EPL Preview: Manchester United vs Brighton And Hove Albion
Manchester United is set to welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Old Trafford stadium on Sunday evening in the week 30 of this year’s English Premier League (EPL) campaign.
Red Devils (Manchester United) will be looking to bounce from their FA Cup quarter final defeat to Leicester City before the international break. It will be recalled that City’s forward, Kelechi Iheanacho netted a brace either side of Yuri Tilemans solo effort in a game which ended 3-1, while Mason Greenwood scored United’s only goal of the game.
The title may not be a realistic proposition for Red Devils who are now 15 points behind league leaders Manchester City having played a game more, but a win against Brighton would give a healthy boost to wrapping up a top-four finish early so Manchester United can focus on trying to win the Europa League.
United have won back-to-back matches in the league, against City and West Ham United, and going nine without defeat in the competition. Manchester side have not conceded a goal in their last four games in the League.
Meanwhile, Brighton will be in confident mood, having followed up a 2-1 win at Southampton with a 3-0 victory at home to Newcastle in their last two games. Seagulls (Brighton) will be hoping to make it three consecutive victories when they play against Manchester tonight.
Graham Porter’s Brighton were in serious relegation trouble after losing three in a row prior to this winning run, but they have a six-point buffer on the dropzone and should be okay.
Two more wins from their remaining nine matches could be enough to seal a place in the Premier League for another year.
Seagulls have lost their last five meetings with United in all competitions and have failed to win at Old Trafford in 12 attempts, losing the last six of those.
Meanwhile, Anthony Martial suffered an injury on international duty for France. Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are also doubts for United.
Victor Lindelof also missed training on Friday with an ongoing back issue that needs assessing before facing Brighton, so Eric Bailey might partner Harry Maguire in the heart of the defence. Paul Pogba is in line to make his first league appearance in two months.
As for Brighton, Aaron Connolly was injured while away with the Republic of Ireland, which will likely see him miss out at Old Trafford.
Former Man United forward, Danny Welbeck has scored and assisted in his last two outings and is expected to partner Neal Maupay in attack.
Florin Andone, Solly March, Adam Webster and Tariq Lamptey are all definitely out.