane on February 22, 2020 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Blades, meanwhile, remain seventh but sit only one point off Manchester United in fifth. Wilder’s men still have to play Spurs, Wolves, Chelsea, and Man United, so there is every chance of a European push being on the cards.

Showed his class

Maupay’s movement in and around the area was excellent and he showed enough to suggest why United wanted him in the summer.

It was the first time Maupay had scored since the fixture prior to the last meeting between the clubs. Brighton, then, will need the Frenchman at his brilliant best if they are to survive come the end of the season.

On this gritty display, the Seagulls might well just have enough in the tank to secure their safety.

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