2021-22 Premier League: Week 25 – Manchester United vs Brighton

Manchester United welcome Brighton to Old Trafford in a rearranged Premier League clash.

Victory would see Utd climb above West Ham into fourth whereas Brighton can move above Tottenham into eighth with a win.

 

Team News

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Fred is set to return for Man Utd after recovering from Coronavirus following a period of self-isolation.

Eric Bailly (ankle), Nemanja Matic (shin), Edinson Cavani (groin) and Mason Greenwood (personal) are ruled out.

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns to report after their win at Watford on Saturday.

Enock Mwepu and Jeremy Sarmiento (both hamstring) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Man Utd have won their last five league meetings against Brighton (W5).
  • Brighton have lost all four Premier League visits to Old Trafford (L4).
  • Utd’s Marcus Rashford scored in both league meetings against Brighton last season.
  • Man Utd are looking to avoid drawing three consecutive league games for the first time since November – December 2018.
  • Jakob Moder and Enock Mwepu have both produced more assists than any other Brighton player this season in the league, having both created three assists each.

 

Prediction

Having drawn 1-1 in three straight matches in all competitions, United surely has to be questioning their tactics because for all of their pace in attack, they again failed to build on a one goal lead and were particularly sluggish in defence against Southampton at times on Saturday.

Brighton meanwhile were aggressively fast paced in their win at Watford with excellent play across the pitch on and off the ball, complete with excellent defending when needed to backtrack to cover counter-attacks of which the latter is probably how they need to play this game here.

I therefore am expecting a tough scrap here because Utd surely need to be aware of the Seagulls’ improved quality this season, especially in their attacking ability which should make this a competitive clash where a draw would be a solid result for the visitors.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Brighton

Result: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton 

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