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Brighton vs Manchester United – Premier League Match Preview

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Manchester United travel to Brighton on the final weekend as the Red Devils look to earn a place in Europe for next season.

Here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s game at the Amex Stadium.

Form

Brighton: LLWDL

Brighton’s season has fizzled out across the run-in with one win in nine Premier League games having ended hopes of European football. The Seagulls are 10th in the table and can secure a top-half finish for the third successive season with a win at the Amex Stadium.

It’s been an okay campaign for Brighton, who lost key figures Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister last summer, while names such as Kaoru Mitoma and Solly March have spent extended spells on the sidelines. The fear will be how Brighton can continue overachieving, if their lauded recruitment model begins to falter.

“It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve dreamed of being in the national team, I had tears in my eyes.” 🥹💙

Der Kaiser discusses his first Germany call-up and the prospect of playing in #EURO2024 this summer… 💬 pic.twitter.com/MEfpgsF8cE

— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) May 16, 2024

Roberto De Zerbi’s future also remains unclear as the Italian continues to be linked with an exit and the 44-year-old is said to feature on Bayern Munich’s shortlist of replacements for Thomas Tuchel, following a disastrous search for a successor to date.

Brighton are keen to retain experience in their young squad and have re-signed veteran duo James Milner and Danny Welbeck to new deals, though Adam Lallana will leave the South Coast at the end of the campaign.

Manchester United: WDLLW

Manchester United kept alive their hopes of European football with a 3-2 win over Newcastle in midweek. It was a welcome return to winning ways for the Red Devils, after successive losses to Crystal Palace and Arsenal had derailed their European hopes.

Erik ten Hag’s team trail Newcastle on goal difference but will secure a place in the Premier League’s top seven, and guaranteed European football, if they can better the Magpies’ result at Brentford on the final weekend.

Closing out the 2023/24 #PL season 🔜#MUFC pic.twitter.com/w0Nzr0idDb

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 17, 2024

The win over Newcastle was pleasing for Ten Hag and pointed towards a brighter future, with goalscorers Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund all aged 21 or under.

Lisandro Martinez and Marcus Rashford will hope to return to the starting side as each attempt to prove their form and fitness ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final.

Last Meeting

Manchester United 1-3 Brighton, Premier League, September 16th 2023

Brighton have won each of the last four league meetings between the teams including a 3-1 success at Old Trafford in September. Danny Welbeck haunted his former side with the opening goal for the Seagulls, who doubled their lead through Pascal Gross shortly into the second half.

Joao Pedro came off the bench to add a third for Brighton, who were well worth the three points, with Hannibal Mejbri’s goal little consolation for the Red Devils on a humbling afternoon. The defeat was United’s first at home in 13 months as the Seagulls stunned the Theatre of Dreams.

Predicted Lineups

Brighton: Verbruggen; Lamptey, Webster, Igor, Barco; Gross, Gilmour, Enciso; Buonanotte, Adingra, Welbeck.

Man United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Casmeiro, Evans, Dalot; Amrabat, Mainoo, Fernandes; Diallo, Garnacho, Hojlund.

Who is the referee?

Craig Pawson.

What channel is Brighton vs Manchester United on?

In the UK, the game has not been selected for live TV coverage. The game will be broadcast by the registered rights holders in other countries.

What time is kick-off?

16:00 BST, Sunday May 19th 2024.

Odds

Brighton – 23/20

Draw – 3/1

Manchester United – 19/10

Read – Premier League: Six talking points ahead of the final day

See more – Every time the Premier League title was decided on the final day

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