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Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Pogba, Matic, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford and Martial to start against Brighton?

Manchester United travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday 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.

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

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.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea conceded three goals against Palace, which is something that United need to be averting in order to find their feet in the Premier League. The Spanish number one did save a penalty, but it was ordered to be retaken as he left his line and Wilfried Zaha scored it, then scoring again later in the match to carve a 3-1 victory. United were just not ready for that match as they had not long been preparing and only played one pre-season match which nine first team players missed. Dean Henderson played against Luton during the week, making his debut and playing well.

De Gea should be starting this match and Henderson could maybe play in the Carabao Cup, which will see United head back down to Brighton next week to face them in the fourth round of the League Cup. Henderson might earn his stripes playing in the cup competitions this season, maybe not the UEFA Champions League, which could see him make his Premier League debut for United in place of De Gea, in order to keep both goalkeepers fresh for the entire season. It is expected that Henderson will challenge De Gea for the number one shirt at the club but it night not happen easily for him.

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

United’s defence could do with some strengthening this summer but that will only happen if football men were running the club as right now, money is seen as the best thing and not spending it is better for the Glazers, who have started to ruin this football club because of their greed – but the less said about that now, the better. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw should start in the fullback positions as they are the best the club has to offer right now. If Shaw can go the season injury free, it will be much better. United could do with another left-back though, hence the interest in Alex Telles.

Centrally, United do not have much depth at this moment in time. Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are both injured and have been since the Premier League restart, Marcos Rojo seems to be out of favour at this moment in time and Chris Smalling is still being linked to AS Roma despite the transfer window coming to a close a week on Monday. That leaves Victor Lindelof, who was defensively poor against Palace, Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire as the experienced players in the squad with Teden Mengi coming through from the academy. In this match, Bailly and Maguire should start.

Midfield Two: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic should be starting against Brighton on Saturday but a few days rest might be too much for Matic, who was not ready for the start to the season because of a lack of match fitness. Matic is the best defensive minded midfielder at the club right now and knows what he needs to be doing in the team. Last season, his form was great and he earned himself a new contract at the Old Trafford club, which was well deserved. If Matic is not ready for this match, Donny van de Beek could start or even Scott McTominay who can do a job.

Pogba was poor against Crystal Palace last weekend and will need to find his form this season otherwise he could find himself on the bench as Van de Beek is great competition for him based on the fact he always wants to play and always wants to win. On paper, United’s midfield is probably the best it has ever been since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, which is something that United, as a club, are still trying to recover from. Pogba could be the player that makes this midfield competitive and ready to launch a challenge to win trophies this season.

Midfield Three: Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford

The 4-2-3-1 formation seems to be to go to formation for Solskjaer and one that he does not yet feel confident in changing. It is probably the best formation to utilise with this squad, until the hierarchy bring in some more quality, which does not seem to be happening yet. United have a good, young attacking squad with the likes of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes most often as the attacking four players on the pitch. Against Brighton, the trio of Greenwood, Fernandes and Rashford should be starting.

The trio came on in the 79th minute against Luton on Tuesday and within ten minutes, Rashford and Greenwood had scored with Fernandes and Greenwood getting the assists for the goals. United won 3-0 with a first half penalty by Juan Mata which was won by Brandon Williams who was fouled on the edge of the box. Fernandes was a great signing in January and it is hoped that he will continue to drive United forward and inspire the team to be creative and aim to win matches, which is what United needs this season seeing as the manager has not been backed by the club, again.

Forward: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman scored 23 goals and 12 assist last season but this season, in one appearance, Martial has not yet scored and did not have the best of appearances against Palace last weekend. The 24-year-old did not feature against Luton during the week and will be seeking to get up to speed after seeing both Rashford and Greenwood scored in the final few minutes of the match in the Carabao Cup. Martial is a good forward and showed his ability last season but consistently, he has a lot more to do to become one fo the great strikers to have played for the club.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Victor Lindelof, Teden Mengi; Juan Mata, Daniel James, Donny van de Beek; Odion Ighalo

Solskjaer will need to have the right quality of players on the bench to face Brighton on Saturday as it could well be a tough match for United as they seek their first Premier League win of the season. De Gea will start ahead of Dean Henderson in this game although the 23-year-old did well against Luton Town making his debut for the club and performing a few good saves, despite Luton not getting the better of United many times. Defensively, Victor Lindelof and Teden Mengi could be available on the bench should they be needed to reinforce the back line.

In midfield, which is an area that could be tired later in the match, Solskjaer could choose from Juan Mata, who scored the penalty against Luton, Daniel James, who started against Crystal Palace last weekend and was rested during the week and Donny van de Beek, who started against Luton in the Carabao Cup. United are not yet ready to field Pogba, Fernandes and Van de Beek in midfield as defensively, it could pose problems for an attacking team. In attack, United have just one option; Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian started well at United but of late, he has seemed laboured and lethargic.

Written by John Walker

Preview: United’s big guns to push for victory over Brighton earning their first three points of the season?

Brighton and Hove Albion -v- Manchester United

Premier League

American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

Saturday 26 September 2020, KO 12:30 BST

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis, Constantine Hatzidakis 

Fourth Official: Graham Scott

VAR: Simon Hooper Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Manchester United travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday 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: WLLLWW

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, Linzer ASK 2-1 W

Brighton and Hove Albion: WWWLDD

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), Chelsea 1-1 D (F)

Top Scorers: Rashford and Greenwood off the mark with Anthony Martial playing catch up after defeat to Palace last weekend; Jahanbakhsh, Maupay and Mac Allister on two goals each for Brighton.

Manchester United Goals: 1 – Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

United started the Premier League season with a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last week, which was a poor match for United and a team that looked well out of it in terms of match fitness. Against Luton Town, it did not look much better with Solskjaer making a number of changes from the team which were beaten by Palace. A penalty late in the first half gave United an advantage that they could not build upon until substitutions were made. When Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes were brought on, United were minutes away from scoring their second and third goals with all three players instrumental in scoring them.

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

Brighton have started the season well with Carabao Cup victories over Portsmouth (4-0) and Preston North End (2-0), also beating Newcastle United 3-0 in the Premier League. The opening fixture saw the South Coast club beaten 3-1 by Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, which was an unfortunate result. United’s poor Premier League start will see Brighton have more confidence against them but United could be nearing some kind of fitness based on the fact they had a month off after the UEFA Europa League before the new season started, only playing one pre-season friendly when Brighton played two fixtures before the season started.

Team News: Tuanzebe, Jones and Romero out of action for United with Brighton having between four and six players out of action for this Premier League fixture.

United will still have Axel Tuanzebe (ankle/foot), Phil Jones (knee) and Sergio Romero (not available for selection) – possible due to an impending transfer for the Argentinian who is linked to Valencia this summer. David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Daniel James and Anthony Martial were all rested for the 3-0 victory over Luton Town in the Carabao Cup with Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes all coming off the bench for the remaining ten minutes of the match. Solskjaer side will be stronger with added match fitness.

Brighton have four players definitely out of action with Jose Izquierdo (knee), Florin Andone (knee), and Christian Walton (ankle/foot) all injured with Yves Bissouma suspended due to a red card, meaning that he will miss this match against United and the one next week in the Carabao Cup, returning against Everton. Tariq Lamptey (groin/hip) has a 75% chance of featuring against United with Aaron Connolly (muscular tightness) seemingly recovering from his injury ahead of Saturday’s match, but he might still be a doubt for Potter’s side.

Predicted Starting XI: De Gea, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood and Martial to return against Brighton on Saturday afternoon?

I expect David De Gea to return to the starting XI for the Premier League clash with Brighton but Dean Henderson to return against the South Coast club in the Carabao Cup fixture next week. Eric Bailly should start alongside Harry Maguire in the centre of defence but Victor Lindelof will probably return and Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka should both play in the fullback positions. Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic should be paired in midfield with Bruno Fernandes playing in the advanced position with Marcus Rashford to the left, Mason Greenwood to the right and Anthony Martial playing ahead of him.

Match Prediction: In six Premier League matches, United have won four, losing twice. This season, Brighton have started off much better than United, who are two competitive matches into the season.

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.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-3 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Review & Ratings: Bruno Fernandes brace and Mason Greenwood stunner silences the Seagulls; Paul Pogba looking near to his best too

Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 in the Premier League at the Amex stadium on Tuesday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been happy with is teams performance, the scoreline and the fact that another three points were in the bag. Mason Greenwood scored the opener with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace. Paul Pogba played well in the match and United supporters will be happy to see him back.

United started the match well seeking to get a goal as early as possible after struggling so much against Norwich City in the FA Cup at the weekend. It was Mason Greenwood who opened the scoring in the 16th minute with United building the pressure. Aaron Wan-Bissaka fed the ball into Greenwood’s feet, setting up a on-on-one with Lewis Dunk that the teenager won, sliding the ball through the legs of Mat Ryan.

United doubled their lead in the 29th minute of the match with Bruno Fernandes scoring his fifth goal of the season. It was a great finish for the Portuguese magnifico, assisted by Paul Pogba, who had the ball played to him at the edge of the box, taking a moment to weigh up his options and despatching the ball to Fernandes, to slip home his fifth goal of the season. Solskjaer will be happy with what he has seen so far.

United scored their third goal of the match in the 50th minute, just five minutes after the restart with Fernandes scoring his second goal of the match and his sixth goal of the season. Greenwood provided the assist, playing the ball from the left to the Portuguese midfielder on the right with Fernandes thundering his effort into the back of the net. Game over for Brighton, who looked abject at best at the Amex.

Solskjaer made a triple substitution in the 63rd minute of the match with Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Brandon Williams replacing Fernandes, Pogba and Luke Shaw, who was booked before United scored the third goal of the match. 14 minutes later, Solskjaer made a double substitution with Odion Ighalo and Daniel James replacing Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

United will be back in Premier League action on Saturday 4 July as they welcome south coast club Bournemouth, who are in the relegation zone at this present time, although they will face Newcastle United at home on Wednesday evening. United have kept the chase with Chelsea on, who face West Ham United on Wednesday evening with United supporter hoping they slip up. I know I will be. I despise them.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one had little to do against Brighton but when called upon he made a great save to deny the home side from scoring, helping United keep another clean sheet.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back has had a good season and had a good match against Brighton, assisting the opening goal which was scored by Greenwood. His defensive ability is great to see.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The iceman has been shaky recently but seemed composed in this match after a rest at the weekend. Another clean sheet and three important points is the best aspect of the match, along with ending the Amex hoodoo.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain played well against Brighton and will be happy with another clean sheet this season. This match seemed easier than the one against Norwich City at the weekend with United struggling to break them down the the captain playing two hours of football, plus this match in the space of a few days.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back played a good game against Brighton but was booked early in the second half just before United went 3-0 up. He was replaced by Brandon Williams in the 64th minute and will be happy to have taken all three points back to Old Trafford.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian midfielder did well against Brighton, putting in a good midfield display and getting involved in the action, playing the ball into Greenwood on the right in the run to provide the assist for Fernandes' second goal of the match. He is a good player to have at the club and certainly seems to have turned his form around.

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6 Paul Pogba

It is good to have Paul Pogba back and playing for Manchester United. He cannot be faulted for the way he has returned, seeking to get things moving and getting United winning. His focus has been second to none and his eye for his teammates in advanced positions is great to see. He assisted United's second goal, scored by Fernandes.

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11 Mason Greenwood

The young forward scored his 13th goal for United, opening the scoring against Brighton with a great finish from a good attack. The 18-year-old assisted the third goal of the match with a cool cross to Fernandes on the right with United, who slotted his finish home.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

It was a good match for Bruno Fernandes against Brighton. His partnership with Paul Pogba is going to be a good one. Her scored a stunning goal in the 29th minute of the match, assisted by the Frenchman to put United 2-0 up in the match, then scoring his sixth goal and United's third of the game five minutes after the restart.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford had a good match against Brighton but needs to be scoring more goals. Solskjaer set him with a task to show him that he can score more and I reckon they will come before the end of the season. He was replaced in the 78th minute by Daniel James.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman was a little quiet against Brighton but still have a decent match. It is good to see the goals come from midfield and from a wide player, which shows that United can do more than expect the striker to score. He should still be seeking to improve though but will be happy it is not left to him all of the time. He was replaced in the 78th minute by Odion Ighalo.

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Substitutes

33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Shaw 64'. The left-back almost scored a goal for United shortly after his introduction in the match. He was pressed by Brighton in his position but did well.

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15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Pogba 64'. The attacking midfielder needs to play a lot more to become part of United's future, amid speculation that he could be sold this summer. He did not have a bad game but should be capable of helping United finish their opposition, despite this actually being done before he came on.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Fernandes 64'. The Scotland international was unlucky not to score a goal against Brighton, seemingly stinging the palms of Mat Ryan. An impressive performance.

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Review & Ratings: Bruno Fernandes brace and Mason Greenwood stunner silences the Seagulls; Paul Pogba looking near to his best too

Replaced Rashford 78'. The Welshman will have been happy to get on the pitch at 3-0 up but was unable to help United stretch the lead any larger. It was good to see him get some more gamete though.

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Review & Ratings: Bruno Fernandes brace and Mason Greenwood stunner silences the Seagulls; Paul Pogba looking near to his best too

Replaced Martial 78'. The striker did not get on the scoresheet this evening, but helped United pressure the home side towards the end of the match.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 16′, Bruno Fernandes 29′, 50′

Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 16′, Paul Pogba 29′, Mason Greenwood 50′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Williams 64′); Matic, Pogba (Pereira 64′); Greenwood, Fernandes (McTominay 64′), Rashford (James 78′); Martial (Ighalo 78′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Mata, Fred

Bookings: Luke Shaw 49′

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood lead the attack against Brighton; Pogba and Matic in midfield

Manchester United will return to Premier League action this evening when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were in action in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening, beating Norwich City 2-1, albeit after extra time which could cause freshness issues in Solskjaer’s side for this match. However, his squad is big enough to stop this from being a problem.

Brighton have not been in great form recently, although they did beat Arsenal 2-1 in the match previous to the 0-0 draw against Leicester City, which would have given Graham Potter’s side a week’s rest ahead of the visit of United, who will be seeking to keep their unbeaten run going, extending it with yet another victory, taking all three points back to Old Trafford, keeping chase on Chelsea.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Williams; Mata, Pereira, Fred, James, McTominay; Ighalo

Brighton and Hove Albion:

Ryan;

Duffy, Dunk, Burn;

Lamptey, Propper, Stephens, Bissouma, Montoya;

Mac Allister, Connolly

Substitutes:

Button, Maupay, Trossard, Gross, Murray, Mooy, March, Schelotto, Bernardo

United and Brighton have played five times in the Premier League with United winning three and losing twice. In total, United have scored eight goals conceding six. Both United and Brighton have kept one clean sheet. United have been awarded two penalties, scoring both with Brighton awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received four yellow cards. Brighton have received 10 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

United and Brighton have played five times in the Premier League with United winning three and losing twice. In total, United have scored eight goals conceding six. Both United and Brighton have kept one clean sheet. United have been awarded two penalties, scoring both with Brighton awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received four yellow cards. Brighton have received 10 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

How Manchester United could look against Brighton and Hove Albion; Rashford, Martial and Greenwood to inspire United to victory?

Manchester United will return to Premier League action on Tuesday evening when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were in action in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening, beating Norwich City 2-1, albeit after extra time which could cause freshness issues in Solskjaer’s side for this match. However, his squad is big enough to stop this from being a problem.

Brighton have not been in great form recently, although they did beat Arsenal 2-1 in the match previous to the 0-0 draw against Leicester City, which would have given Graham Potter’s side a week’s rest ahead of the visit of United, who will be seeking to keep their unbeaten run going, extending it with yet another victory, taking all three points back to Old Trafford, keeping chase on Chelsea.

United and Brighton have played five times in the Premier League with United winning three and losing twice. In total, United have scored eight goals conceding six. Both United and Brighton have kept one clean sheet. United have been awarded two penalties, scoring both with Brighton awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received four yellow cards. Brighton have received 10 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

This will be another important match for Solskjaer as he looks to break into the top four of the Premier League, which with Chelsea sitting five points clear, is going to be a tough task. Another victory on the road for United will be a big boost for the remainder of the season. If United are to achieve UEFA Champions League football next season, winning every match will be needed in the hope Chelsea slip up or that Manchester City’s European ban is upheld.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one was rested for the 2-1 victory over Norwich City which earned United a semi-final place in the Emirates FA Cup, which will be played against Chelsea next month. De Gea made a mistake against Tottenham Hotspur in the first match back after the coronavirus pandemic, keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory over Sheffield United. He will be fit and ready to go against Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United have a strong defence and despite conceding a poor goal against Norwich City on Saturday, they were resurgent despite three changes being made, including the goalkeeper. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof will be expected to return to the starting XI with Harry Maguire, who scored the winning goal in the FA Cup, and Luke Shaw keeping their places in the team. With injuries to Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, Solskjaer will most likely choose to utilise Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams from the bench, if needed.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

The midfield seems to be the key area in the team right now. With Fred and Scott McTominay, there does not seem to be enough balance for both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to play at the same time. Nemanja Matic stabilises that at this moment in time and it is something that the likes of Fred and McTominay could evolve with, seeing his Matic plays with Pogba, which I think would be the best option for Solskjaer when United face Brighton. However, Solskjaer might think of something else to try in this match.

Attacking Midfield: Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood

Attacking wise, creativity was not really a problem against Norwich but the finishing was poor most of the time with many chances being missed. Granted, it could have been a bad day at the office or could be just another indication that Solskjaer has some problems to deal with. Against Brighton, he should keep Bruno Fernandes in the centre with Marcus Rashford on the left and Mason Greenwood on the right. This could help solve some of the problems for United in both creativity and finishing. Players can have a bad spell, they are not robots.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman was involved in four goals in his last two matches for the club, scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United during the week and assisting the winning goal against Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday evening, which Harry Maguire scored. Anthony Martial was missed against Norwich and brought on six minutes into extra time, so he will be rested enough to play a part against Brighton with United needing all three points from the match.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James, Scott McTominay; Odion Ighalo

From the bench, Solskjaer will have five substitutes for the remainder of the season, which is a good thing for the game. Granted, he can only have three substitution slots, for a total of five players, not five individual substitutes. Sergio Romero will be back on the bench. In defence Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams will be there if needed. In midfield. Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James and Scott McTominay could be called upon with Odion Ighalo in attack, if needed.

Preview: Solskjaer seeking to overcome finishing problems against Brighton to earn another important three points on the road?

Brighton and Hove Albion -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Amex Stadium, Brighton

Tuesday 30 June 2020, KO 20:15 BST

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Neil Davies Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

VAR: Andy Madley Assistant VAR: Andy Garratt

Replacement Official: Ian Cooper

Manchester United will return to Premier League action on Tuesday evening when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were in action in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening, beating Norwich City 2-1, albeit after extra time which could cause freshness issues in Solskjaer’s side for this match. However, his squad is big enough to stop this from being a problem.

Brighton have not been in great form recently, although they did beat Arsenal 2-1 in the match previous to the 0-0 draw against Leicester City, which would have given Graham Potter’s side a week’s rest ahead of the visit of United, who will be seeking to keep their unbeaten run going, extending it with yet another victory, taking all three points back to Old Trafford, keeping chase on Chelsea.

Form: United unbeaten in 14 matches, scoring 35 goals, conceding four times, keeping 10 clean sheets; Brighton have won one in their last six, losing once and drawing four times.

Manchester United: WWDWWW

Norwich City 2-1 W, Sheffield United 3-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D, LASK 5-0 W, Manchester City 2-0 W, Derby County 3-0 W

Brighton and Hove Albion: DWDLDD

Leicester City 0-0 D, Arsenal 2-1 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 D, Crystal Palace 1-0 L, Sheffield United 1-1 D, Watford 1-1 D

Top Scorers: Martial and Rashford have scored more goals between them than Brighton have this season. United’s forward line (Rashford, Martial and Greenwood) have scored 50 goals between them this season.

Manchester United Goals: 19 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 12 – Mason Greenwood, 5 – Odion Ighalo, Scott McTominay, 4 – Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, 3 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, 2 – Fred, Own Goal, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, 1 – Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United are unbeaten in 14 matches, scoring 35 goals, conceding four times, keeping 10 clean sheets and driving forward in their bid to reach the top four of the Premier League. United will need to ensure three more points are taken on Tuesday evening, hoping that Chelsea will stumble when they face West Ham United on Wednesday to have a chance in breaking into the top four with five points between the two teams.

Brighton and Hove Albion Goals: 9 – Neal Maupay, 3 – Aaron Connolly, Lewis Dunk, Leandro Trossard, Adam Webster, 2 – Pascal Gross, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Aaron Mooy, Glenn Murray, 1 – Florin Andone, Shane Duffy, Davy Pröpper, Haydon Roberts

Brighton do not seem to be in the best of form at this stage of the season, Granted, there was a three-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic but they need to be doing much better. They did beat Arsenal recently, which is not really a bragging right anymore as the club is terrible and have been that was for about a decade. A draw with Leicester in their last match was a good result for them. They will be seeking a win over United though and are capable of that.

Team News: United to be without Tuanzebe and Jones for this match whilst Brighton could be missing between two and five players for this match.

Solskjaer looks likely to be without both Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, who have both missed all three of the matches the club has played since football resumed earlier this month. It is not exactly a blow for Solskjaer as he has other defenders to turn to should they be needed. It could also see the likes of Teden Mengi in the travelling squad, which would be a grid experience for him on his quest for first team football.

Brighton will be without both Jose Izquierdo and Adam Webster for the visit of United whilst Steven Alzate (50%) and Tariq Lamptey (75%) have chances to be involved in the match, albeit probably down to late fitness tests. Brighton will need to thwart United from overcoming their frustrations against Norwich, struggling to break them down and heading into extra time in the FA Cup victory on Saturday.

Predicted Starting XI: Rashford, Martial and Greenwood lead the line? Fernandes, Pogba and Matic in midfield? De Gea, Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka to return to the starting XI against Brighton?

Solskjaer rested David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka against Norwich City in a match which saw two hours of football played on Saturday evening, no doubt causing some tiredness in the United squad ahead of this match. Rashford, Martial, Greenwood, Matic and Pogba all came off the bench after the hour mark, late in the match of in extra time, so should be fresher for this important match.

Match Prediction: United should be able to deal with Brighton when they face them on Tuesday evening but the frustration of being unable to break down Norwich might haunt them.

United and Brighton have played five times in the Premier League with United winning three and losing twice. In total, United have scored eight goals conceding six. Both United and Brighton have kept one clean sheet. United have been awarded two penalties, scoring both with Brighton awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received four yellow cards. Brighton have received 10 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

United and Brighton have played five times in the Premier League with United winning three and losing twice. In total, United have scored eight goals conceding six. Both United and Brighton have kept one clean sheet. United have been awarded two penalties, scoring both with Brighton awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received four yellow cards. Brighton have received 10 yellow cards. Neither team have had a player sent off.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Manchester United

Review & Ratings: Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford score in 3-1 Brighton victory; Scott McTominay did well, Brandon Williams impressive

Manchester United beat Brighton And Hove Albion 3-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Andreas Pereira opened the scoring with Scott McTominay getting his third goal of the season. Lewis Dunk got his team back into the game before Marcus Rashford restored the two-goal lead.

United started well against Brighton at the Theatre of Dreams and were lively in the opening stages. Dale Stephens got himself book in the fifth minute of the match, aiming to tackle Andreas Pereira and slipping. The Belgian-born Brazilian opened the scoring in the 17th minute, albeit by deflection, putting United 1-0 up in this fixture.

Brighton got another booking in the 19th minute for taking Daniel James out, who was much faster than him. United got a second goal which Harry Maguire was involved in and it seemed that Scott McTominay bundled the ball into the net. However, VAR ruled that Davy Propper has scored an own goal. It was later overruled and awarded to McTominay.

Brighton got back into the game in the 64th minute with Lewis Dunk scoring from the header to put some late pressure onto United. However, they responded pretty quickly after Pascal Gross gave the ball away in midfield, Anthony Martial striding forward, spotting Marcus Rashford who put it in off the crossbar from 12-yards.

Rashford almost had another goal moments later, missing the target completely though. United were peppering Brighton in the final quarter of the match with chances being created by goals not being scored. United never gave up but neither did Brighton. Brandon Williams is a player who did well in the game and looks like a lively attacking left-back.

That is it for United until the 24 November though when they travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United in the Premier League, another must-win match for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The month will end with United travelling out to Kazakhstan to face FC Astana in the UEFA Europa League with a view to winning the group.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have a lot to do against Brighton at Old Trafford. It was touch and go for him at a stage of the first half where he seemed to be injured but he got through that.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back did well against Brighton and will be thankful of the rest before the busy end of the year. He got forward a few times, especially in the second half. One of the best signings of the summer for me.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender did well against Brighton. Harry Maguire seemed to be the more combative defender during the match though but the Swede played his part.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man had a good game against Brighotn. Got himself involved in the second goal and had been winning challenges, one which started a good play for United which saw Marcus Rashford on the ball but unable to score. Is his form starting to fall into place at his new club?

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33 Brandon Williams

The 18-year-old is so much better than Ashley Young and has shown shades of being better than Luke Shaw. He's not afraid to battle his opposition, run with the ball, or for the ball and get involved in attacking play. Shaw will be lucky to play regularly unless he bucks up his ideas. I would rather see Brandon Williams play in this team. Booked for a challenge before the hour and was still able to tackle moments later. Came off in stoppage time to a standing ovation with Marcos Rojo replacing him.

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39 Scott McTominay

The academy graduate made the match after injury worries from midweek. He seemed to score the second goal of the game. Seemingly got another injury in stoppage time, did not come off on the stretcher though but looked injured.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder can hold his head high recently. He has been getting better and better, at a slow rate. He was involved in the build up to both first half goals and can be proud of the rise in his game. Improvement is still needed but he's showing himself as a work in progress.

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Review & Ratings: Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford score in 3-1 Brighton victory; Scott McTominay did well, Brandon Williams impressive

The Welshman was fouled in the first half, beating Lewis Dunk with his pace. United ended up scoring their second goal, albeit an own goal, moments later. His pace is electrifying.

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15 Andreas Pereira

On his 50th appearance for United, the Belgian-born Brazilian opened the scoring for United, despite it being deflected across the line. He does still need to put his all in for this team though as considering his academy spell, he has underachieved in the squad and needs to become a consistent player who can step up and create, provide and score goals regularly. I cannot fault his desire in this game and he very nearly scored a second goal late in the first half. Pereira's match ended in to 70th minute as Jesse Lingard replaced him.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward got his goal to put United two clear of Brighton after Lewis Dunk got his side back into the game. However, Rashford missed a sitter moments later, not even getting his shot on target. He was replaced by Mason Greenwood in stoppage time after missing another sitter.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman got two assists; one for Andreas Pereira's opening goal against Brighton, the other for Marcus Rashford's goal, United's third of the day. Martial was frustrating to watch at times though.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Pereira 70'. The academy graduate needs to do a lot more to get back into the starting XI. He had some involvement in the game with United on the front foot, but not enough to warrant anything other than a substitute appearance.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Rashford 90+1'. The teenager came on in stoppage time for Marcus Rashford after scoring in midweek. He did not have enough time to get involved though.

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Review & Ratings: Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford score in 3-1 Brighton victory; Scott McTominay did well, Brandon Williams impressive

Replaced Williams 90+1'. The Argentinian defender replaced Brandon Williams in stoppage time but was not on the pitch long enough to get much done.

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Goals: Andreas Pereira 17′, Scott McTominay 19′, Marcus Rashford 66′; Lewis Dunk 64′

Assists: Anthony Martial 17′, 66′; Pascal Gross 64′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams (Rojo 90+1′); McTominay, Fred; James, Pereira (Lingard 70′), Rashford (Greenwood 90+1′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Jones; Mata, Garner

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 45′, Brandon Williams 58′; Dale Stephens 5′, Lewis Dunk 19′, Martin Montoya 30′, Dan Burn 45+2′, Davy Propper 74′

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

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.

Key Battles: Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial to win their individual battles against Brighton?

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.

Predicted Starting XI: United have the goals in them to send Brighton back to the South Coast pointless after clash at Old Trafford.

Manchester United: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo, Brandon Williams; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford; Anthony Martial

Brighton and Hove Albion: Mathew Ryan; Martin Montoya, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Pascal Gross, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Steven Alzate; Neal Maupay, Aaron Connolly

Key Battles: Harry Maguire to battle Neal Maupay, Marcus Rashford to battle Martin Montoya, and Anthony Martial to battle Lewis Dunk.

Key Battle One: Harry Maguire versus Neal Maupay

The £80 million man has helped to improve United’s defence this season but has still not hit his best form for his new club. United have conceded 11 goals this season, one more than second-placed Manchester City, two more than league leaders Liverpool. Maguire has an 80% tackle success in the league this season, also having 16 interceptions and 45 clearances – 31 of them headed. Maguire averages nearly 62 passes per match.

Neal Maupay could give Maguire a game as he will be seeking to add to his four-goal tally in the league this season. Maupay averages around 18 passes per match, and has had 36 shots on goal this season – 11 of those have been on target. Maupay has missed two big chances, which could be something that Maguire will get the better of anyway but with his teammates, the Brighton player will be seeking another scalp over United.

Key Battle Two: Marcus Rashford versus Martin Montoya

Marcus Rashford has played 11 times in the league this season, scoring five goals, assisting a further three. Having an involvement in eight goals in 11 appearances is pretty good, although many will still not be happy with that this season. Rashford has a 40% shooting accuracy, so has room for improvement there and he also averages around 24 passes per match. He has missed four big chances this season in the league alone.

Martin Montoya could be tasked with keeping an eye on Rashford as he can playing on the left-wing, which is where he has been most dangerous this season. Montoya has a 52% tackles success, has recovered the ball 42 times this season, also making 14 interceptions and 10 clearances. He averages around 42 passes per match and also has an assist to his name this season. Rashford may have a battle on his hands this weekend.

Key Battle Three: Anthony Martial versus Lewis Dunk

Anthony Martial has played six times in the Premier League this season, because of injury, and has scored three goals in the league. He has a 62% shooting accuracy, which is pretty good considering he has sat out many matches due to injury and has only just started to gain some form again. The Frenchman has missed three big chances in the league, so improvement will be necessary in order to carry United forward.

Lewis Dunk, the player who was tipped to replace Maguire at Leicester City this summer could well be the player in-between Martial and a goal on Sunday. Averaging nearly 66 passes in the league this season, the central defender has a 57% tackle success, has recovered the ball 85 times, made 25 interceptions and 37 clearances, 17 of which were headed. Dunk has two assists this season and has a good long ball range.

How Manchester United could look in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Brighton; Martial, Rashford, James, and Greenwood in attack

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.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one was rested on Thursday evening against Partizan Belgrade, leaving him fresh to face Brighton in the last match before the final international break of 2019. De Gea has done well this season and he will be seeking another clean sheet, to add to the two he has kept in the Premier League already this season. United need to start getting results in the league as they already trail Liverpool, the league leaders by 18 points, which is only going to get much bigger. However, if they get three points this weekend, they could well be in with a better chance of achieving finishing in the top half of the table. They are ten points adrift of fourth place right now.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo, Brandon Williams

The defence may have some problems at the moment through injury and suspension with both Ashley Young (suspended) and Luke Shaw (injured) out of action. Aaron Wan-Bissaka played on Thursday, even though I expected him not to. Whereas Brandon Williams did not play, when I expected him to. Both will have to play against Brighton as they are the only fit fullbacks in the squad. Marcos Rojo can play at left-back but I believe him partnering Harry Maguire in the middle of the defence will be much better for him. Victor Lindelof has not trained this week so may not have the fitness to start.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred

The midfield is at barebones at this stage of the season. Scott McTominay and Fred has played in the last four matches together. The main problem will be whether McTominay is fit to face Brighton after coming off in the 75th minute against Partizan Belgrade with a minor injury. Solskjaer thinks he is more likely to be able to play against this weekend than not. He will be a big loss if he is not fit to play. James Garner, who made his Old Trafford debut on Thursday, could step into the role. Fred should keep his place after a string of confident performances, showing the type of midfielder he is. Playing more will help him find his feet properly.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford

The trio of Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, and Marcus Rashford worked well against Partizan Belgrade. I think two of them will start against Brighton; Greenwood and Rashford. Daniel James could play in the role Mata played in on Thursday, perhaps playing as a second striker, rather than a number ten. I feel he is better on the wing but Rashford can perform on the left and Greenwood did well on the right on Thursday. This could help United get back to winning ways against Brighton.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has now scored five goals in all competitions this season, scoring three times since returning from injury against Liverpool a few weeks ago. Against Partizan Belgrade, Martial put in a good performance as a striker, doing all he needed to do to ensure the club won the match and earned a place into the round of 32 in the Europa League this season. With the Frenchman in some good form, perhaps he could continue by finding more goals, whether he scores them himself of assists them.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Victor Lindelof; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, James Garner; Tahith Chong

Beating Brighton will be important for this squad to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after a lack lustre match away to Bournemouth last weekend. Players on the bench could be important in order to get something from the game. Sergio Romero will be back on the bench for United with Victor Lindelof possible back in action, not getting the start though.

Juan Mata played well against Partizan Belgrade, so he could find himself on the bench to come on later in the game to offer something going forward. The likes of Andreas Pereira, James Garner, who made his Old Trafford debut on Thursday could see some action if needed. Garner might actually start of McTominay is injured. Tahith Chong could be the attacking player to be an option off the bench.

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