Manchester United vs Brighton Preview
Manchester United look to get back on track after losing away at Bournemouth last weekend.
- Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
- Time: 9:00a.m.
- Network: NBCSN
- Location: Manchester, England
- Venue: Old Trafford
- Capacity: 74,879
The Season So Far
Manchester United have had an up-and-down season, mostly due to insurmountable injuries. The loss away to Bournemouth last week signaled spite of inconsistency just as United seemed to be getting back on track. However, their convincing 3-0 home win in the Europa League against Partizan Belgrade was a positive sign as Martial, Greenwood, and Rashford all got on the scoresheet. With Paul Pogba and other injured players looking to get back into this United side around the critical December period, things could soon be looking up Solskjaer’s men. As Martial and Rashford are now seeming dangerous when playing together, United now look a threatening side on the attack.
Brighton have had a strong start to the season, manager Graham Potter has gotten his side organized and creating chances on the other end. As the 3-0 home win against Tottenham showed, Brighton are a team not to be slept on. Teenager Aaron Connelly has made a tremendous impact on the first team after coming through the Seagulls’ academy. Brighton currently sit in 8th position, 6 places, and 2 points ahead of Manchester United. The American Express Stadium has become somewhat of a fortress of late so it will be interesting when playing at Old Trafford and how they will be able to cope with the pressures.
Manchester United could be without defensive stalwart Victor Lindelof due to a back injury, with an updated status coming before game time. Scott McTominay may also miss the clash after picking up a knock in midweek. While those two are doubtful, Solskjaer will definitely be without Axel Tuanzebe (hip), Eric Bailly (knee), and Paul Pogba who is looking to return from his knee injury in late-December.
Brighton have no new injury concerns. They are still without Bernardo as he is still nursing his knee injury. The left-back is expected to be back after the international break. Ecuadorian José Izquierdo remains missing from the action with his long-term knee injury.
Facts and Figures
- Manchester United have not lost in their last 11 home games against Brighton in all competitions.
- All four wins between the two sides have been by a one-goal margin.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 41 home games in the month of November since losing 2-1 against Chelsea in 1996. (W34 D7)
Robson’s Prediction for Manchester United vs Brighton
I think Manchester United are entering a hot streak and a win against Brighton will be the beginning of it. Brighton is a well-organized unit and will come with a structured game plan. However, as Martial and Rashford will start together, the best is yet to come from the dynamic duo. United should win this convincingly and close this game out.
Manchester United 3-1 Brighton
Written by Jacob Robson
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