Preview: Manchester United face Brighton after international break

Manchester United host Brighton in the Premier League in just under a week, in what presents the first game back for the Reds after the international break.

The team has been a mixed bag this season – from getting knocked out of the Champions League group stages to spending a brief period on top of the Premier League, you just don’t know what you are going to get from this United side.

After booking their place in the Europa League quarter-finals, United suffered a knockout blow in the FA Cup against Leicester before some of the players left for international duty.

The Reds will hope that game time during that period will help the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial push on and hopefully reach top form before the season ends. It’s a good time to indulge in some online sports betting for the upcoming European Championships and I reckon the World Champions will go all the way.

Even with a Europa League tie against Granada on the horizon, there’s no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will do all he can to secure second place in the Premier League, albeit with stiff competition from Leicester City who take on league leaders Man City this weekend.

It will be interesting to see who Solskjaer selects between the sticks.

Dean Henderson had a run of games before the international break after David de Gea was permitted extra paternity leave to spend valuable time with his wife and firstborn.

It could signal the end of De Gea if he doesn’t start this weekend, but that is not going to surprise many United fans. A decision is likely to come this summer on who will be number one next season and I think it’s time for change.

Our defence will be the usual – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw – unless any of Solskjaer’s preferred back four sustain injuries while away with their national teams.

A game like this should see United dominate all over the pitch, especially against lesser opposition at home. There’s no need to set up defensively in midfield when we’ve got the attacking players to destroy teams like Brighton, so it would be nice to see something different this weekend.

Anthony Martial reportedly suffered a knock in France’s 2-0 win over Kazakhstan, in a game he created an assist for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele to open the scoring.

Edinson Cavani should be ready to return to the start line-up and that would be a big boost for the Red Devils. Brighton are sixteenth in the table after conceding 36 goals in 29 games.

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