Who: Brighton vs Manchester United
When: Tuesday, June 30th @ 3:15pm ET
Line: Brighton +415 | Draw +265 | Manchester United -137
After getting back to winning ways following the Premier League restart, Manchester United face an exhausting schedule ahead. With 4 games over the next two-week period, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer need to find that winning momentum if they want a top-4 finish this season.
However, a daunting challenge lies await. Brighton Hove & Albion are no pushovers. They proved that by pulling an upset over Arsenal. As a matter of fact, Brighton are undefeated since the season restart and have only conceded 1 goal in 3 games! Knowing United’s dodgy away form, they’ll have to grind a victory here to maintain their undefeated streak.
Brighton Hove & Albion Predicted XI
Ryan, Lamptey, Scheletto, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Stephens, Bissouma, Mooy, Trossard, Connolly, Maupey
Brighton’s big advantage is that they didn’t have any FA Cup obligations in the weekend & gotten more resting period over the Red Devils. Winger Jose Izquierdo is their only absentee with a long-term injury.
Manchester United Predicted XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial.
Solskjaer will obviously make a string of changes from the side which barely won against Norwich City in the FA Cup. Bruno Fernandes, however, might just start from the bench as he played 120 mins the other day. Phil Jones & Axel Tuanzebe remain the only absentees for United.
Brighton vs Manchester United preview
As it’s been the case too many times this season, United made things too complicated for themselves against Norwich in the FA Cup quarter-finals & had to drag through extra-time before getting the win. That has caused a level of exhaustion to set into certain players, which could cause problems on Tuesday.
Brighton are not one to take lightly. They proved their ability to put any team who disrespects them to the sword with the comeback win over Arsenal. They’re defensively strong, love to bully players with a physical style and aren’t one to park the bus either.
Solskjaer needs to be wary of their threat & set up his side accordingly. Paul Pogba should start after playing from the bench against Norwich, as should Nemanja Matic. However, Scott McTominay could come in for Fernandes just to add that more physical strength and character to United’s game.
That would mean the creative duties falling to Pogba, who’s looked bright since returning. If playing a more attack-minded, free role, the Frenchman can create exceptional chances at ease & even get among the goals.
The main focus will be whether Anthony Martial can continue his heroics from last week. He gave a five-star performance scoring his first-ever career hattrick against Sheffield United, but it’s time to prove consistency. If Martial can find similar spaces, get shots on targets & be as involved as the other day, United can easily penetrate through Brighton’s defence.
Marcus Rashford also needs to rediscover his scoring shoes & capitalize on opportunities after getting into key areas. Mason Greenwood looks like he’s one moment away from something special & must display better decision-making to succeed at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton plays a pretty dangerous form of attacking football, involving slick passing to break through defences. Harry Maguire must organize a disciplined backline and motivate everyone to keep the hosts quiet. If United aren’t error-prone defensively against Brighton, they’re confident enough right now to grind through an away win.
This should be an entertaining encounter with plenty of fiery moments knowing Brighton’s style. I think United have enough momentum and quality to pull off a 2-1 win & continue their winning streak.