Predicted Manchester United XI to face Brighton

Manchester United host Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday looking to kick on in the Premier League.

We have only won three Premier League matches all season and this home fixture is a good chance to get back on track.

Our last Premier League home win was back in early September against Leicester City.

Brighton will be awkward opponents, coming into this game two points ahead of United and they have won three of their last four matches.

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Who’s available?

We have warmed up well with a 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade, but it was not without cost as Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay both picked up injuries.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Maguire should be recover in time but told the club website McTominay is more of a doubt.

He also expressed fears that Victor Lindelöf may not be back from injury in time.

Ashley Young is suspended for this fixture, while Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly also all remain out.

Selection dilemmas

Marcos Rojo has become a really viable option at centre-back and will be needed with Tuanzebe and probably Lindelöf out along with Bailly.

In the event Maguire cannot play, Phil Jones would step in. A lack of central defenders dictate the formation should be a flat back four.

Brandon Williams rested in midweek to keep him fresh for his first Premier League start on Sunday.

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There are another three big selection issue for Solskjaer to consider.

Potential McTominay replacement: We are working on the basis the Scot will not play, although hopefully he will be passed fit.

If he can’t then James Garner could make a first league start, or Andreas Pereira could drop back.

Attacking midfield: Juan Mata staked a claim against Partizan but Solskjaer told the club website he believes that pressing will be key to beating Brighton.

This lends itself more to Andreas Pereira or Jesse Lingard than the veteran Spaniard.

James or Greenwood: Solskjaer has a positive selection dilemma in attack.

Mason Greenwood made a strong case to start against Brighton by linking up so well with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

At the same time Dan James was rested entirely and it is much more likely the Welshman comes back in and his work rate could be very useful to help break Brighton down.

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