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Brighton and Hove Albion -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Amex Stadium, Brighton

Sunday 19 May 2024, KO 16:00 BST

Manchester United travel to the South Coast on Sunday afternoon where they will face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League. United beat Newcastle United in the final league match at Old Trafford this season, scoring three goals, winning 3-2 in the end.

Erik ten Hag will need to keep United winning to end the season, not that it will increase their chances of anything as they look set to finish outside the top six this season and could well miss out on a European place unless they win the Emirates FA Cup next weekend. It is what it is.

United will need to start performing if they want to beat City in the FA Cup final, which will need one of the best performances of the season if that was to happen. United have a talented squad but it is the application of their skillsets and abilities that is the main problem, which is a worry at the club.

United – Form, Goals Scored & Assists

Newcastle 0-0 WDL, Arsenal 1-0 L, Palace 4-0 L, Burnley 1-1 D, Sheffield 4-2 W, Coventry 3-3 (4-2 penalties) W

Goals: 15 – Bruno Fernandes, Rasmus Hojlund, 10 – Scott McTominay, 9 – Alejandro Garnacho, 8 – Marcus Rashford, 5 – Casemiro, 4 – Harry Maguire, Kobbie Mainoo, 2 – Amad Diallo, Antony, Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial, 1 – Christian Eriksen, Victor Lindelof, Hannibal Mejbri, Mason Mount, Raphael Varane

Assists: 12 – Bruno Fernandes, 5 – Diogo Dalot, Alejandro Garnacho, Marcus Rashford, 3 – Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 2 – Antony, Christian Eriksen, Rasmus Hojlund, Harry Maguire, 1 – Amad Diallo, Jonny Evans, Omari Forson, Victor Lindelof, Kobbie Mainoo, Anthony Martial, Lisandro Martínez, Mason Mount, Facundo Pellistri, Luke Shaw

Brighton – Form, Goals Scored & Assists

Chelsea 2-1 L, Newcastle 1-1 D, Villa 1-0 W, Bournemouth 3-0 L, City 4-0 L, Burnley 1-1 D

Goals: 20 – João Pedro, 7 – Simon Adingra, Danny Welbeck, 6 – Evan Ferguson, 5 – Pascal Groß, 4 – Facundo Buonanotte, Lewis Dunk, Ansu Fati, 3 – Pervis Estupiñán, Jack Hinshelwood, Solly March, Kaoru Mitoma, 1 – Joël Veltman

Assists: 13 – Pascal Groß, 5 – Kaoru Mitoma, 4 – Pervis Estupiñán, 3 – Simon Adingra, Tariq Lamptey, João Pedro, 2 – Julio Enciso, Billy Gilmour, James Milner, Jan Paul van Hecke, 1 – Facundo Buonanotte, Mahmoud Dahoud, Lewis Dunk, Ansu Fati, Evan Ferguson, Adam Lallana, Solly March, Joël Veltman, Danny Welbeck

Previous Meetings & Connections

United and Brighton have met 13 times in the Premier League. United have won seven times, drawing no times and losing six times. United have scored 20 goals in this fixture, winning three penalties, scoring all of them. Brighton have scored 10 goals, winning three penalties, scoring all of them.

United have kept three clean sheets against Brighton, who have three clean sheets against United. There have been discipline issues with United players receiving 24 yellow cards and no red cards with Brighton players receiving 24 yellow cards and one red card. United must win this one.

Danny Welbeck, Oliver Norwood, James Wilson, Jesse Lingard, Tomasz Kuszczak, Robbie Savage, Frank Stapleton, Andy Ritchie and Mickey Thomas have all played for both United and Brighton. Maya Le Tessier, who played for United Women also played for Brighton.

Team News

Manchester United: United have endured a major injury crisis for much of the season with the defence being the area which has suffered the most injuries. It has caused United major problems this season. That said, there are two more matches left this season.

Ruled Out: Tyrell Malacia (knee), Luke Shaw (thigh) and Mason Mount (other)

Suspended: None

Doubts: Victor Lindelof (thigh), Harry Maguire (other), Raphael Varane (other) and Anthony Martial (groin/hip/pelvic)

Brighton and Hove Albion: Brighton are heavy on injuries at this stage of the season but they are safe this season and will finish around tenth place in the league. It has been a positive season for Brighton but one they much build on ready for the new season in August.

Ruled Out: Solomon March (knee), Pervis Estupinan (calf/shin/heel), James Milner (thigh), Evan Ferguson (ankle/foot), Jack Hinshelwood (ankle/foot), Kaoru Mitoma (lower back), Jan Paul van Hecke (thigh)

Suspended: None

Doubts: Lewis Dunk (knee) and Joël Veltman (other)

Predicted United Starting XI – 4-2-3-1

Onana;

Wan-Bissaka, Kambwala, Martinez, Dalot;

Mainoo, Amrabat;

Amad, Fernandes, Garnacho;

Hojlund

Predicted Brighton Starting XI – 4-2-3-1

Verbruggen;

Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Julio;

Groß, Gilmour;

Buonanotte, Enciso, Adingra;

Pedro

Match Prediction

United need to get players back and ready for the Emirates FA Cup final on a week’s time. Getting players minutes against Brighton will give them a head start to reaching full fitness for the Wembley clash with Manchester City on the 25th May. United need to handle this match better than last year.

Ten Hag’s future is up in the air with reports of him being sacked at the end of the season but he has two matches achieve something and winning the FA Cup would be a fitting end, if it was the end for him. That said, I would like to see him with a better footballing structure and fully fit players.

Brighton will be seeking to get the double over United, having beat them 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. United will need to be at the top of their game taking this one by the scruff of the neck as they did in the final Old Trafford match this season against Newcastle United.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Manchester United

Written by Paul


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