Manchester United travel to Brighton in search of their first three points of the new Premier League campaign United came up 3-0 comfortable winners against Luton Town in their midweek EFL Cup tie with Mata, Rashford and Greenwood scoring. However, they lost their opening league fixture against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Brighton also advanced to the next round with a 2-0 win over Preston with Jahanbakhsh and Mac Allister on the scoresheet. The Seagulls overturned their defeat to Chelsea by winning 3-0 against Newcastle last weekend.
Solksjaer’s men faced disappointment in the new Premier League campaign by going down 3-1 against Crystal Palace. Transfer failures and hectic preseason preparation clearly ruined their chances of winning in the evening. The only positive for them, new arrival Donny Van De Beek scored in that fixture.
The Dutchman gives his boss a selection concern against Brighton with him doing a decent job against Luton Town. Other than him, the whole United squad looked bleak. Solksjaer wants his players to step up soon otherwise face discontentment.
On the other side, Graham Potter’s Brighton humbled Newcastle in a fascinating style after their opening day disappointment. In both of the games, Brighton showed real attacking qualities and will be hoping to do the same to upset United once again.
When and where?
Manchester United pay a trip to Amex Stadium to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, 26 September (17:00 IST).
Team News and Expected Lineups
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton’s main problem is the suspension of their star player, Yves Bissouma. The midfielder got sent-off after an unintentional yet dangerous kick to the face of Jamal Lewis in the last game. Connolly and Tariq Lamptey are possible doubts for this fixture. Jose Izquierdo, Florian Andone, and Walton are all sidelined.
Matt Ryan; Ben White, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Tariq Lamptey, Davy Propper, Steven Alzate, Solly March, Leandro Trossard, Aaron Connolly, Neal Maupay
Solksjaer will be able to start some first-team regulars after the opening game. Two fullbacks, Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are expected to be in the starting lineup with Greenwood replacing Daniel James on the left. Van De Beek may push for a start alongside Paul Pogba. De Gea will keep his place in between the sticks even though Dean Henderson shined in the cup tie. The rest of the squad is fit with reserves like Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzabe out through injury.
David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Donny Van De Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood
Head to Head in the Premier League and Match Facts
In the last six meetings between the sides, Manchester United came out winners on four occasions. But Amex hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the visitors with their 3-0 win last campaign the first after consecutive defeats at the place in the league.
Brighton’s intriguing striker, Neal Maupay will be ever ready to chip in vital goal in this fixture. The 24-year-old scored a brace against Newcastle in the last league fixture and produced an assist in a five-star performance. His partnership with Trossard is deadly in the final third. The United defense should be on the watch out for this witty goal-scorer.
Donny Van De Beek
It is not known whether Donny Van De Beek will be granted his first Premier league start or not. The Ajax academy graduate has proved he can do things effectively if assigned to play on his own terms. Against Palace, he restored some pride for his team but this time he is hungry to win. Despite Bruno Fernandes being the main creativity force, Van De Beek’s influence will be the key for United in future.
Final Score Prediction
Brighton vs Manchester United will finish 1-1 at Amex Stadium in an evenly matched game. Graham Potter doesn’t have a sustainable home record but has it all to stop Manchester United from gaining their first three points of the campaign. Their attack will mend the day for them.
Solksjaer’s men didn’t play the best of football against Luton and their attack was dragging by with the lack of creative sense. This away trip won’t be fruitful either with the squad disjointed because of the board’s failure in building up the squad for the current campaign. So, nothing less than a draw is expected.