Premier League

Manchester United vs Brighton preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, team news & prediction

Daniel Feliciano
Apr 2, 2021, 12:15 PM GMT+1
Manchester United won the earlier meeting this season 3-2 in a bonkers game
Manchester United won the earlier meeting this season 3-2 in a bonkers game | JOHN SIBLEY/Getty Images

Manchester United look to get back on track in the Premier League after their FA Cup elimination when they take on Brighton at Old Trafford this weekend.

Both teams have won their last two Premier League games in a row, and in doing so Brighton have moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

In an important game at both ends of the table, here is 90min's preview of the clash.

Where to watch

When is the match? Sunday 4th April
What time is kick-off? 19:30 GMT
Where is it being played? Old Trafford
TV Channel: BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee: Mike Dean
VAR: Peter Bankes

Man Utd team news

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has limited attacking options going into this game with Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial all doubtful for the clash. Paul Pogba was able to feature for the national team and completed 90 minutes against Bosnia, so should start. Victor Lindelof left the Sweden camp early to manage his back issue but should be fit to start too.

The manager's big decision is in goal, where both Dean Henderson and David De Gea are available again. Both men will be expecting to start and despite Henderson's good performances recently, it's expected the Spaniard will get the nod.

Dean Henderson, David De Gea
Solskjaer has a big decision to make | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Brighton team news

Brighton are still without Tariq Lamptey and Solly March, but are hopeful of welcoming Adam Webster back after missing the last two months.

Predicted lineups

Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani.

Brighton: Sanchez; Webster, Dunk, White; Groß, Bissouma, Lallana, Moder; Trossard; Welbeck, Maupay.

Recent form

Manchester United

Leicester 3-1 Man United (21/3)
AC Milan 0-1 Man United (18/3)
Man United 1-0 West Ham (14/3)
Man United 1-1 AC Milan (11/3)
Man City 0-2 Man United (7/3)

Danny Welbeck, Javi Manquillo
Welbeck got on the scoresheet last time out | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


Brighton 3-0 Newcastle (20/3)
Southampton 1-2 Brighton (14/3)
Brighton 1-2 Leicester (6/3)
West Brom 1-0 Brighton (27/2)
Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace (22/2)

Man Utd - Brighton prediction

This should be a pretty entertaining game of football to round off your weekend. Manchester United's home form has been iffy this season but they've improved defensively recently, while Brighton have looked to play their style of football no matter what.

With United's injury problems, Graham Potter will feel is a great opportunity to beat the Red Devils. They caused plenty of problems for Man Utd in the first game and were unlucky to come away without a win, never mind a point.

Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred
Pogba's return is a huge boost for Manchester United | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Solskjaer has found a way to get results in games that he's not expected to, but this is a game United should win. Pogba's return to action is a boost but without the pace of Rashford the attack could struggle. It should be a close game but United's added quality should see them nick another close result.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Brighton