Teams: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United
Date: Saturday 26th September 2020
KO Time: 12:30 BST
Stadium: Amex Stadium
Managers: Graham Potter and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Referee: Chris Cavanaugh
There are no words to describe last week’s home Premier League loss to Crystal Palace and the hurt that it has caused Manchester United fans. It has most certainly dampened expectations for this season. Manchester United fans will be looking for their team to get things going against Brighton. Graham Potter’s side have made a decent start to the Premier League season. They looked good despite losing to Chelsea and then were very impressive in their 3-0 win over Newcastle.
Manchester United are going to have to play well to get something from this game. Last season started poorly and it really hung over us up until January, so we will need to stop this rot fast. In addition, Manchester United will play Brighton again in the EFL Cup on Wednesday. Therefore, this will be a good chance to get a psychological advantage in that game too. Millsy’s View is here for The United Devils to preview the game for you, you lucky people!:
Brighton and Manchester United Team News
For Brighton, there are no real injuries for them to worry about. Graham Potter said: “Tariq Lamptey was receiving some treatment this week but he trained on Thursday and Adam Lallana has trained all week”. Yves Bissouma is still suspended after the roundhouse kick that got him sent off against Newcastle.
Manchester United will have Mason Greenwood back for the Brighton game after he played against Luton in midweek. Axel Tuanzebe is still not ready for his return after surgery but should be back for the October international break. Other than that, there are no fitness worries for this Premier League clash. Phil Jones is also out injured, but there won’t be many fans concerned with him not starting.
The loss against Crystal Palace in the last game was Manchester United’s first for 9 months in the Premier League
Manchester United are currently on a run of having scored in every one of their last 17 competitive matches
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are the only players to have played in every Manchester United vs Brighton match since they returned to the Premier League.
Manchester United have won their last three matches against Brighton and Hove Albion
In this Premier League match, we should see a return to the much more familiar lineup that we had towards the end of the season. Dean Henderson made a couple of good saves in the EFL cup against Luton but De Gea will likely keep his place for this Premier League match. Aaron Wan-Bissaka should return to the lineup, while Lindelof and Maguire looked at sixes and sevens against Palace, but I don’t expect there to be any changes. Eric Bailly could come in, but I cannot see that happening in all honesty. Donny Van de Beek played well in both of his appearances so far so could start and so could start alongside Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. The front three should look as it did last season with Greenwood, Martial and Rashford all starting.
Predicted Team: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Van de Beek, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.
As for the score, I expect Manchester United to be a lot more switched on against Brighton than they were against Crystal Palace. The players are more match fit, so should be able to go up a gear as they come back into the season. I don’t think a clean sheet is on the cards. Graham Potter’s Brighton looked dangerous against Newcastle, even while down to ten men. I think that we will win the game 2-1 and get our first points on the board.
Predicted Score: 2-1 to United