- Manchester United host Brighton on Saturday at Old Trafford.
- Brighton completed the league double over United last season.
- United are in 11th position while Brighton is sixth on the log.
Eleventh-placed Manchester United have another stern test awaiting them at Old Trafford when they host a confident Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday evening.
The Erik ten Hag coached side are already six points behind table-topping Manchester City having recorded only two wins in their opening four games (2W 2L) and face a Brighton side who completed the league double over them last season.
The Red Devils went into the international break with defeat following their 3-1 loss against rivals Arsenal and came out of the two-week break with more off-field drama to deal with.
Winger Antony was put on a leave of absence amid allegations of violence towards three women in Brazil, and the club was reportedly taken off the market by owners, the Glazer family, after a months-long bidding process.
Jadon Sancho also publicly denying ten Hag’s sentiments that the player missed out on first team selection due to poor performances in training, challenges that the club has to overcome to get back to winning ways.
United however head into the clash backed by the fact that they have not lost any of the 31 clashes they have played at home since September 2022 (W27 D4), their unblemished record stretching all the way back to when Brighton beat them 2-1 in ten Hag’s first game at the club.
On the other hand, the Seagulls are sitting in sixth place, three points ahead of Manchester United, after picking three games from their opening four matches and will be targeting a fourth win of the season before they play their maiden European game in the UEFA Europa League.
What time does Manchester United host Brighton?
The game is set to kick off at 5:00pm on Saturday 16 September 2023 at Old Trafford in Salford.
Manchester United vs Brighton Team News
The Red Devils will miss the services of Antony who has been put on a leave of absence amid allegations of violence from three women.
Luke Shaw is out for at least another six weeks and so is Raphael Varane who hopes to be back this month. Youngster Kobbie Mainoo, Tyrell Malacia and Amad Traore are also out due to injury.
Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez and new signing Sofyan Amrabat will be assessed before the game.
Jadon Sancho’s on future is up in the air after publicly denying Ten Hag’s claim of poor performances in training.
Young Brighton star Evan Ferguson is a doubt after recently playing with the pain barrier, and fellow striker Danny Welbeck is also in a race to be fit to face his former side.
Manchester United vs Brighton head-to-head
In total, Man United and Brighton have met 31 times since their initial meeting all the way back in 1909, meaning they have averaged just a single meeting every three and a half years since then.
Man United have had more success in the clash, winning 19 times compared to Brighton’s 6. The other six clashes have ended in draws.
In their last five games, United have only won two, with one of those being their FA Cup penalty triumph. Brighton, on the other hand, have won three of the last five, including their double last season and their 4-0 win the season before.
Manchester United vs Brighton Current Form
United have only managed two wins in their last five games (2W 1D 2L) in all competitions and are coming off a last-gasp 3-1 defeat against Arsenal before the international break.
Brighton have three wins, one draw and a defeat in their five games.
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Manchester United vs Brighton Prediction
With Manchester United blowing hot and cold at the moment, Roberto de Zerbi’s Brighton will be confident of facing the Red Devils with the kind of form they are in.
Goals from both teams should not be difficult to come by as the two sides chase all three points early on in the season.
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