Predicted Manchester United XI v Brighton

Manchester United face an in-form Brighton on Saturday, looking to end a worrying run of away results.

Since beating Leeds at Elland Road, United’s last four Premier League away games have seen defeats against Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal, conceding 12 goals in the process, scoring only twice.

Brighton are playing well at present, beating Wolves 3-0, also defeating Arsenal and Tottenham, although they did lose to City.

United’s last league visit to Brighton was a memorable one, winning 3-2 with a penalty from Bruno Fernandes after the final whistle

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Predicted Manchester United XI v Brighton

Our predicted Manchester United XI v Brighton this weekend is made a little easier by United winning comfortably against Brentford in midweek, securing a 3-0 victory.

United welcomed Harry Maguire back to first team training this week along with Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, with a clean sheet this week, we would anticipate the defence stays the same.

This would mean a back four of Alex Telles, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane and Diogo Dalot, with David de Gea in goal.

Fred came off the substitutes bench against Brentford to make his return to action, and the Brazilian is likely to resume his partnership with Scott McTominay in central midfield, with Nemanja Matic dropping out of the starting XI.

Bruno Fernandes returned to the scoresheet in midweek for the first time since February, and he will surely keep his near ever-present status among the starters as he looks to haunt Brighton again. He has started 33 of a possible 36 Premier League games so far this season.

It could be that Fernandes’ improved performance in midweek was partly due to Juan Mata being in the side. The Spaniard was excellent and surely did enough to retain his place. Mata would start centrally, with Fernandes drifting in from out wide, like at Old Trafford.

A continually improving Anthony Elanga is also likely to start this game, ahead of Marcus Rashford who is ill. Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line, as he looks to build on his 24 goals this season.

Edinson Cavani may be available but the best he can hope for is a place on the bench.

It’s possible United involve Hannibal, Alvaro Fernandez, or Shola Shoretire, however, it is unlikely Alejandro Garnacho will play, even if he travels, with the FA Youth Cup final being held next Wednesday night.

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