Erik ten Hag takes charge of Manchester United in the Premier League for the first time on Sunday when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford (kick-off, 2pm). The Red Devils will be hoping the Dutch tactician can bring Champions League football back to the Theatre of Dreams and a positive result against the Seagulls will be a welcome start. Brighton impressed under Graham Potter last term to finish ninth – the club’s highest top-flight finish – but the loss of key midfielder Yves Bissouma and defender Marc Cucurella could be crucial. Manchester United vs Brighton betting tips Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Already used the Betfred sign-up offer? Check out all the latest bookmaker offers and the best betting sites. Red Devils react to Ten Hag It has been a difficult few years for United, whose silverware was the 2017 Europa League, but there is already cause for optimism heading into the new campaign under former Ajax boss Ten Hag. Pre-season started positively for the Red Devils as they racked up 4-0, 4-1 and 3-1 victories over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace respectively, although they have drawn twice and lost once since. Nevertheless, they look revitalised in attack and have netted 14 goals in those matches, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all seemingly enjoying a new lease of life. There is still the question mark over a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in pre-season and Ten Hag may not yet know what his best starting XI is, but they are unlikely to be peppered by a Brighton side who struggled in the final third last season. Potter’s men only scored 42 times in the league in 2021-22 – the joint-fourth lowest tally in the division – and only 18-year-old Julio Enciso has been brought in this summer as an attacking addition. While the Seagulls look like they could nick a goal at Old Trafford, outscoring the United appears unrealistic and the home win and over 2.5 goals in the match looks a solid shout. And while Brighton boasted the sixth-best defensive record in the league last season, the summer sales of Bissouma and Cucurella are bound to affect them at the back. Tip: Manchester United to win and over 2.5 goals in match @ 6/4 with Betfred Sancho eyes fast start England forward Sancho endured a difficult debut season at United following his move from Borussia Dortmund and he ended the campaign with just three goals from 29 Premier League appearances. The 22-year-old’s future was rumoured to be in doubt but he appears to have put reports of a move away to bed with some eye-catching performances in pre-season, having scored against Liverpool, Palace and Aston Villa. Sancho looks to have received a big confidence boost from the arrival of Ten Hag and the forward will be eager to get off to a quick start in front of a packed Old Trafford on Sunday. Tip: Jadon Sancho to score at any time @ 13/5 with Betfred Zambian to get stuck in The departure of Mali star Bissouma in the heart of midfield has left a big gap for Brighton to fill and the fact they haven’t yet managed to bring in a replacement is of great concern. Zambia midfielder Enock Mwepu will have to take up a lot of the slack and there is every chance he could find his way into the referee’s notebook with the tackles he will be putting in. Bissouma led Brighton’s yellow card stats in the Premier League last term, picking up 10 cautions, and it would be no surprise to see Mwepu lead the charts come the end of the campaign. Tip: Enock Mwepu to be shown a card @ SP with Betfred Manchester United vs Brighton odds Manchester United are 8/13 to win on Sunday with Brighton at 5/1 and the draw priced at 3/1. Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change
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