Manchester United vs Brighton preview
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Last Updated: 10/11/19 3:32pm
Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Manchester United vs Brighton in the Premier League.
Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire should be fit for Manchester United after picking up knocks in the midweek win against Partizan Belgrade. Victor Lindelof could also return, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did say the defender had not trained this week.
Paul Pogba remains out for the rest of the month along with long-term absentees Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot, Angel Gomes, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly. Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe are expected to miss out too, while Ashley Young serves a one-match suspension after picking up five yellow cards.
Brighton remain without Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo for the game on Sunday while Adam Webster will also miss out after damaging his ankle ligaments in last weekend's game with Norwich City.
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- Manchester United have never lost in their 11 previous home meetings with Brighton in all competitions, winning nine and drawing two.
- Brighton have taken just one point from their 18 available on the road against United in the top flight (W0 D1 L5), earning a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in March 1983.
- The home side has won all four Premier meetings between United and Brighton - no fixture in the competition has been played more while being won by the home side 100 per cent of the time.
- All four of the victories in Premier League meetings between Manchester United and Brighton (two each) have been by a one-goal margin.
- United are unbeaten in their last 41 home games in November since losing 1-2 against Chelsea in 1996 (W34 D7). It's the longest unbeaten home run in a single month in the competition's history.
- Brighton have picked up just one point from their 39 available away against the six ever-present Premier League sides (P13 W0 D1 L12), netting just three goals in those games.
- Since beating West Ham on April 13th, United have won just 15 points in the Premier League (W3 D6 L7), the fourth-fewest of the 17 ever-present teams in that time and one fewer than newly-promoted Sheffield United have won (16).
- Against Norwich, Brighton had two different substitutes (Duffy and Trossard) score in the same Premier League game for the third time since the start of last season - no other team has done so more than once in that time.
- All three of Manchester United's victories in the Premier League this season have seen Marcus Rashford score the winning goal, with two of those winners coming from the penalty spot. Indeed, no player has scored more winning goals than Rashford in the Premier League this season.
Charlie Nicholas' prediction
Normally I think this would be a straightforward win, but it is not as easy as that for this Manchester United team. Brighton are starting to score more openly and are starting to get there. Brighton are more attacking-minded than they have ever been before, so this then becomes an open game.
I do still think that Graham Potter will change his style accordingly. Leandro Trossard came off the bench and made a difference. He is a troubling and exciting player and will cause danger. These are the games that matter for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and you have to win these games to think about the top four again.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)