Manchester United return to Premier League action after qualifying for the FA Cup semi-finals.
Spirits are high in the camp but the performance against Norwich City wasn’t up to scratch and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made eight games to his line-up for the game. Hopefully against Brighton on Tuesday night we pick up where we left off in the league.
A stunning display against Sheffield United saw the Red Devils win 3-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Anthony Martial, who didn’t start the cup tie on Saturday so he should be fresh.
There will be loads of changes from the win over Norwich and we expect Brighton to provide a difficult test, with the Seagulls beating Arsenal and drawing with Leicester City since the season resumed.
Bruno Fernandes looked tired but his possible stand-ins, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, didn’t have evenings to reflect on positively. Andreas Pereira is another option , or maybe Solskjaer will start Paul Pogba in a more advanced position with Nemanja Matic and Fred/Scott McTominay alongside him in the middle.
Andreas Pereira is an option but one I think we could do without this week. It could be time to trial Pogba in an attacking role, with Fernandes available on the bench if required to change the game,
Predicted United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams; Matic, McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.
While Luke Shaw is probably Solskjaer’s first choice left-back, he hasn’t really impressed me since the return of football and maybe he could do with another push from young Brandon Williams.
The Red Devils have lost their last two games at the Amex, but this will be United’s first visit under Solskjaer and the game will be played behind closed doors.
Pereira, McTomimay and Rashford all scored in a 3-1 win over Brighton at Old Trafford earlier this season. The game finished 3-1 but United should have scored more goals on the day.