Bailly in, back to 4-3-3: Predicted Manchester United side to host Brighton

Manchester United will be looking to make it seven wins out of seven under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they host Brighton at Old Trafford this afternoon.
The Seagulls have beaten United at the Amex Stadium in the sides’ two meetings since they got promoted to the top flight, but the Reds have won out in two recent home matches.
It will be a tricky afternoon’s work against a well-organised side, and Solskjaer could well return to the 4-3-3 system which has brought such success – after a brief switch to a narrow diamond to counteract Spurs last time around…

Goalkeeper and back four

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David de Gea was man of the match at Wembley last time around and United will hope he does not need to perform such heroics here.
Ashley Young and Luke Shaw will hope to continue at full-back, although Diego Dalot may hope to get the nod.
Victor Lindelof was imperious against Tottenham and will keep his place here, but Eric Bailly should come in for Phil Jones, after serving a three-match suspension.

Midfield three

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The defensive security afforded by both Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera has allowed Paul Pogba to go on and dictate matches in recent weeks.
A return to the 4-3-3 system should see Pogba continue to roam from the left, while Matic sits in and Herrera shuttles up and down.

Front three

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Solskjaer redeployed his front three at Wembley, shunting Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial wide with Jesse Lingard as a false nine.

But it should be a more conventional setup today, with Lingard on the right, Martial on the left, with Rashford taking up the mantle as the main man through the middle once again.
 

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.