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Manchester United vs Brighton preview, predictions & team news

By Harry Edwards

Published: 13:28, 10 November 2019 | Updated: 13:09, 27 November 2019

Manchester United will be looking to get their season back up and running yet again when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford at 2pm.

The Red Devils have won just three of their opening 11 games of the Premier League and Man United currently sit 14th in the table, six places and two points behind their opponents this weekend.

After an equally inconsistent start to life in the Premier League, Graham Potter has Brighton playing good football and the Seagulls have won three of their past four games, including a 3-0 victory over Tottenham.

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When is Man Utd vs Brighton and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019

Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A.

Last five meetings: Man Utd vs Brighton

19 January 2019: Man Utd 2-1 Brighton (Premier League)

19 August 2018: Brighton 3-2 Man Utd (Premier League)

04 May 2018: Brighton 1-0 Man Utd (Premier League)

17 March 2018: Man Utd 2-0 Brighton (FA Cup)

25 November 2017: Man Utd 1-0 Brighton (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Man Utd (WLLWW) 7-5 Brighton (LWWLL)

Ones to watch

Man Utd: Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams has played just nine minutes in the Premier League this season but the 19-year-old has been given the nod this afternoon.

With Ashley Young suspended, Williams has been called in at left-back and it would be no less than the academy graduate deserves.

In his six appearances for Manchester United’s first team this season, Williams has been seriously impressive, providing solidity down the club’s left-hand side.

Key stat: Brandon Williams has averaged 2 tackles per 90 minutes in the Europa League this season.

Brighton: Leandro Trossard

Although many negatives have been pointed out about Manchester United‘s season so far, the Red Devils have remained relatively stern defensively. Only Sheffield United, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Manchester United‘s 11 this season.

In order to break down this defence, Brighton will need creative maestro Leandro Trossard to be on top form at Old Trafford.

The Belgian winger has often been the hub of all positivity for Brighton this season, creating the second-most chances of any Seagulls player – 12 in total.

Key stat: Trossard has created more chances per 90 minutes than any other Brighton player in the Premier League this season (3.6).

Team news

Man Utd

Manchester United would have be sweating on the fitness of Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire after the pair sustained knocks in their 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday, but they both start this afternoon.

Victor Lindelof was also a doubt after missing the Partizan game due to a back injury, but he has recovered and will partner Maguire at the back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to stick rather than twist from last weekend’s defeat to Bournemouth, making just the one forced change at the back with Williams coming in.

The Red Devils are without the suspended Ashley Young, who joins the likes of Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly on the sidelines.

Starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams; Fred, McTominay; James, Pereira, Rashford; Martial.

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Brighton will be without Adam Webster for their trip to Old Trafford this afternoon after he picked up an ankle injury in their win over Norwich last week.

The defender joins Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo on the sidelines, but Leandro Trossard starts at Old Trafford after coming off the bench to score against Norwich.

Potter has opted for a 4-2-2-2 formation, with Dale Stephens and Davy Propper holding the fort in the middle of the park, while Trossard and Steven Alzate will look to support Brighton’s two-man strikeforce of Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly.

Pascal Gross can only settle for a place on the bench, but will certainly come on at some stage, especially if Potter finds his side chasing the game.

Starting XI: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Burn; Stephens, Propper; Alzate, Trossard; Maupay, Connolly.

Squawka prediction

Manchester United have been a strange side this season, not really wanting to hit a run of form. The Red Devils are yet to string back-to-back Premier League wins together and must start again after last weekend’s defeat to Bournemouth.

And it will not be easy for them this weekend against a Brighton side that have won three of their past four games.

However, the Seagulls have never won at Old Trafford and, having already lost an unbeaten Premier League home record to Crystal Palace this season, United will be keen to keep that particular run going.

Scoreline prediction: Man Utd 1-0 Brighton