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Confirmed Starting XI: Martial, James, Pereira and Rashford lead the line against Brighton; Williams starts, Greenwood benched

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Manchester United will face Brighton And Hove Albion at Old Trafford this afternoon. The match will not be shown live on television in the United Kingdom. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed to get his team back to winning ways once against after losing to Bournemouth last weekend, beating Partizan Belgrade 3-0 in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

This season has not been the best for Solskjaer or United but the fans that matter are supporting the manager and the club when it matters. Those who just want to moan, will be left to do just that. Many ‘fans’ on social media demand Solskjaer is sacked, when in actual fact, the club seem to be sticking with him at this moment in time. That could change though.

United have a squad capable of improving, especially this season with some investment no made in key areas in the summer with some talented youth coming through the ranks, who have all made some impact in the team this season but could be doing more to see themselves in the squad regularly. Those in development will come through.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams;

McTominay, Fred;

James, Pereira, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Jones, Rojo; Mata, Lingard, Garner; Greenwood

Brighton and Hove Albion:

Ryan;

Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn;

Trossard, Propper, Stephens, Alzate;

Maupay, Connolly

Substitutes:

Button, Gross, Balogun, Murray, Mooy, March, Schelotto

United and Brighton and Hove Albion have played 21 times in the history of both clubs. United has won 13 times, drawing five times and losing just three times. Since Brighton won promotion into the Premier League, they have played five matches, one being in the FA Cup. United won three of these matches, losing twice (both in the league). The last defeat to Brighton came last season, losing 3-2 at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton took the lead through Glenn Murray in the 25th minute, doubling the lead through Shane Duffy two minutes later. United got a goal back through Romelu Lukaku in the 34th minute but Brighton scored a third, a penalty, in the 44th minute through Pascal Gross. Paul Pogba scored a penalty in the 90th minute as United lost. United have won at Old Trafford three times, winning 2-1 in the last game, in January.

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