Manchester United returns to Old Trafford on Sunday evening as we take on Brighton in the Premier League. We will kick off at 19:30 PM BST. The game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 19:00 PM.
A response is needed after United’s disappointing FA Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of top-four rivals Leicester City. We currently sit second in the Premier League table just one point above the Foxes. Victory against Brighton would see us strengthen our grip on this position as we look to secure Champions League qualification.
With the title challenge now well and truly over, the focus for the Red Devils will be being the best of the rest in the league. We are still fighting for silverware in the Europa League as we face Granada in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening.
United come into the game against Brighton having won back-to-back league games against Manchester City and West Ham previously. We are now nine games unbeaten in the competition. As we come into the business end of the season, United has some important fixtures between now and the end of May. We faced the likes of Tottenham, Leicester, and Liverpool. Any slip-ups for us could see our rivals potentially grab one of those top-four places from us.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær will have to decide who starts in goal, whether it will be David De Gea or Dean Henderson. The England international has featured in the last six games following De Gea’s absence due to the birth of his first child. Henderson has impressed during this period and will be wanting even more now to become the number one goalkeeper for us.
Solskjær has said he will continue to change the goalkeeper for the remainder of the season. It is likely De Gea will play in the league games with Henderson featuring in the Europa League.
He said in his pre-match press conference, “you know, I have the great option of two great goalkeepers. It’s a pleasure to have them here. We got, hopefully, nine plus five games to go. We want to go all the way in the Europa League as well. I’m sure you’ll see both of them playing in goal for us.”
There is a doubt over Anthony Martial who picked a knock to his knee whilst playing for France on international duty. Victor Lindelof may not feature either as he missed training on Friday, and so will be assessed before the Brighton game. This may see Eric Bailly partner Harry Maguire in the centre of the defence.
Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood who pulled out from England senior and under 21’s duty respectively are now back in training having sustained knocks before the international break. Solskjær said if both players have come through the training session yesterday, then they will be available for selection.
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Rashford, and Cavani.
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Brighton will arrive at Old Trafford having secured wins against Southampton and Newcastle United previously. They are currently six points above the relegation zone. The Seagulls know that another two wins would probably see them secure their place in the Premier League for another season.
In terms of team news, Aaron Connolly who had been injured on Republic of Ireland duty has trained with Brighton and is expected to feature. For Adam Webster, it will be too soon for him as he steps his recovery from the ankle injury. Brighton will be without Solly March and Tariq Lamptey who remained out for the rest of the season.
We will be targeting a return to winning ways as we head into an important month of fixtures. We will need to be on the front foot, getting an early goal will settle any nerves down. Defensively, we have more assured in our last four league games. If we do not concede against Brighton, United will have five consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since August 2017.
Manchester United 2-0 Brighton