Thanks to a stoppage time goal from Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United managed to get three points from the last weekend fixture against Arsenal. That win has helped them consolidate their second spot in the league table, and the Red Devils will further want to do that with another victory against the newbies of the league, Brighton & Hove Albion.
Mid-table team Brighton currently have 37 points from 35 matches, five point above the drop zone. They are not yet safe and they will surely look forward to something from this game against Jose Mourinho’s boys. And that might not be out of the question, especially since over the last two weeks, the Seagulls managed to get one point against Tottenham and Burnley, two of the top seven teams of the league table.
Manchester United, on the other hand, got a welcome 2-1 win over Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s last trip to Old Trafford as the Gunners boss. However, it was not a convincing win for the Red Devils. While most fans expected a thrashing against a weakened Arsenal side, Mourinho’s men could only produce a tepid performance and it would have been a single point unless Fellaini jumped up to the occasion in the dying moments of the game.
Team news and probable lineups:
Brighton will miss their long-term injured midfielders Isaiah Brown and Steve Sidwell. Other than them, all first-team players will be available for Chris Hughton. In particular, he will be happy to get Davy Propper back in the squad after the midfielder has served his three-match ban, following the red card against Huddersfield.
Brighton will be relying heavily on their front two, Glenn Murray and Pascal Gross. Both have been in exquisite form and will have to deliver against United, should they want to get something out of this fixture. Following is the predicted lineup for the home side:
Manchester United will miss their frontman Romelu Lukaku. He had to be substituted against Arsenal after picking up an injury. Reports suggest that he is fit to feature, but keeping the upcoming FA Cup final in mind, the boss will probably not risk him against Brighton. In that case, Marcus Rashford might lead the line once again. Besides, Phil Jones and Sergio Romero might also miss this outing, while Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw are in contention to feature in the first eleven.
In the midfield, Nemanja Matic deserves some rest, and if Mourinho deserves to award him that, Fellaini will be the one to slot in. Juan Mata can also return to the starting lineup ahead of Jesse Lingard. Here is how United may look like on Friday night:
Brighton & Hove Albion win:
Manchester United win:
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