Manchester United are in action after an international break. The Red Devils will take on Brighton at home. Currently Manchester United are in a great position in the race for the top four. They are second with 57 points but the likes of Leicester City and Chelsea could build some pressure on them.
On the other hand, Brighton have played some very good football. However, that hardly reflects their position in the Premier League table. With 32 points they are sixteenth in the table and four points clear of Newcastle United.
However Manchester United have a good record against them. In their previous five meetings, the Red Devils have all five of them. In the last four games, they have scored three goals in each game.
Also at Old Trafford, Brighton havem’t been able to win in 12 games. When the two teams meet for the first team this season there was a lot of drama. 23% of the goals scored in this fixture are from penalties, higher than any other Premier League fixture.
Even almost being in charge for two years, it is difficult to say what is United’s style of play under Solskjear. However, the most important thing is to win and Manchester United have won 16 Premier League games this season. On the other hand, Brighton have a long-term vision at the club. Under Graham Potter, they want to play attacking and expansive football. This season they have done that quite a few times as well. However, the table hardly reflects that.
The Red Devils usually rely upon their pace and counter-attacks. It is likely that they will try to score goals that way only. United’s defensive record hasn’t been very good this season. At times they do tend to switch off. While a team like Brighton are definitely capable of scoring if United switch off. The Potters will sit deep and defend, and they will also try to do well with possession. United will try to open them and this is likely how the game will proceed. Even a draw for Brighton will bring huge relief.
When and Where ?
Manchester United will host Brighton at Old Trafford in the Premier League fixture on 05th March 2021 at 12:30 AM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Marcus Rashford is back in training but it is unclear whether he will be fit or not. The same is the case with Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. While Victor Lindelof is also a doubt for the game.
Predicted Line Up: Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Baily, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Van de Beek, James, Cavani.
Graham Potter has confirmed that there are no injury issues with his team going into the game.
Predicted Line Up: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, White, Moder, Bissouma, Lallana, Trossard, Gross, Welbeck , Maupay.
Head to Head stat: Manchester United vs Brighton
In the previous seven games between the two teams, Manchester United have five games and lost the other two games.
Burno Fernandes- Manchester United
For Manchester United, he has been the difference since he has arrived. Thus there should be no surprises that he is the player capable of making a difference.
Like Fernandes, Bissouma has also been a great arrival for Brighton. The midfielder has good ball carrying skills which could come in handy against the Red Devils.
The 12th Man Prediction Manchester United 3 vs Brighton 1
Manchester United are in good form right now. They have historically done well against Brighton. It is unlikely that there will be a major upset this time around as well.