19th August, 2018
Manchester United face Brighton in an away match in a few hours time in a Premier League feature which is a must win for the Jose Mourinho side if it really wishes to be counted among the title contenders in England for this season.
The team began its campaign in the new season on a positive note by beating beating Leicester City in their first match of the season last week at Old Trafford but internal squabbles seem to be threatening it more than the strength of the opponents as it stands for now.
The main figures in this matter of course are Manager Mourinho and stand-in captain Pogba.
Their opponents in today’s game, Brighton is a side that needs to sit up fast after suffering a disappointing start to their season as they lost out 2-0 to Watford and will surely hope they can reverse their form in their first home game.
Team News For Both Sides:
Manchester United have no fresh injury worries to report.
The team should be welcoming back Romelu Lukaku & Jessie Lingard after their World Cup break with Lukaku expected to be in line for a start leading the attack in Brighton.
It will be interesting to see if Paul Pogba will be handed the captain’s armband for a second consecutive game, especially after his comments about the harmony in the squad.
Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia returned to training on Thursday but are not likely fit to be selected yet.
United’s new summer signing Fred impressed on his Premier League debut against Leicester as he was at his marauding best at times and will be looking to continue his solid start for the Red Devils.
Fred is expected to play at the base of a three-man midfield and will be charged with breaking up the play and kick-starting United attacks on the break.
On the other side of the divide, things are not looking too good for the Brighton side as they will be playing without their without captain Bruno.
He injured his hamstring during the opening-day defeat at Watford and could be replaced by deadline-day signing Martin Montoya, who is now available to make his debut.
Then there is the case of Florin Andone remains out with a groin injury. Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo will likely not be involved as he is just returning to fitness after the World Cup.
Likely Team List For Both Sides:
BRIGHTON SQUAD: Ryan, Button, Steele, Bernardo, Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun, Schelotto, Suttner, Montoya, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Hemed, Murray.
MANCHESTER UNITED SQUAD: De Gea, Grant, Darmian, Shaw, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Bailly, Pogba, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Sanchez, Rashford, Lukaku.