After suffering a couple of defeats, Manchester United will be eager to get back on track when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The international break has ended, and clubs can now focus on their regular business. The fifth week of the Premier League will begin this weekend, with the match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion taking place on Saturday.
The Red Devils were hoping to start the 2023/24 season with a strong performance following their successful 2022/23 campaign. Unfortunately, they have struggled to make an impact so far, with just two wins in four games. It is not ideal for Erik ten Hag and his team, especially considering the issues they have been experiencing.
Manchester United’s rival, Brighton & Hove Albion, has been one of the early leaders in the Premier League. The Seagulls, on the other hand, have lost one match during the early stages of the season. Nonetheless, they have been one of the most prolific teams in the league so far, winning three out of four games.
The last time these two teams faced off was in the 2022/23 season, when Brighton & Hove Albion secured a 2-1 victory over Manchester United. The Hard Tackle looks into the match between these two clubs.
Manchester United vs Brighton Head to head
Over the past five meetings, Brighton have won three. One of these was a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, which was Ten Hag’s first Premier League match in charge. In May, they secured a hard-earned win at home against a team that was struggling at the time, with a late penalty from Allister securing a win. The most impressive result was a 4-0 triumph over United in 2022 when Rangnick was still in charge.
Manchester United vs Brighton Prediction
Both teams play attractive football, and the chances of scoring will be numerous. The home side is likely to be more dangerous on the counter-attack, while the visitors will be vulnerable at the back. Marcus Rashford and Hojlund will cause problems for the visiting side all afternoon.
Manchester United have many weaknesses, and they will be exposed once again at home. If not for the presence of Amrabat, Brighton will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that they will get. The atmosphere at the stadium will be electric, and the players will be motivated by the crowd’s support. Both teams are expected to score, but a draw is the most probable outcome.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus