Manchester United return to action this weekend with a score to settle, and an impressive record to protect.
Erik ten Hag has two very big achievements during his time at Manchester United. The first can never be taken away, winning a trophy in his first season with the Red Devils.
The Carabao Cup run came supported by the second of Ten Hag’s achievements, a stunning home record.
While we all know how bad United’s away record is against top teams, the Red Devils home record under Erik ten Hag is magnificent.
Manchester United home record
Manchester United are now 31 games unbeaten at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag. It is a record which stretches across four competitions, and could soon encompass the Champions League too.
Beforehand, United must compete against the only team to win at Old Trafford against Erik ten Hag, Brighton and Hove Albion.
Brighton beat United 2-1 on the opening day of the 2022/23 season, in Ten Hag’s first ever Premier League game.
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The Seagulls have become an even more dangerous team since then, replacing manager Graham Potter with Roberto de Zerbi, and they demolished Newcastle 3-1 in their last match.
Saturday’s 3pm kick-off at Old Trafford is a real threat to Manchester United’s unbeaten record. A draw would maintain this – but it would still feel like a disappointing result.
While United beat Brighton on penalties in the FA Cup semi-final, the Red Devils have not beaten Brighton over 90 minutes in four matches, which include three defeats.
Manchester United XI for Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game
Manchester United’s line-up has undergone an evolution since Erik ten Hag selected his first game in charge.
Here is a look at the XI: De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Sancho, Eriksen, Rashford.
Some of these players have been let go, while others no longer command a starting spot, or are out with injury.
Of these players, only Martinez, Fernandes, and Rashford are guaranteed to play. Dalot and Eriksen could, if selected.
Ten Hag will select his strongest possible available XI to face Brighton. He will need to, against a dangerous side who have a taste for beating United and would love to snap the team’s unbeaten record.