Confirmed Manchester United XI v Brighton

Ralf Rangnick has confirmed his Manchester United starting XI to face Brighton in the penultimate Premier League match of the season.

United travel to the Amex Stadium looking to end a run of four straight away defeats in the Premier League.

Confirmed Manchester United XI v Brighton

Starting XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, McTominay, Matic, Mata, Fernandes, Elanga, Ronaldo

Substitutes: Henderson, Maguire, Jones, Fernandez, Lingard, Fred, Cavani, Garnacho, Wan-Bissaka

Confirmed Manchester United XI v Brighton

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The big news is that England international central defender and club captain Harry Maguire is back on the bench instead of Eric Bailly, who Rangnick revealed was a doubt before the game.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on the bench, taking the place of Marcus Rashford, who has picked up an illness and is ruled out.

It does not make sense to rush either Englishman back to fitness with so little to play for so if they do get on here, it can only be assumed that they are fully fit.

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United have gone with an unchanged side to the one which beat Brentford 3-0 on Monday night, in which Juan Mata and Cristiano Ronaldo shone.

Ronaldo has the chance to build on his recent strong goalscoring form as United look to complete the double over the Seagulls.

United’s season is all but over so it would be good to see Alejandro Garnacho and Alvaro Fernandez get minutes at some stage.

That only seems likely to happen if United have a comfortable lead so let’s hope that United can pick up where they left off on Monday.

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