Date: Saturday, September 16 – 3:00 PM BST
Location: Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Teams: Manchester United vs. Brighton and Hove Albion
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Red Devils Welcome Seagulls in Crucial Clash in the Race for Europe
Erik ten Hag’s squad has experienced a rather inconsistent start to their campaign in terms of performance. Nevertheless, they have managed to secure six points from three games. They clinched three points in a disappointing display against Wolves and, following a loss to Tottenham, staged a remarkable comeback to secure a 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford after being down by two goals. In their last match before the international break, they conceded two late goals at the Emirates, resulting in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal. While United is yet to hit their stride, it’s worth noting that they faced challenges in the opening matches of the previous season before finishing in third place and winning the EFL Cup.
Mason Mount is uncertain due to injury, having missed the matches leading up to the international break. The midfielder is not expected to return to action until the end of the month. Rafael Verane’s availability remains uncertain, and Luke Shaw is facing an extended period on the sidelines due to a muscle injury. The English international is likely to be out for a few more weeks. New signings Sofyan Amrabat and Sergio Reguilon may make appearances.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton had a fantastic campaign in 2022/23, securing a historic qualification for European competition for the first time in their history. They have continued their strong form, comfortably defeating newly promoted Luton Town and Gary O’Neil’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first two games. However, they suffered a setback with a 3-1 home defeat to West Ham United, despite some promising moments. They bounced back in style, defeating Newcastle United 3-1. If they can manage their Europa League schedule effectively, they appear poised to compete for European qualification once again.
Julio Enciso is sidelined with a torn meniscus, while Danny Welback is doubtful. There is no set return date for the Paraguayan. Long-term injury victim Jakub Moder will continue to be absent. Ansu Fati could make his debut for the club after joining on loan from Barcelona.
Most bookmakers anticipate a closely contested match, with Manchester United holding a slight edge as favorites. Brighton secured a victory at Old Trafford last season, but despite their less-than-stellar performances in their two home games so far, Ten Hag’s side has found a way to secure three points. It’s likely to be a home win, but it will be a tight contest.
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