MANCHESTER United will be aiming to make amends for a shocking 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace when they take on Brighton at Amex Stadium. The Red Devils failed to make a flying start to the season, but they are still seen as favourites to win Saturday’s football game.
Serbia international Nemanja Matic was not fit enough to play against Palace, but he should play some part in the Amex Stadium clash. England rising star Mason Greenwood is pushing for a start for the visitors as well. The Seagulls, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Chelsea, with the team rolling over Newcastle 3-0 at St. James’ Park. Neal Maupay, who was named the man of the match at the weekend, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Brighton aim to build on a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, but keep in mind that the likes of Andone, Izquiero, and Walton remain in the recovery room. Adam Lallana is rated doubtful for this fixture. Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma will be unavailable to play in this fixture after being sent off in the 3-0 win over Newcastle.
Brighton lost 3-1 to Chelsea on the opening weekend at the American Express Community Stadium. A penalty from midfielder Jorginho and goals from defenders Reece James and Kurt Zouma sealed the victory for Frank Lampard’s side. Belgium international Leandro Trossard scored the goal for Brighton & Hove Albion.
It was a much better result for the Seagulls this weekend as they defeated Newcastle United 3-0 at St James Park. Whenever Tariq Lamptey ran at Newcastle it seemed as if Steve Bruce’s players were operating with their boots laced together. To say the home side were terrorised by Graham Potter’s teenage right wing-back is an understatement. Over the years Brighton have established themselves as a mid-table side in the Premier League, but they produce much better showings at home than on the travels.
Manchester United have stepped up plans to strengthen their defence in the wake of Saturday’s shambolic defeat to Crystal Palace. United accept the need for a new left-back has become more pressing and are receptive to recruiting a centre half before deadline day on October 5. A source close to United’s market activity said there has been a ‘shift’ in their movement over the weekend as United’s preference had been to make defensive signings next summer.
United invested £130million in signing right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and centre-back Harry Maguire last year and placed an emphasis on their attack in the current window. United bought Donny van de Beek from Ajax for up to £40million but the priority position of the right wing is still unoccupied amid protracted negotiations over Jadon Sancho.