Who: Manchester United vs Brighton Hove & Albion
When: Sunday, November 10th @ 09:00am ET
Line: Manchester United -177 | Draw +280 | Brighton +575
Just when things started looking upwards for Manchester United, the drab defeat to Bournemouth brought everything crashing down. The Cherries hadn’t scored a goal/won a game in October, but against United managed to do both. Because of course they did!
It’s one step forward, two steps back for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. At this point, I feel like these types of setbacks will be a regular thing this season. With the International break approaching, a win to calm the nerves would be ideal.
A very competitive Brighton Albion & Hove visit Old Trafford. They’re actually above United in the Premier League table. Not only are they defensively strong, but they’re fearless going forward with quality attackers.
The upside for United is they haven’t won away from home since the opening matchday. As long as they keep a strong defensive shape and convert their chances, a hard-fought win should arrive for the Red Devils.
Manchester United Likely XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, James, Martial, Rashford.
Paul Pogba remains a long-term absentee and Luke Shaw doesn’t seem capable of returning anytime soon. Axel Tuanzebe & Nemanja Matic are also definitely out, but Brandon Williams should start in place of the lacky Ashley Young.
Brighton Likely XI
Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Gross, Propper, Stephens, Trossard, Maupey, Connolly
Brighton don’t really have many injuries, with Jose Izqueidero being the only absentee. Expect them to bring their best to Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Brighton Hove & Albion Preview
The defeat to Bournemouth wasn’t only United’s 4th this campaign (their worst ever start in Premier League history), but it’s the third time they weren’t able to score! With all due respect to the Cherries solid defending, OGS’ side had enough quality to win the match even without Pogba.
The Norwegian has acknowledged a creativity issue, but there are too many problems to single out. With the churn of away games out of the way, United must work hard into improving their home form.
The Old Trafford faithful always act as their 12th man. However, it’s the responsibility of the players to do the work on the pitch. Marcus Rashford & Anthony Martial have created a buzzing partnership upfront. They must look for ways towards linking up better, getting into promising positions as well as really harrying opposition defenders with their unpredictability.
Rashford gets bullied out of games on occasions. He must be stronger. Martial doesn’t work hard enough to grind out goals. He must add more energy to his game to compliment his trickery. The more the weeks go by, the more Daniel James proves an amazing investment for United.
However, the Welshman’s quick running, looping crosses often go in vain. The major issue is United aren’t creating that many chances. As the #10, Andreas Pereira must be more composed picking out those killer passes. Even Fred needs to calm down to see creative opportunities ahead.
While Trent Alexander-Arnold & Andy Robertson are winning games for Liverpool, United’s fullbacks are barely effective. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a colossal defensively (even withstanding his recent mistake), but lacks that fire going forward. Ashley Young is past it. Williams is a tenacious, clever kid who must be encouraged to create more.
But unless United start creating more, Brighton could easily get something out from Old Trafford. Graham Potter’s men are fearless in their own right, loving to control games & work their way into creating.
With new signings Leandro Trossard, Neil Maupay creating the unpredictable cloak around them, youngster Aaron Connolly’s taken the goal-scoring duties off Glenn Murray too. The Seagulls won’t hesitate taking the game to United, attacking with fierce pace & rhythm.
Of course, their attacking mentality can play into United’s hands. The Red Devils love counter-attacking football and their attacking trio are lethal in swift-breaks. However, Potter won’t make it that easy for them. Adam Webster & Lewis Dunk are defensively compact, while their physicality can also cause United all sorts of problems.
After falling off the top-four race again, a win is essential for United to keep up with the top-7. Brighton aren’t the easiest to break down, but the wounded Devils must tap into their ultimate potential to get Old Trafford roaring again.
I think this will be a pretty cagey yet competitive encounter. Knowing Brighton’s struggle away from home & United’s solidity at Old Trafford, I’m calling this to go a 1-0 win for OGS side.