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Man Utd vs Brighton: Predictions
With Man City running away with things at the summit, now 14 clear of second, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can focus on securing Man Utd a top-four finish while preparing his side for a Europa League quarter-final tie against Granada, but first, attention shifts to Brighton this weekend.
It was a manic, pell-mell occasion the last time these sides met in the league, with Man Utd ultimately coming out on top in a five-goal thriller at the Amex, despite Brighton hitting the woodwork four times and the referee already blowing his whistle to signal full-time with the scores level.
Upon a post-match review, VAR determined that Neal Maupay handled the ball in the box just before the whistle blew, and so, play was brought back to life and Bruno Fernandes subsequently tucked home from 12 yards, closing the chapter on one of the Premier League’s most exhilarating contests.
Graham Potter will be hoping his side can show that same level of bite and desire at Old Trafford this weekend, but will be careful to avoid a repeat of one or two defensive mishaps. His side have navigated a route away from relegation danger in recent weeks and are now going in search of a third successive win.
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Man Utd vs Brighton: Match Stats
Bruno Fernandes was the Brighton villain back in September, with his last-gasp match-winner the first of seven in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the division. The Portuguese regularly digs his teammates out of trouble, and given his record against the Seagulls — three goals and one assist in just two games — the prodigious playmaker could yet have the final say once again.
In recent years this is a fixture where goals certainly do not come at a premium, in fact, they’re usually ten a penny where both managers are concerned. Across the past six matches — including the 3-0 League Cup win for Man Utd in September — there have been over 2.5 goals, the perfect playing field for someone of Fernandes’ predatory instincts.
26 Sep 2020 – Brighton 2-3 Man Utd – Premier League
30 Jun 2020 – Brighton 0-3 Man Utd – Premier League
10 Nov 2019 – Man Utd 3-1 Brighton – Premier League
19 Jan 2019 – Man Utd 2-1 Brighton – Premier League
The Amex has been a happy hunting ground for Man Utd in recent seasons, with the club netting a grand total of nine goals across their last three visits, spreading across just three months, with that double-header in September an exceptionally fruitful four-day period for the North West club. Old Trafford, likewise, has proven fecund soil for goalmouth action, with the club enjoying a 3-1 triumph last season, and Solskjaer will be hoping for a similar result.