Manchester United vs Brighton Preview: Probable Lineup, Team News, Prediction

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Manchester United will welcome in-form Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as they try to return to winning ways.

Manchester United vs Brighton Preview: Probable Lineup, Team News, Prediction

Manchester United are languishing in 11th place at this early stage of the season but Brighton are in the top 6, three points behind Man City.

Match Preview

While the Red Devils’ form has been nothing to write home about this season, the club has dealt with so many issues off-field.

Antony, Jadon Sancho and the club’s drawn-out ownership saga have since followed during the international break.

And all these are not helping Erik ten Hag’s plans, and Red Devils supporters are merely craving a day without drama at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have only managed two wins and two away defeats from their opening four Premier League games this season.

Manchester United also lost 1-3 to rivals Arsenal in a dramatic circumstances two weeks ago.

The match looked to be a draw until Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored in the 96th and 101st minutes to give Arsenal the win.

Erik ten Hag’s men will also face Bundesliga giants in their opening Champions League group-stage match next Wednesday.

The club has not lost three of their opening five league games since the 1989-90 campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Ten Hag will want to maintain that.

While Manchester United started slow this season, their opponents Brighton have continued to go from strength to strength and have made a positive start to the new season.

Manchester United vs Brighton Preview: Probable Lineup, Team News, Prediction

The Seagulls have won three of their opening four Premier League matches and scoring 12 goals in the process – more than any other top-flight team to date.

Unlike Manchester United, Brighton bounced back from a brief wobble against West Ham United and won the match.

De Zerbi’s men also made a statement with a 3-1 victory at home against Newcastle United before the international break.

Brighton will also play in their first-ever Europa League match against AEK Athens next Thursday and De Zerbi is focused on both United and the Europa league match.

The Seagulls travel to Manchester United after winning four and lost four of their last eight Premier League away fixtures.

Manchester United vs Brighton: Team News

Antony will not represent the club ‘until further notice’ amid allegations of assault made against him, while Raphael Varane (muscle), Luke Shaw (muscle), Tyrell Malacia (muscle).

Also, on the absent list for United, are Amad Diallo (knee), Kobbie Mainoo (ankle) and Tom Heaton (calf).

Sofyan Amrabat is doubtful with a back problem, but Manchester United might risk it to play the Moroccan while Lisandro Martinez and Mason Mount could also be in a position to return.

Antony is unavailable and Sancho is also expected to miss out after being banned from training following his social media outburst towards Ten Hag.

Bruno Fernandes, Facundo Pellistri and Alejandro Garnacho are all options who could start on the right flank, while Marcus Rashford will start on his favorite left wing.

Brighton are sweating over the fitness of Ferguson who withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a knee injury.

New signings Ansu Fati and Carlos Baleba are both in contention to make their Seagulls debuts at Old Trafford.

Manchester United vs Brighton Preview: Probable Lineup, Team News, Prediction

Fati might play in the No.10 role in between star wingers Kaoru Mitoma and Solly March, and the latter is set to battle with Billy Gilmour and Mahmoud Dahoud for a start in centre-midfield alongside newly-capped Germany international Pascal Gross.

Probable Line-Up

Manchester United probable starting lineup:

Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot; Casemiro, Eriksen; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund

Brighton & Hove Albion probable starting lineup:

Verbruggen; Milner, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan; Gross, Gilmour; March, Fati, Mitoma, Pedro

Manchester United vs Brighton: Prediction

Manchester United will likely make Brighton struggle at the Old Trafford but it is difficult to predict a favourite for this fascinating match-up.

Brighton have scored in each of their last 15 Premier League away games and will be confident of breaching Man United’s backline, but we believe that the hosts will find a way to claim a share of the spoils.

At Futballnews, we are predicting that the match between United and Brighton will end in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

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