Manchester United -v- Brighton and Hove Albion
Old Trafford, Manchester
Sunday 10 November 2019, KO 14:00 GMT
Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: Marc Perry; Eddie Smart Fourth Official: Kevin Friend
VAR: Peter Bankes Assistant VAR: Neil Davies
Manchester United will face Brighton And Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday 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.
Form: Four wins, a draw and a loss for United in their last six matches with Brighton winning three and losing three.
Manchester United: WLWWWD
Partizan Belgrade 3-0 W, Bournemouth 1-0 L, Chelsea 2-1 W, Norwich City 3-1 W, Partizan Belgrade 1-0 W, Liverpool 1-1 D
Brighton and Hove Albion: WWLWLL
Norwich City 2-0 W, Everton 3-2 W, Aston Villa 2-1 L, Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 W, Chelsea 2-0 L, Aston Villa 3-1 L
Top Scorers: United have scored six more goals than Brighton this season but have played more matches. Brighton have four more goalscorer than United.
Manchester United: 21 goals scored by United this season with Marcus Rashford leading the way with eight goals in all competitions; four other players has scored goals for the club.
Goals: 8 – Marcus Rashford, 5 – Anthony Martial, 3 – Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, 2 – Scott McTominay
This season has been a massive wake up call for United. Recently, they managed to get themselves back into some kind of form, going four matches undefeated but losing to Bournemouth last weekend. Solskjaer’s side got back to winning ways against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday evening, scoring three goals – only for the third time this season.
Brighton and Hove Albion: 15 goals scored by Brighton this season with Neal Maupay the top scorer and eight more players scoring goals in the squad.
Goals: 4 – Neal Maupay, 3 – Aaron Connolly, 2 – Leandro Trossard, 1 – Florin Andone, Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross, Glenn Murray, Haydon Roberts, Adam Webster
Brighton have had a good season so far, sitting two places (eighth) and two points (15) ahead of United so far this season. In their last six matches, they have won three and lost three. United’s current form is a bit better, although they have been playing in the Europa League too, not just domestic competitions.
Team News: United will have a strong side available to face Brighton at the Theatre of Dreams before the final international break of 2019.
Solskjaer will be without Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot, Angel Gomes, Tim Fosu-Mensah, and Eric Bailly through injury. Ashley Young will be absent due to suspension. Victor Lindelof could return in time, although he has not trained this week. Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire should come though from their respective injuries received on Thursday evening.
Brighton manager, Graham Potter will be without Adam Webster, Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo Fernandes for the visit to Old Trafford in the Premier League this weekend. Potter may try to keep a similar XI to the teams which have beaten Norwich City and Everton in recent weeks, hoping that they can beat United at the Theatre of Dreams
Predicted Starting XI: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, and Mason Greenwood to lead the attack against Brighton at Old Trafford?
Solskjaer will more or less have the same players who were available to face Partizan Belgrade on Thursday evening. Ashley Young is suspended for the visit of Brighton, which means Brandon Williams, who was rested on Thursday evening, despite being on the bench, could start at left-back. I would expect Daniel James to be back in the team and Mason Greenwood to keep his place after scoring his third goal for the club.
Match Prediction: United have a much better record at Old Trafford against Brighton but they have been a bogey team for the Red Devils in recent history so United will need to be on the ball from the start.
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.
Manchester United 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion