Manchester United welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Old Trafford this evening as the hosts’ pursuit of an unlikely Premier League title continues, while their visitors look to increase the distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are second in the table, 17 points behind leaders and rivals Man City with nine games remaining – but with two games in hand over Pep Guardiola’s side. Brighton, meanwhile, sit in 16th place, five points off the relegation zone with a match in hand over most of their fellow strugglers. While United suffered an FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Leicester City before the international break, they are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight outings, while Graham Potter’s Seagulls are seeking a third straight victory in the Premier League following positive results against Newcastle and Southampton.
United may be lacking a cutting edge this evening, with Anthony Martial sidelined and fellow forwards Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood injury doubts for the fixture. They may be able to count on Edinson Cavani, however, and Bruno Fernandes – a frequent goalscorer from midfield – though Victor Lindelof could miss out in defence. Follow live updates from Manchester United vs Brighton in the Premier League below.
Five of Brighton’s seven league wins this season have come away from home, will they make it six from eight this evening?
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:28
AGUERO TO UNITED?
With Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City in the summer could he make a move to the red side of the city?
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:24
SOLSKJAER ON TEAM SELECTION
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:21
A RETURN TO OLD TRAFFORD
Danny Welbeck could become the first former Manchester United player to score three Premier League goals against them after leaving the club. His previous two came while playing for Arsenal.
Welbeck is also one short of 50 career league goals, 47 of which came in the Premier League.
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:18
THE BRUNO EFFECT
Bruno Fernandes has been involved in four of United’s six goals against Brighton in his two league matches against them, scoring three and setting up one.
Fernandes has scored seven winning goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player. The last player to score more in a season for United was Wayne Rooney, with nine in 2011/12.
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:15
BRIGHTON IN FORM
Brighton could win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2018.
The Seagulls are looking to become the first team since Aston Villa and Chelsea in 2009/10 to win away at both Liverpool and Manchester United in the same Premier League season.
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:10
KEEPING IT TIGHT
Manchester United are looking to keep five consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since August 2017 but all four of United’s Premier League defeats this season have come at Old Trafford.
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:06
MARTIAL OUT FOR SEASON
Here’s The Independent’s Northern Football Correspondent, Mark Critchley, with the full story:
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:02
Manchester United have won five successive meetings, scoring three goals in each of the last four.
Brighton have never won at Old Trafford in 12 visits with two draws and 10 defeats. The Seagulls have lost their last six away games against United.
Michael Jones4 April 2021 19:00
MARTIAL OUT FOR SEASON
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells MUTV that forward Anthony Martial may be out for the rest of the season after he picked up an injury on international duty with France. He said:
Michael Jones4 April 2021 18:55