With their penultimate game of the season, Manchester United travel down to the south coast to face 9th placed Brighton & Hove Albion, trying to snap a four game losing streak away from home.
Despite United winning the past seven games between the two, the fixtures have usually been very closely contested, and that was definitely the case earlier in the season at Old Trafford, where in the first half, where Brighton dominated the first half, but a sending off for Lewis Dunk swayed the game in United’s favour, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes grabbing the goals for a 2-0 win for United.
Since this game back in mid-February, United have only kept two clean sheets, with the second coming in their last game against Brentford last Monday, where a first good performance in a while was turned into a 3-0 win, with Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane grabbing the goals, and are now looking to get a second successive clean sheet for the first time this season.
After a mid-season blip which saw them with one league win in eleven games, Brighton have got their season back on track, winning three of their last five games, with all wins coming up against teams in the top ten, including wins away to both Arsenal and Spurs.
It is Brighton’s home form which has been their weak-spot this season, only winning three of their seventeen home games this season, with their last home victory coming against Brentford on Boxing Day.
The player that allowed Brighton to control the first half of the meeting between the sides earlier this year was Yves Bissouma, who showed his levels compared to the United midfield, as his passing range, along with his high energy style allowed him to take control of the game, and with United’s midfield likely to be similar, he will likely be the player Brighton will look towards to get themselves a result.
For United, with more injuries added to the forward-line, more onus will be put on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been in electric form recently, scoring six goals in his last four appearances, ending his first season back in a United shirt in style.
Graham Potter will be without midfielder Jakub Moder, who caused Untied many problems at Old Trafford, hitting the bar with a long range strike, and he is joined on the side-line by midfielder Enock Mwepu and forward Jeremy Sarmiento.
Ralf Rangnick has added Marcus Rashford to the list of players missing the trip to Brighton, joining Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw, whilst Eric Bailly is a doubt after picking up a back injury. Meanwhile, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to training this week and look to be travelling with the squad.
David De Gea
Diogo Dalot Victor Lindelof Raphael Varane Alex Telles
Scott McTominay Fred
Anthony Elanga Juan Mata Bruno Fernandes
Score Prediction: 1-1