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Ratings: Rashford and Greenwood save the day for United after Welbeck opener; Greenwood the stand out player

Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford. Former United forward Danny Welbeck opened the scoring for the away side in the 13th minute of the match after Dean Henderson initially made the save, then the ball flew up towards the head of Welbeck, only for him to open the scoring. United managed to get an equaliser in the 52nd minute of the match after Marcus Rashford scored the ball played by Bruno Fernandes. In the 83rd minute of the match, Mason Greenwood who had hard luck at least twice, managed to head the ball, initially played in by Paul Pogba, into the back of the net to win the game.

United started well against Brighton and were immediately on the attack, seeking to open the scoring early in the game. Mason Greenwood had the best chance of the opening stages, hitting the post in the ninth minute of the match, which was a shame. Brighton took the lead in the 13th minute of the match through former United player Danny Welbeck. Paul Pogba gave the ball away after a poor pass for Fred. Neal Maupay was released on the right by Pascal Gross having a lot of time to cross into Welbeck, who headed towards goal but Den Henderson made a brilliant initial save to deny Welbeck but the ball lifted up and Welbeck headed past him.

United struggled to get back into the game after Welbeck’s goal. They were getting forward but were not creating anything with Brighton have seven to eight players back in the box, defending like the Championship club that they are. It seems pathetic to play park the bus football but these little clubs seem to do it against United all the time, seemingly thinking that beating United is the best thing to get from a season. This is why the club is struggling to get away from the relegation zone this season. There are many clubs that could end up going down this season but the bottom two clubs seem the most likely at this time.

Towards the end of the half, United were seemingly under the cosh with Brighton rushing forward and seeking a second goal, which is brave of them after spending much of the time in the first half in their own half. But still, United were behind and they would need to change things up in the second half to get the victory they needed to be getting, taking advantage of the teams around them who dropped points this weekend. United never seem to take the advantages that they have ben given, always seem to give them away and keep plodding on towards the end of the season. This also needs to change. The hairdryer should have been out at half time.

There were no changes for either side at the start of the second half. United were spending time trying to get level again, advancing but unable to do anything with the ball. United needed to find a better way to take one Brighton. In the 62nd minute, United got level through Marcus Rashford, who scored his 19th goal of the season. Bruno Fernandes provided the assist, waiting to lay the ball to Rashford, at the right time as he beat the Brighton goalkeeper aiming for the far post. United were level in the game, the advantage was with them now and they needed to get the winner, sending Brighton back home worrying about relegation again.

Solskjaer made his first substitute in the 72nd with Daniel James coming on to replace the goalscorer, Rashford. Just a few minutes later, on the attack, United nearly put themselves ahead for the first time of the match through Greenwood, who missed hist shot and the follow up, which was a shame. It would have been the perfect time for United to go ahead, giving Brighton more to worry about than be happy about. Solskjaer took Edinson Cavani off in the 82nd minute of the match after a largely ineffective performance sending Donny van de Beek on to try and help United get a winner in this match, which needs to be on the cards.

Got got their second goal in the 83rd minute through Greenwood, who has been gunning for a goal in this match. Fernandes was freed up after a lovely ball played in by Luke Shaw. He tee’d up the ball for Pogba for a volley at the back post. The Frenchman did not make good contact with the ball but it fell into the path of Greenwood, who had been working on his headers in training, only to head the ball into the back of the net from close-range, with a better finish than Welbeck earlier in the match. It was Greenwood’s sixth goal of the season, his second in the Premier League.

It was a good enough win for United, despite seeing many players out of pace in the squad, which is worrying, but nothing is ever great after an international break as the majority of the players will have only been training at the club since Friday, so will be off the pace. United will need to get up to speed to face Granada in the UEFA Europa League ons Thursday evening, which should be a good match and another win for United, putting their foot in the door for a potential semi-final place in the competition for the second season running. Solskjaer will be please with the performance of his players in this match and Brighton will be thinking about the result.

After Thursday’s quarter-final first leg in the Europa League, United will travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League next Sunday with the match kicking off at the better time of 16:30 BST, which is much better than. Sunday evening kick off, which United have been subjected more than any other side in the past six weeks or so. United position in the top four has been strengthened slightly with United four points clear of third-placed Leicester City and nine points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, who could be fifth on Monday evening if West Ham United beat Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester United

26 Dean Henderson

Initially made a good save to deny Welbeck from scoring but the ball lifted up and Welbeck headed past him one his second chance. It was a shame to concede so early in the match. He managed to do what was needed of him during the rest of the match with United getting the win in the end.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

He was caught out by Welbeck too with Brighton targeting the right to send the ball in. Needs to do better. Again, another reason why he needs competition in this team.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Caught napping by Welbeck for the opening goal of the match. Needs to keep his attention up to 100% in matches. This is why United are still looking for another defender this summer.

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5 Harry Maguire

Defended well and played a part by blocking a shot before the first goal was scored. Seemed to get away with a challenge, which will put a damper on things with the ABU's but it is one of those things. Would have wanted a clean sheet though.

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23 Luke Shaw

Seemed to be shouted at in the first half - perhaps Southgate's poor management style distracted him? Played his part in United's winner so his performance turned into a positive one.

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17 Fred

His work rate was good but sometimes players need to offer more than that. He improved in the second half, but based on his performance in the first, it was only natural to improve.

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6 Paul Pogba

Gave the ball away which led to Brighton's goal in the 13th minute. It got better for him, apart from the poor distribution. He ended up with an assist, albeit unwittingly, for Greenwood's winner.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Had a chance to open the scoring in the first few minute of the match, hitting the post. It was a positive game for him though, especially as he nearly put United ahead in the 77th minute. Finally god his goal in the 83rd minute to put United ahead and win the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Seemed out of puff at times. Perhaps a rest is due but United do not have the stability of being able to bring in another player who does what he does. Got another assist this season which takes him to 14 now.

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10 Marcus Rashford

It was good to see him back looking mostly fit, as was not the case before the International break. He played well as United looked to break Brighton down. It took 62 minutes to get a goal though, 49 minutes of play after Welbeck's goal. He was replaced by James in the 72nd minute of the match.

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7 Edinson Cavani

Poor impact in the game. Poor overall. Not sure what is going on. With Martial potential out for the remainder of the season, he needs to have an impact. I'd rather see a youth player thrown in at the deepens than this.

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Substitutes

21 Daniel James

Replaced Rashford 72'. Perhaps the better of all three subs. Tired Brighton out with his running. Did what he came on to do. He was a good signing for United, evening if Football Twitter don't think so.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Replaced Cavani 82'. Had little time on the pitch to make an impact. Good to see him get some time though. He needs to play more.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Pogba 84'. Came on late in the game with United aiming to protect their lead to get all three points.

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 62′, Mason Greenwood 83′; Danny Welbeck 13′

Assists: Bruno Fernandes 62′, Paul Pogba 83′

Manchester United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba (McTominay 84′); Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford (James 72′); Cavani (Van de Beek 82′)

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Williams, Tuanzebe; Diallo, Matic

Bookings: Edinson Cavani 65′; Pascal Gross 42′, Ben White 66′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Cavani, Greenwood, Fernandes and Rashford tasked to sweep aside Brighton; De Gea, Diallo and Van de Beek on the bench

Manchester United return to Premier League action as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Old Trafford this evening. Just before the international break, United exited the Emirates FA Cup at the quarter-final stage, losing 3-1 to Leicester City. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be seeking to get back on track in the league, cementing their second-placed position this season which is a must. They will also compete in the UEFA Europa League this week, facing Spanish side Granada in Spain in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition. United will know that beating Brighton is a must this weekend to continue to build positively.

Brighton manager Graham Potter will also be seeking to continue his clubs winning run of the last two matches, after three defeats and a draw in their last six matches. Brighton are six points clear of the relegation zone, having a game in hand over Fulham, who are the team with the best chance of evading relegation this season. United sit in second-place, a point clear of Leicester City, who were beaten by Manchester City, who are now 17 points clear of United. United have a six-point cushion over fourth-placed Chelsea and an eight-point cushion over fifth placed West Ham United.

Manchester United:

Henderson;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Fred, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Cavani

Substitutes:

De Gea; Williams, Tuanzebe; Diallo, James, Matic, McTominay, Van de Beek

Brighton and Hove Albion:

Sanchez;

White, Dunk, Veltman;

Gross, Lallana, Bissouma, Moder;

Trossard;

Maupay, Welbeck

Substitutes:

Steele; Karbownik; Mac Allister, Alzate, Propper, Caicedo; Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Zeqri

United and Brighton have met seven times in the history of the Premier League. United have won five times, there have been no draws between the two clubs but Brighton have won twice. United have scored 14 goals against Brighton, conceding eight in all of the matches played. United have won three penalties, scoring all of them with Brighton winning two penalties, scoring both of them. United have kept just two clean sheets against Brighton, who have kept just one against United. United players have been booked seven times against Brighton with no red cards. Brighton players have been booked 14 times against United with no red cards.

At the start of the current season, United played Brighton twice at the Amex Stadium winning 3-0 in the Carabao Cup and winning 3-2 in the Premier League. Looking at the league fixture, Lewis Dunk’s own goal in the 43rd minute levelled the score after Neal Maupay opened the scoring three minutes prior. Marcus Rashford put United ahead in the 55th minute with Solly March levelling the score five minutes into added time. It looked like it was going to be a draw but VAR gave a penalty after the whistle had been blown with Bruno Fernandes earning a victory for United. In this fixture last season, it was a 3-1 victory for United.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Cavani, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood tasked with kicking Brighton into touch; Diallo on the bench?

Manchester United return to Premier League action as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Old Trafford on Sunday evening. Just before the international break, United exited the Emirates FA Cup at the quarter-final stage, losing 3-1 to Leicester City. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be seeking to get back on track in the league, cementing their second-placed position this season which is a must. They will also compete in the UEFA Europa League this week, facing Spanish side Granada in Spain in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition. United will know that beating Brighton is a must this weekend to continue to build positively.

Brighton manager Graham Potter will also be seeking to continue his clubs winning run of the last two matches, after three defeats and a draw in their last six matches. Brighton are six points clear of the relegation zone, having a game in hand over Fulham, who are the team with the best chance of evading relegation this season. United sit in second-place, a point clear of Leicester City, who face Manchester City, who are 14 points clear of United, on an evening kick off on Saturday. United have a six-point cushion over fourth-placed Chelsea and an eight-point cushion over fifth placed West Ham United.

How United have faired against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

United and Brighton have met seven times in the history of the Premier League. United have won five times, there have been no draws between the two clubs but Brighton have won twice. United have scored 14 goals against Brighton, conceding eight in all of the matches played. United have won three penalties, scoring all of them with Brighton winning two penalties, scoring both of them. United have kept just two clean sheets against Brighton, who have kept just one against United. United players have been booked seven times against Brighton with no red cards. Brighton players have been booked 14 times against United with no red cards.

At the start of the current season, United played Brighton twice at the Amex Stadium winning 3-0 in the Carabao Cup and winning 3-2 in the Premier League. Looking at the league fixture, Lewis Dunk’s own goal in the 43rd minute levelled the score after Neal Maupay opened the scoring three minutes prior. Marcus Rashford put United ahead in the 55th minute with Solly March levelling the score five minutes into added time. It looked like it was going to be a draw but VAR gave a penalty after the whistle had been blown with Bruno Fernandes earning a victory for United. In this fixture last season, it was a 3-1 victory for United.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday evening…

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about both David De Gea and Dean Henderson in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion. He suggested that the goalkeeper chosen in the starting XI for this match would be on merit. For me, that has to be Henderson at this moment in time. He has done well in the time De Gea has been out of the team following the birth of his daughter. Henderson played against Brighton twice in the Premier League last season, keeping a clean sheet in the first match, conceding a goal in the 1-1 draw in the second match. Earlier this season, he kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 Carabao Cup victory too.

Based on that, Henderson should continue for United, following his performances in the last six matches, in which United won three times, drew twice and lost once, scoring six goals, conceding four and keeping four clean sheets, which is a good achievement at that time. Henderson is a vocal goalkeeper and his distribution is largely positive which gives United a good strong defensive position, which is what is needed to get good results this season. United have nine Premier League matches to define their season, which could have been a challenge for the league title but will have to be a race to second place in the league.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United’s defence clearly needs some improvement in the summer with Solskjaer’s side linked to many different players so far and will no doubt be linked to more between now and the end of the season. United though should know who their targets will be at this time and should be making an effort to secure them ahead of the summer transfer window. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw have continued to be stalwarts in this team with Shaw the standout player in the fullback positions, being named as the Player of the Month for March, which is an achievement for hims after his start at the club which saw many injuries and losses of form.

Victor Lindelof is likely be absent for this match after pulling out of Sweden;s World Cup qualifier last week with a recurrence of is lower back injury so in this scenario, Eric Bailly will be drafted back into the starting XI to partner Harry Maguire, who had a good international break, scoring for England to beat Poland in the last match of the break. United will need to be wary of Brighton as they have got two good results against them in the Premier League and ideally, United will need to win this match in order to continue their drive to finish as the runners-up in the Premier League this season with Manchester City running away with the league title.

Midfield: Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay

Despite the fact speculation seems to link hims with a move away from United, Paul Pogba should start against Brighton in the centre of midfield. Some suggest that having three midfielders in the squad so he can play his preferred position is best, but for United that does not seem to work. If Pogba was really serious about succeeding at United, he would understand that. On paper though, he’s one of the best midfielders at the club and will be a loss if he does leave, which should be sooner rather than later so United can move on. Pogba has the ability to change matches on his day, which was not the case against Leicester before the internationals.

Partnering Pogba should be Scott McTominay who can play a defensive role in the midfield, as he did under Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer at times. Granted, it may not be the best for the midfield but at this time it will have to do. I don’t feel that Fred is in the right form to be starting at this time, despite putting in a good work rate when he does play. Perhaps him coming off the bench might help United to get the result they desire. Both Pogba and McTominay have scored goals this season, the Frenchman on five goals with the Scotland international scoring seven times so far this season, which is his best season for scoring goals in his career.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford

The area of the 4-2-3-1 formation accounts for the majority of the goals scored this season. Bruno Fernandes has 23 goals and 14 assists, next is Marcus Rashford who has 18 goals and 11 assists then there is Mason Greenwood who has five goals and five assists, which equals 46 goals and 30 assists so far across the season, which is a positive rate of goals and assists for the club. Obviously, seeing more goals come from across the squad is a good thing but Fernandes and Rashford have been leading since early on ins the season and they have to be relied upon to get the majority of the goals.

Starting all three of them against Brighton is needed as United ideally need the win to continue to pull away from Leicester City, who are currently in third place in the Premier League but will face league leaders Manchester City later today. If Leicester lose, United could go four points clear of them with a victory over Brighton, which cold be the start of United pulling away from the third-placed team in the league. Fernandes, Rashford and Greenwood will need to be at the top of their game to get a result this weekend as Brighton will be seeking to continue their winning run, winning their last two matches after losing three in a row.

Forwards: Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani had not played for United since the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on the 3 March before coming off the bench in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup before the international break. He will be itching to start for United with the injury to Anthony Martial, who has been in terrible form this season having only scored seven times for the club, a figure matched by Scott McTominay and Cavani himself. The Uruguayan has the skills and determination to play the leading role for the club, finding the space to open up the defence for himself of a team mate, plus the added ability to score a stunning header.

Cavani will be a great starter for United as he is perhaps the best striker at the club this season but his future at the club seems to be up in the air despite a one year contract including a clash for a second year at the club not yet being agreed and time running out before the player will start to sort out his future. This could lead to United having to make a move in the transfer market for another striker this summer, which should be a younger player to build the squad around but also perhaps a player like Cavani, who could help them learn form the best in the game and grow at the club over a number of seasons. A striker that scores regularly is needed.

Substitutes: David De Gea; Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe; Fred, Amad Diallo, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek

Solskjaer can name nine players on the bench in the Premier League, using three of them during the duration of the match. He has not made all that many changes in the past month, needing to make four substitutions against Leicester with the squad failing to change the game and exiting the FA Cup this season. In goal, David De Gea should be on the bench, should he be required. Maybe Solskjaer will bring the Spaniard back into the squad and bench Henderson, who knows? In defence, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe will all be available with the expected absence of Victor Lindelof due to injury, but maybe he will be fit enough?

With Anthony Martial likely to be missing the match due to a knee injury sustained during the international break for France, there is unlikely to be an out and out attacking player on the bench against Brighton but United will have many midfielders to choose from, who could play a part – should they be needed. Fred, Amad Diallo, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek could all be available on the bench, giving Solskjaer options should he need to change the formation at any stage of the match. It seems unlikely that he will make changes early in the match, so these players may not bet enough time to inspire.

Written by John Walker

Preview: United to have their big guns on display to keep Brighton in a precarious position this season?

Manchester United -v- Brighton and Hove Albion

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday 4 April 2021, KO 19:30 BST

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan

Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh

VAR: Peter Bankes Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

Manchester United return to Premier League action as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Old Trafford on Sunday evening. Just before the international break, United exited the Emirates FA Cup at the quarter-final stage, losing 3-1 to Leicester City. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be seeking to get back on track in the league, cementing their second-placed position this season which is a must. They will also compete in the UEFA Europa League this week, facing Spanish side Granada in Spain in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition. United will know that beating Brighton is a must this weekend to continue to build positively.

Brighton manager Graham Potter will also be seeking to continue his clubs winning run of the last two matches, after three defeats and a draw in their last six matches. Brighton are six points clear of the relegation zone, having a game in hand over Fulham, who are the team with the best chance of evading relegation this season. United sit in second-place, a point clear of Leicester City, who face Manchester City, who are 14 points clear of United, on an evening kick off on Saturday. United have a six-point cushion over fourth-placed Chelsea and an eight-point cushion over fifth placed West Ham United.

Manchester United: LWWDWD

Leicester City 3-1 L, AC Milan 1-0 W, West Ham United 1-0 W, AC Milan 1-1 D, Manchester City 2-0 W, Crystal Palace 0-0 D

Brighton and Hove Albion: WWLLLD

Newcastle United 3-0 W, Southampton 2-1 W, Leicester City 2-1 L, West Bromwich Albion 1-0 L, Crystal Palace 2-1 L, Aston Villa 0-0 D

Top Scorers: Bruno Fernandes has 23 goals to his name this season with Brighton scoring a total of 42 goals, which shows the differences between them and United.

Manchester United Goals: 23 – Bruno Fernandes, 18 – Marcus Rashford, 7 – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, 5 – Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Paul Pogba, 3 – Own Goal, 2 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 1 – Amad Diallo, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Donny van de Beek

In their last six matches, United were beaten for the first time since Sheffield United beat them back in December 2020. United exited the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup after a 3-1 defeat by Leicester City. Before that, United were undefeated in quite a few matches. In the last six matches, United have won three, drawn two and lost one, scoring six goals and conceding for – keeping four clean sheets. At this time though, United were missing a few first team players due to injury, which seems to be changing now as United head into another important month, the penultimate month of the season.

Brighton and Hove Albion Goals: 8 – Neal Maupay, 4 – Lewis Dunk, Leandro Trossard, 3 – Alexis Mac Allister, Solly March, Danny Welbeck, 2 – Steven Alzate, Yves Bissouma, Aaron Connolly, Pascal Groß, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, 1 – Bernardo, Viktor Gyökeres, Adam Lallana, Tariq Lamptey, Joël Veltman

Brighton are in a pretty precarious position at this stage of the season. They need to start pulling away from the relegation zone as they have six-point cushion at this time with Fulham the only team likely to evade relegation this season with Newcastle United in their sights. The South Coast club have won their last two matches in their last season, drawing once and losing three times in a row. Brighton have scored seven goals, conceded six and kept two clean sheets. A victory over United will be a good result for them and it is something they are capable of, having beaten United twice in Premier League history in the seven matches played.

Team News: Edinson Cavani should be fit to face Brighton after a period of time on the sidelines through injury – Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof likely to miss this match through injury.

Phil Jones (knee) is the only player to be ruled out of the clash with Brighton due to injury. Mason Greenwood (other) and Marcus Rashford (ankle/foot) both have a 75% chance of being available to face Brighton and will be subject to late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s clash. Victor Lindelof (lower back) has a 50% chance of facing Brighton with Juan Mata (other) and Anthony Martial (knee) both having 25% chances of facing the South Coast club. United will be boosted with Edinson Cavani’s availability after missing many matches in the past six weeks or so, which should see him itching to start this weekend.

Tariq Lamptey (thigh), Solomon March (knee) and Florin Andone (knee) have all been ruled out of the visit to Old Trafford due to injury. Adam Webster (ankle/foot) has a 25% chance of being fit to face United and Aaron Connolly (ankle/foot) has a 75% chance of being available and will be subject to a late fitness test before Sunday’s match. It could be worse for Brighton and they will be confident of taking one United, who were disappointed in their last match as they lost to Leicester City in the FA Cup. Brighton need to start pulling away from the relegation area in the league and a win over United will be a positive for that to happen.

Predicted Starting XI: Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood to form the attack against Brighton and Hove Albion?

Solskjaer will have the majority of his squad available for the visit of Brighton to the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday. Edinson Cavani, after a number of weeks on the sidelines through injury should be fit to face the South Coast club. Marcus Rashford, who missed the international break after meeting up with his England teammates at the start of the break, could be in contention to start, which is the same for Mason Greenwood. Bruno Fernandes missed a Portugal match due to suspension, returning to Manchester early to gain momentum for the Premier League return. Victor Lindelof could be out of this match though, which is a shame.

Match Prediction: United have won five of the seven matches played between them and Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. There have never been any draws in the Premier League between the two clubs.

United and Brighton have met seven times in the history of the Premier League. United have won five times, there have been no draws between the two clubs but Brighton have won twice. United have scored 14 goals against Brighton, conceding eight in all of the matches played. United have won three penalties, scoring all of them with Brighton winning two penalties, scoring both of them. United have kept just two clean sheets against Brighton, who have kept just one against United. United players have been booked seven times against Brighton with no red cards. Brighton players have been booked 14 times against United with no red cards.

At the start of the current season, United played Brighton twice at the Amex Stadium winning 3-0 in the Carabao Cup and winning 3-2 in the Premier League. Looking at the league fixture, Lewis Dunk’s own goal in the 43rd minute levelled the score after Neal Maupay opened the scoring three minutes prior. Marcus Rashford put United ahead in the 55th minute with Solly March levelling the score five minutes into added time. It looked like it was going to be a draw but VAR gave a penalty after the whistle had been blown with Bruno Fernandes earning a victory for United. In this fixture last season, it was a 3-1 victory for United.

Manchester United 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Written by John Walker

Player Ratings: United beat Brighton 3-0; Mata MOTM, Pogba took free-kick well, Henderson’s fine performance

Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening. Scott McTominay opened the scoring at the end of the first half with Juan Mata doubling United’s lead in the 73rd minute of the match before Paul Pogba scored from a free-kick in the 80th minute of the match. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the victory which sees United into the quarter-final draw which will happen after the Liverpool v Arsenal match on Thursday evening, which is the day United also find out their fate in the UEFA Champions League this season.

It was a similar match against Brighton as the match against Luton Town last week. There was not a lot going on in the first half, then at the end of the half, United manage to open the scoring. United won a free0kick with Juan Mata taking it with his left foot. Scott McTominay was there unmarked to head the ball across goal and into the back of the net scoring his first goal for the club since that long-range goal against Manchester City at Old Trafford before the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite being 1-0 up in the game, United were not getting the better of this Brighton side in a game that was a polar opposite to the match at the same stadium at the weekend. Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 69th minute with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba replacing Odion Ighalo and Daniel James. United doubled their lead through Mata in the 73rd minute with an assist by Donny van de Beek with Mata starting the move, playing the ball to Brandon Williams with Van de Beek getting the flick to fins Mata for his to score United’s second of the game.

United tripled their lead in the 80th minute after Joel Veltman became the second player of the match to be booked after taking Rashford out giving United a free-kick, Pogba took the set-piece which took a heavy deflection from the Brighton wall then in off the post to put United 3-0 up in the game, which seemed to be game over for Brighton. It was a polar opposite of Saturday’s match which saw United score three goals, one after the full time whistle was blown. It would seem United had done enough to get into the draw for the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Manchester United

26 Dean Henderson

Solid display from the 23-year-old making his second appearance for the club. His save to deny Trossard will be something he will be happy with.

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Diogo Dalot

Made some forward bursts during the match but it was not a performance to suggest he should be playing ahead of Wan-Bissaka.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Booked in the second half. It was an easier match for United than the match on Saturday but he still looked flustered.

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3 Eric Bailly

A great displayed from Bailly who should have put himself into contention to replace Lindelof against Spurs on Sunday.

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33 Brandon Williams

It was a good game for Williams. He may have cut inside too often but I am sure he will have learned from that.

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39 Scott McTominay

Had a good game for United and got himself a goal which was assisted by Mata, who also got one for himself. It was good to see him back to the ability we all know he has.

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17 Fred

Kept the midfield ticking over but in terms of what he offered, he should be putting a bit more so he can get back in contention to take the place of Matic, or Pogba in the midfield regularly. Replaced by Lingard in the 81st minute of the match.

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8 Juan Mata

Man of the Match for me. Most creative player for United with a goal and an assist. His pace is not quick but his mind is.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Made some nice touches of the ball throughout the match and linked in well for United. maybe it is time to get excited about what he could offer the club going forward. Got an assist for Mata's goal.

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21 Daniel James

Struggled. Seems to be out of sorts and a great distance away from the form he started in at the club. Rightly replaced by Pogba in the 69th minute of the match.

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25 Odion Ighalo

Missed a good chance to get United going. The Nigerian does not seem to be performing well for United, which is alarming with the transfer window about to close and United not reinforcing their attack in any way, shape of form.

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Substitutes

10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Ighalo 69'. Made some excellent runs into the box and won the free-kick which Pogba scored the third goal of the game.

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6 Paul Pogba

Replaced James 69'. Scored a great free-kick in the 80th minute of the match to put United 3-0 up in the game and into the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

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14 Jesse Lingard

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Goals: Scott McTominay 44′, Juan Mata 73′, Paul Pogba 80′

Assists: Juan Mata 44′, Donny van de Beek 73′

Manchester United: Henderson; Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Williams; McTominay, Fred (Lingard 81′); Mata, Van de Beek, James (Pogba 69′); Ighalo (Rashford 69′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Fosu-Mensah, Mengi; Greenwood

Bookings: Dan Burn 43′, Joel Veltman 79′; Victor Lindelof 86′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Ighalo, Mata, Van de Beek, James and Dalot start against Brighton in the Carabao Cup

Manchester United will return to the scene of controversy this evening as they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the American Express Community Stadium four days after their last visit to the stadium in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won their first three points of the new season in the fixture in a game which awarded two penalties; one after the full time whistle. United will be pleased with their latest victory over Brighton, winning their last four encounters against the South Coast club. United will be happy with their return to winning ways after the victory over Luton Town also.

Solskjaer will be seeking to get the better of Graham Potter’s Brighton side for the second time in four days and earning a quarter-final place in the domestic competition, which will not be played until late December, meaning the Festive period will be a busy one for United. The Norwegian will be seeking to win his first trophy for the club and came close last season, reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League last season. This season, United were expected to be much better but a last of pre-season has left the squad out of sorts and seeking to regain the pace which was lost at the end of last season.

This week could be a busy one for United with the summer transfer window closing next Monday (5 October), meaning United will have a short amount of time to get deals done. There are some areas that Solskjaer would like to strengthen this summer and some players that the club would like to offload. Chris Smalling is still linked in both AS Roma and Inter Milan in Italy and it has emerged that Andreas Pereira is subject to some interest from Lazio. The likes of Marcus Rojo and Phil Jones could also mean the club sees a flurry of activity. There is a domestic window that closes on the 16 October but Premier League clubs will not be able to sell to each other.

Manchester United:

Henderson;

Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Williams;

McTominay, Fred;

Mata, Van de Beek, James;

Ighalo

Substitutes:

Grant; Fosu-Mensah, Mengi; Pogba, Lingard; Rashford, Greenwood

Brighton and Hove Albion:

Steele;

Burn, Dunk, White;

Veltman, Molumby, Gross, Bernardo;

Jahanbakhsh, Mac Allister;

Gyokeres

Substitutes:

Sanchez; Roberts; Sanders, Cochrane, Jenks; Maupay, Trossard

United and Brighton have met twice in the League Cup in the history of the competition; a 1-1 draw on the 23 September 1992 with Danny Wallace scoring United’s goal and a 1-0 victory in the second leg with Mark Hughes scoring the winning goal. In the FA Cup, United and Brighton have met seven times with United winning winning five and drawing twice (both led to replays with United winning). It basically shows that United have not lost to Brighton in a cup match with nine matches played, six won and three drawn. It is a good record for United to keep alive this week as United look to reach the quarter-finals of the competition this season.

United and Brighton met at the American Express Community Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was a 3-2 victory for United and there was some controversy. Neal Maupay opened the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot with United equalising minutes later through a Lewis Dunk own goal. United then took the lead through Marcus Rashford only for Solly March to equalise in added time. Harry Maguire headed into the top-left corner and cleared off the line by March. However, Maupay was judged to hand handled the ball, after the final whistle with a penalty being awarded and scored by Bruno Fernandes.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Van de Beek to add more edge to United’s midfield against Brighton in the Carabao Cup?

Manchester United will return to the scene of controversy on Wednesday evening as they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the American Express Community Stadium four days after their last visit to the stadium in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won their first three points of the new season in the fixture in a game which awarded two penalties; one after the full time whistle. United will be pleased with their latest victory over Brighton, winning their last four encounters against the South Coast club. United will be happy with their return to winning ways after the victory over Luton Town also.

Solskjaer will be seeking to get the better of Graham Potter’s Brighton side for the second time in four days and earning a quarter-final place in the domestic competition, which will not be played until late December, meaning the Festive period will be a busy one for United. The Norwegian will be seeking to win his first trophy for the club and came close last season, reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League last season. This season, United were expected to be much better but a last of pre-season has left the squad out of sorts and seeking to regain the pace which was lost at the end of last season.

This week could be a busy one for United with the summer transfer window closing next Monday (5 October), meaning United will have a short amount of time to get deals done. There are some areas that Solskjaer would like to strengthen this summer and some players that the club would like to offload. Chris Smalling is still linked in both AS Roma and Inter Milan in Italy and it has emerged that Andreas Pereira is subject to some interest from Lazio. The likes of Marcus Rojo and Phil Jones could also mean the club sees a flurry of activity. There is a domestic window that closes on the 16 October but Premier League clubs will not be able to sell to each other.

How United have faired against Brighton and Hove Albion in the League Cup and the FA Cup, plus their last meeting.

United and Brighton have met twice in the League Cup in the history of the competition; a 1-1 draw on the 23 September 1992 with Danny Wallace scoring United’s goal and a 1-0 victory in the second leg with Mark Hughes scoring the winning goal. In the FA Cup, United and Brighton have met seven times with United winning winning five and drawing twice (both led to replays with United winning). It basically shows that United have not lost to Brighton in a cup match with nine matches played, six won and three drawn. It is a good record for United to keep alive this week as United look to reach the quarter-finals of the competition this season.

United and Brighton met at the American Express Community Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was a 3-2 victory for United and there was some controversy. Neal Maupay opened the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot with United equalising minutes later through a Lewis Dunk own goal. United then took the lead through Marcus Rashford only for Solly March to equalise in added time. Harry Maguire headed into the top-left corner and cleared off the line by March. However, Maupay was judged to hand handled the ball, after the final whistle with a penalty being awarded and scored by Bruno Fernandes.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Carabao Cup at the American Express Community Stadium on Wednesday evening…

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson

The 23-year-old made his Manchester United debut against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup last week and will be expected to start against Brighton on Wednesday evening, keeping David De Gea for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the Premier League. Last season, whilst at Sheffield United on loan, Henderson faced Brighton twice in the Premier League. At the American Express Community Stadium, the Blades won 1-0 with the match at Bramall Lane ending up a 1-1 draw with Neal Maupay’s goal being the one one conceded by the United goalkeeper – which looks good ready for this match considering the goals conceded on Saturday afternoon.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United’s defence it the area that needs the most improvement this season. It was expected that Solskjaer would sign a central defender this summer, but that looks unlikely as the days before the transfer window closes draw to a close. United’s transfer window has been poor to say the least with no real strengthening across the squad being done, so far at least. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw should be starting in the fullback positions with Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire starting centrally. Right now, United have just three fit and experienced central defenders in the team that seem to have a future at the club. Victor Lindelof should be benched for this match.

Midfield Two: Fred, Donny van de Beek

Nemanja Matic has recently returned after some match fitness problems and rightly needed a break after the rigours of the end of last season. He played on Saturday but will probably be needed to face Spurs on Sunday so probably should not feature for United against Brighton for the second time this week. Also, with Paul Pogba’s form as it is, which is poor, playing him means that United are effectively down to ten men, which is not fair. Donny van de Beek will do what Pogba used to do as he is eager to perform for United so playing him is a no brainer. Fred could feature in place of Matic, other than that, Scott McTominay could be an option instead.

Midfield Three: Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford

With Spurs on the horizon, many would like to see Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood rested but the early into the season, especially with a non existent pre-season, these players will require fitness to get them into the zone required to continue for the remainder of the season. Last season, this trio who play behind the striker were responsible for 51 goals and 24 assists, so they are important for United to get the better of their opposition. Agains Luton in the third round of the Carabao Cup, the introduction of this trio made it easier for United to get the result, scoring two goals in the ten minutes they played.

Forward: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has not yet got himself off the mark this season and will be seeking to do that as soon as possible. He has played against Crystal Palace and Brighton this season, missing the 3-0 victory over Luton in the third round of the Carabao Cup. It will be important for Martial to get to speed and get himself off the mark as it will be much needed for United to find more and more goals as the season grown on. It seems likely that United will not be signing any attacking reinforcement this season with Jadon Sancho linked the the club and too expensive so Solskjaer will have to make do with the players he has, which is not the greatest way of backing him.

Substitutes: Lee Grant; Teden Mengi, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Daniel James, Scott McTominay; Odion Ighalo

United will have just three substitutes domestically this season and this will increase to five in the UEFA Champions League. Solskjaer will probably rest David De Gea from this match, keeping him fresh for the weekend. In which case, Lee Grant will take his place on the bench in case he is needed. In defence, academy graduates Teden Mengi and Brandon Williams could be called up. In midfield, Juan Mata, Daniel James and Scott McTominay could play a part in the game, if needed. Mata scored the penalty against Luton last week and might start in this game, like he did then. Odion Ighalo will be the only attacking player on the bench. He has not scored since June.

Written by John Walker

Preview: United to play to their strengths against Brighton with Pogba dropped due to poor fitness and form

Brighton and Hove Albion -v- Manchester United

Carabao Cup

American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

Wednesday 30 September 2020, KO 19:45 BST

Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: Daniel Robathan, Derek Eaton

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Manchester United will return to the scene of controversy on Wednesday evening as they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at the American Express Community Stadium four days after their last visit to the stadium in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won their first three points of the new season in the fixture in a game which awarded two penalties; one after the full time whistle. United will be pleased with their latest victory over Brighton, winning their last four encounters against the South Coast club. United will be happy with their return to winning ways after the victory over Luton Town also.

Solskjaer will be seeking to get the better of Graham Potter’s Brighton side for the second time in four days and earning a quarter-final place in the domestic competition, which will not be played until late December, meaning the Festive period will be a busy one for United. The Norwegian will be seeking to win his first trophy for the club and came close last season, reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League last season. This season, United were expected to be much better but a last of pre-season has left the squad out of sorts and seeking to regain the pace which was lost at the end of last season.

This week could be a busy one for United with the summer transfer window closing next Monday (5 October), meaning United will have a short amount of time to get deals done. There are some areas that Solskjaer would like to strengthen this summer and some players that the club would like to offload. Chris Smalling is still linked in both AS Roma and Inter Milan in Italy and it has emerged that Andreas Pereira is subject to some interest from Lazio. The likes of Marcus Rojo and Phil Jones could also mean the club sees a flurry of activity. There is a domestic window that closes on the 16 October but Premier League clubs will not be able to sell to each other.

Manchester United: WWLLLW

Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 W, Luton Town 3-0 W, Crystal Palace 3-1 L, Aston Villa 1-0 L (F), Sevilla 2-1 L, FC Copenhagen 1-0 W

Brighton and Hove Albion: LWWWLD

Manchester United 3-2 L, Preston North End 2-0 W, Newcastle United 3-0 W, Portsmouth 4-0 W, Chelsea 3-1 L, West Bromwich Albion 0-0 D (F)

Top Scorers: United and Brighton have started the season by scoring many goals with Brighton ahead, having played more matches.

Manchester United Goals: 2 – Marcus Rashford, 1 – Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood, Own Goal

United started the 2020/21 season with a stutter and the last of a pre-season is showing with many players not hitting the ground running. That was visible against Crystal Palace in the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford. It was even plain to see against Luton Town last week with United going 1-0 up because of a penalty, which was scored by Juan Mata. In the final ten minutes of the match Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood finished the tie with two more goals, winning 3-0. Against Brighton, United seemed laboured with many problems. They got the victory but it was not easy at all and came with a bit of help from VAR and a fair amount of controversy.

Brighton and Hove Albion Goals: 3 – Neal Maupay, 2 – Alexis Mac Allister, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, 1 – Aaron Connolly, Bernardo, Solly March, Leandro Trossard, Viktor Gyökeres

Brighton have started well this season having played at least two pre-season matches before the start of the season. It may have been down to hard luck that they did not beat United in the Premier League on Saturday, but that was what stopped them from winning. It was a largely fair match. Potter’s side will be seeking to make the quarter-final stages of the Carabao Cup, to improve their chances of having a good season and maybe contending for a domestic cup, if everything goes to plan. Brighton seem to be fitter than United and this match could see many changes from Saturday’s match, which might make it another fair match with both setting out to win.

Team News: Three players out of action for United with Brighton having four. This will be an important match for both teams but will end up making December a much busier month.

Solskjaer will still be without Axel Tuanzebe (ankle/foot) but he seems to be on the mend and back in training with a mid-October return on the cards. Phil Jones (knee) has been out since the Premier League restart in the summer, sitting out the rest of the 2019/20 season and so far the start of the 2020/21 season, which might be a blessing with the player not really playing a big part at the club anymore. Sergio Romero is out of selection too with an expected exit from the Old Trafford club before the summer transfer window closes in a week’s time. United might seen more additions this week, but none that could mean they would be in contention for this match.

Brighton still have Yves Bissouma out of action through suspension because of his red card against Newcastle United, missing the Carabao Cup victory over Preston North End and the Premier League defeat to Manchester United, along with this match four days later in the Carabao Cup. Jose Izquierdo (knee), Florin Andone (knee), and Christian Walton (ankle/foot) have all seemingly been ruled out of this match which might cause strength in depth problems for the home side. Brighton will be confident with the way they played against United at the weekend, despite the loss which saw them come back from a losing position to equalise, before losing.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer to make few changes with Henderson, Bailly, Van de Beek and Fred returning to the starting XI against Brighton in the second match in four days?

It is expected that Solskjaer will make some changes ahead of this match, especially with the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford on the horizon in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. I would expect to see Dean Henderson in goal with Eric Bailly standing in for Victor Lindelof, who has been terrible most of the time this season. In midfield, Fred and Donny van de Beek should start ahead of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic with Bruno Fernandes in the advances position and Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial playing in the three forward positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation. It may not end up like that though.

Match Prediction: United have a great record against Brighton in domestic cup competitions with nine matches played and only three drawn – two of those led to replays with United winning.

United and Brighton have met twice in the League Cup in the history of the competition; a 1-1 draw on the 23 September 1992 with Danny Wallace scoring United’s goal and a 1-0 victory in the second leg with Mark Hughes scoring the winning goal. In the FA Cup, United and Brighton have met seven times with United winning winning five and drawing twice (both led to replays with United winning). It basically shows that United have not lost to Brighton in a cup match with nine matches played, six won and three drawn. It is a good record for United to keep alive this week as United look to reach the quarter-finals of the competition this season.

United and Brighton met at the American Express Community Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was a 3-2 victory for United and there was some controversy. Neal Maupay opened the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot with United equalising minutes later through a Lewis Dunk own goal. United then took the lead through Marcus Rashford only for Solly March to equalise in added time. Harry Maguire headed into the top-left corner and cleared off the line by March. However, Maupay was judged to hand handled the ball, after the final whistle with a penalty being awarded and scored by Bruno Fernandes.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Player Ratings: Fernandes penalty see United beat Brighton; Rashford scored a stunner after Dunk own goal

Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Brighton opened the scoring in the 40th minute from the penalty spot through Neal Maupay. United equalised with a Lewis Dunk own goal three minutes later. Marcus Rashford put United into the lead in the 55th minute but Solly March scored a late equaliser. That was not it though, a late penalty by Bruno Fernandes saw United victorious. Back to Brighton on Wednesday for the Carabao Cup.

Brighton started as the better team with United still trying to find their feet in the Premier League this season. Mason Greenwood opened the scoring in the 33rd minute of the match but the goal was disallowed for offside. Seven minutes later, Bruno Fernandes, who had already been booked, gave away a penalty which Neal Maupay scored with a Panenka after Adam Lallana played the ball to Tariq Lamptey, who was fouled by the Portuguese midfielder. David De Gea had no chance to save the penalty.

Before the end of the half, United drew level after winning a free-kick which Fernandes fired towards the back post with Nemanja Matic, who was booked minutes before, keeping the ball in and playing it towards Harry Maguire, who aimed to find the back of the net. The goal was given to Maguire initially but it was Lewis Dunk who scored an own goal, putting United level in the game. It was fortunate for United that they could get something before the end of the half as they had been terrible.

In the 47th minute of the match, Brighton were given another penalty by the referee as Aaron Connolly broke into the area with Paul Pogba making chase. The Brighton forward ran across Pogba, looked to be pulling his shirt then went down in the area. It was not a penalty for me and was quickly reversed by VAR with the referee looking at the challenge, which seemed to be initiated by Connolly. It is good to see VAR being used correctly this season, after the shambles that it was last season.

United took the lead in the 52nd minute of the match through Marcus Rashford with a clinical near-post finish but it was ruled out by VAR, being United’s second goal to be removed from the match and a Brighton penalty, making the start of the second half interesting. Three minutes later, Rashford produced some magic on the left, drove into the Brighton box, holding his nerve and superbly placing the ball into the top-right corner in a solo finish, putting United in the lead.

United seemed to be riding their luck towards the end of the match with Brighton seeking an equaliser or more. Solly March had hit the post already but equalised in the fifth minute of added time, which broke United’s spirit. However, United broke forward, won a corner with Fernandes taking it, Maguire jumping to meet the ball to head towards the far corner. March cleared off the line to defend the set-piece but Maupay seemed to handball in the box. The penalty was given by VAR with Fernandes winning the game for United. What a second half.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Unfortunate to concede a penalty, which was brilliantly taken by Maupay in the 40th minute of the match. Produced some fins saves in the second half, including one in added time. Conceded an equaliser five minutes into added time.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Played well against Brighton. Unfortunate to see United conceded twice, once from the spot and a late equaliser. Good to see him back in the team and raring to go this season.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Does not have much support in the clubs fanbase because of poor defending. He did alright against Brighton but should be doing much better.

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5 Harry Maguire

Helped get United back into the game, despite Dunk scoring an own goal in the 43rd minute. Tried to get a winner for United after March's late equaliser, heading towards the top-left corner but March headed off the line. Maupay's handball gave United a penalty.

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23 Luke Shaw

Did well at left-back despite Brighton getting forward for much of the first half. Defended well and helped get the club forward as much as he could. He needs some competition in the position though, which will be a different dimension for United.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Slow but assured. Kept the ball in play from a Fernandes free-kick in the 43rd minute of the match, playing the ball to Maguire with Dunk scoring an own goal. United need his maturity, experience and defensive assurances in this team Other players around him can make up for the fact he is slow.

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6 Paul Pogba

I don't think the player is up to the levels of fitness that he should be after his positive coronavirus test. Saying that, he should be pushing himself to reach that fitness level. For two matches now, Pogba has been terrible for United. He much do better of Van de Beek will take his place leaving him on the bench. He was replaced by Fred in the 65th minute of the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Put United ahead in the 33rd minute of the match with a great finish but it was chalked off by VAR, which was unfortunate. He played well in the match with Brighton as the better side for the first half and some of the second. He was replaced by Bailly in the 83rd minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Booked early in the game then gave away a penalty in the 40th minute of the match. It was starting to look like a disasterclass for the Portuguese midfielder. He got himself an assist for Rashford's goal in the 55th minute, which put United into the lead in this game. Scored the winner for United from the penalty spot ten minutes into added time.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Scored twice, one being ruled out by VAR. Three minutes later, he produced some magic, running up the left, getting into the box and firing into the top-right corner of the net with a solo goal. He has something to give this season, just needs to find his feet after poor form coming back from his back injury. Rashford is a talent and he will be back to his best soon.

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9 Anthony Martial

It was a quiet game for the Frenchman, who has seen Rashford score twice in his last two appearances. He played a part in United's attacking play, which was good to see. He will be seeking to break his duck this season as soon as he can.

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Substitutes

17 Fred

Replaced Pogba 65'. Brought on to add some stability in the midfield, defensively. Kept hold of the ball most of the time and added more than Pogba did.

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3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Greenwood 83'. Good influence coming off the bench late into the game. United should have been better defensively, but still conceded a late equaliser.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Replaced Martial 90+1. Came on late into the game. Perhaps played a good part un pushing United forward after conceding the equaliser. He will be happy that United won.

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Goals: Neal Maupay 40′ penalty, Solly March 90+5′; Lewis Dunk o/g 43′, Marcus Rashford 55′, Bruno Fernandes 90+10′

Assists: Alireza Jahanbakhsh 90+5′; Bruno Fernandes 55′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood (Bailly 83′), Fernandes, Rashford; Martial (Van de Beek 90+1′)

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Fosu-Mensah; Lingard, McTominay

Bookings: Leandro Trossard 42′, Ben White 74′, Lewis Dunk 83′; Bruno Fernandes 22′, Nemanja Matic 41′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United – Premier League – 26 September 2020

Manchester United face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League this afternoon at the American Express Community Stadium, of which they will visit again next week in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are seeking their first Premier League victory of the season, after losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace last weekend and missing their first match against Burnley, which was postponed from a fortnight ago due to participating in the UEFA Europa League last month.

Graham Potter’s Brighton will be seeking to find their second Premier League victory of the season after falling to a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on the opening weekend but beating Newcastle United 3-0 last weekend. Winning in both Carabao Cup matches against Portsmouth and Preston North End see the club set up a fourth round tie against United next week, which will be played in Brighton. United will be seeking to win both matches, to keep their season on track after their opening day dilemma.

Solskjaer is still seeking to bring in some fresh legs this summer, and get rid of some fringe players who have long since passes their time at the club but the frustrating ownership of the club added to the lack of any footballing knowledge by Ed Woodward and the sheer incompetence from Matt Judge, United look set to see this become their worst summer transfer window post-Sir Alex Ferguson. Solskjaer has a plan but needs to hierarchy of the club to back him in order to bring in players who have the quality the club needs to actually move forward for the first time in seven years.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Henderson; Bailly, Fosu-Mensah; Lingard, Fred, Van de Beek, McTominay

Brighton and Hove Albion:

Ryan;

White, Dunk, Webster;

Lamptey, Lallana, Alzate, March;

Trossard, Connolly, Maupay

Substitutes:

Steele, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo, Burn, Veltman, Molumby

United and Brighton have met six times in the Premier League. United have won four times, losing twice. In terms of goals scored, United have scored 11 with Brighton scoring six with United winning and scoring two penalties and Brighton winning and scoring one. United have been shown just five yellow cards with Brighton shown 10. Neither a United nor a Brighton player have been sent off when both teams have faced each other in the Premier League. United and Brighton will face each other again next week.

In this fixture last season, which was played on the 30 June, United beat Brighton 3-0 with Mason Greenwood scoring the opening goal and Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace with goals in the 29th and 50th minute of the match. In the fixture at Old Trafford, United won 3-1 with Andreas Pereira opening the scoring in the 17th minute, Scott McTominay doubling the lead two minutes later and Marcus Rashford scoring two minutes after Lewis Dunk scored a consolation goal in the 64th minute.

Written by John Walker

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