Manchester United play host to Brighton at their Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. It has been 33 years since the two teams faced each other in the English top flight and it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration this time out.
For this special we collaborated with Phil McKoy, Manchester United journalist for FootballPredictions.com, to have some extra insights on this game.
Impressive home record
Thanks to a 4-1 win over Newcastle United Manchester United managed to keep their hopes of winning the domestic trophy alive. The Red Devils rolled over Rafa Benitez’s troops at their Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba scoring on his return from injury.
The French midfielder is undisputedly one of key players in Jose Mourinho’s team and all eyes will be on the former Juventus ace when Manchester United faces Brighton on Saturday. The Red Devils have been impressive at the “Theatre of Dreams” so far this season and they will be aiming to keep their 100% record intact when they face the newcomers on Match-day 13.
Romelu Lukaku has been scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season and the Belgian attacker is likely to lead the line for the hosts. The former Everton man scored his eighth goal of the season against Newcastle, thus the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has overcome his long-term injury, but he is likely to start from the bench. Phil Jones is sidelined with a calf injury, but fellow defender Eric Bailly should recover in time to face the Seagulls.
Big fish to fry
Many people expect that Brighton are going to drop to the Championship at the end of the season, but the Seagulls are eager to prove the doubters wrong. Which can be considered as a surprise for many football predictions. The newcomers have been in a fine form in the Premier League of late and they are on a five-game unbeaten run in the English elite division ahead of the trip to Manchester.
Brighton are tough to beat at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired and it is no surprise they are seen as big underdogs in Saturday’s clash.
The Seagulls, though, defeated the likes of West Ham and Swansea City in previous two away games in the national championship and that is giving them a reason for optimism ahead of the Manchester United game. Chris Hughton’s men are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the Old Trafford match, but preventing Jose Mourinho’s troops from scoring is easier said than done.
Midfielder Steve Sidwell remains in the recovery room, but he is the only absentee in the away team. Israel international Tomer Hemed is pushing for a start.
Manchester United vs Brighton prediction
Over the years Manchester United have turned their Old Trafford into a real fortress and seeing that coach Jose Mourinho can count on key players for Saturday’s game against Brighton, there is every chance the Red Devils will stay in the race for the Premier League trophy.
The Seagulls seem to be on top of their game, but they often struggle in matches against top-table sides and they are unlikely to spoil Man Utd’s party at the “Theatre of Dreams”.