STAR PREVIEW: Brighton v Man U

This hasn’t been a normal season for Manchester United – or any club – but they appear to be making the most of their return to football and can keep up the good work with victory at Brighton this evening.

There have been a few false dawns with United before but their extra-time win over Norwich in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Carrow Road made it 14 unbeaten in all competitions and whilst they probably underperformed in normal time against Norwich – they deserved their victory in the end (had an xG count of 2.7 to 0.8 according to Caley Graphics) whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also made eight changes from Man Utd’s victory over Sheffield United, with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes the only players to retain their places.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Man Utd
Premier League
20:15 Sky One / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD / Pick

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-1 Brighton
JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Brighton
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 3-2 Brighton
MAY 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-0 Manchester United
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

With Champions League football still a possibility, we can surely expect a return to what would be seen as a typical first choice side, and as shown by their 3-0 win against Sheffield United, Solskjaer has plenty of creative options. Anthony Martial’s hat-trick stole the headlines but the midfield displays of Pogba and Fernandes were just as promising heading forward and the return of Rashford means United can now stretch defences with more than one option going forward.

Brighton are heading towards safety with a good run since the restart, and Graham Potter’s men will feel disappointed not to have taken all three points from their trip to Leicester (Maupay had penalty saved). Centreback pairing Duffy and Dunk have impressed at the back for the hosts, but United are in much better attacking form than Leicester and may have the mental fortitude, which Arsenal didn’t, to win here.

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