Man United travel to the Amex Stadium as the Red Devils look to gain maximum points in their second-last fixture of the season facing Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. Heading on the back of a refreshing victory against Brentford earlier this week, Ralf Rangnick will be keen on securing a Europa League spot, with the team having seemingly improved their overall displays in recent fixtures.
A 3-0 thumping of the Bees at Old Trafford on Monday is expected to have galvanised a United squad lacking in application throughout the season. With Rangnick having seemingly identified a core group of players likely to execute their roles diligently whilst delivering consistent performances, a favourable fixture against Brighton serves as a challenging test for United’s eagerness to improve their displays heading into the final three fixtures of their league campaign.
With players struggling for consistency, Rangnick is expected to field the same XI that saw the Red Devils secure an impressive three points against Brentford at Old Trafford. Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are expected to return to the match-day squad, while Marcus Rashford is ruled out of the game due to illness. Eric Bailly remains in doubt for the fixture, while the likes of Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw remain out of contention for the weekend.
Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Brighton & Hove Albion
David De Gea (GK): Expected to bag United’s player of the season award, De Gea is likely to remain between the sticks on Saturday. Amongst a handful of players having positively contributed to the team’s prospects this season, the Spaniard will be keen on remaining a consistent performer moving forward.
Diogo Dalot (RB): Arguably, United’s most improved player this season, Dalot will be keen on ending the season on a positive over the remaining fixtures. Heading on the back of an energetic performance against Brentford, the full-backs applications across attack and defence could nullify the opposition’s left flank on Saturday. Moreover, having been vital to Rangnick’s tactical set-up since his appointment, Dalot will be keen on cementing his place in the starting line-up under Erik Ten Hag next season.
Victor Lindelof (RCB): Amongst the team’s better-performing centre-backs this season, Lindelof will be keen on retaining his spot in the starting line-up over the remaining fixtures. Having justified his place in defence this season, the Swedish international will be looking to deliver consistent performance heading into the end of the campaign.
Raphael Varane (LCB): A indispensable figure in United’s defensive line, Varane will be keen on ending the season on a positive note over the remaining fixtures. Having registered his first Premier League goal for the Red Devils on Saturday, the Frenchman will be keen on continuing to contribute exemplary performances moving forward.
Alex Telles (LB): A notable performance saw Telles significantly contribute across both sides of the pitch against Brentford. Expected to retain his place at left-back over the remaining fixtures, the Brazilian will be keen on delivering consistent performances until the end of the campaign.
Nemanja Matic (CDM): United’s most impressive contributor in recent weeks, Matic is likely to retain his place in the starting line-up over the remaining fixtures. Having delivered crucial performance in recent weeks, the Serbian will be keen on helping the team secure European football for next season.
Fred (CM): With Brighton expected to deploy a tenacious midfield, Fred is expected to emerge amongst the first names on the Man United team sheet on Saturday. Although having made a solitary substitute appearance since returning from injury, the Brazilian is likely to slot back into the starting line-up against the Seagulls this weekend.
Juan Mata (CAM): Exceptional cameos followed by a start against Brentford has seen Mata deliver impressive performances for the Red Devils in recent weeks. With United facing a side keen on dominating possession, the Spaniard’s technical security alongside his knack for scoring goals could boost the visitors’ chances of securing maximum points on Saturday.
Anthony Elanga (RW): Amongst the team’s most hard-working players on the pitch, Elanga is likely to remain a part of the first-team set-up under the incoming manager. Having received immense praise from Rangnick, the youngster will be looking to continue developing his game moving forward.
Bruno Fernandes (LW): A relatively improved performance saw Bruno Fernandes remain composed and calculative in possession against Brentford. With the team needing an equally better or improved display from the midfielder against Brighton, Fernandes will be looking to deliver disciplined performances over the remaining fixtures.
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Cristiano Ronaldo (ST): United’s most indispensable outfield player this season, Ronaldo will be keen on improving his goal tally over the remaining fixtures. Having been ineffably vital to the team’s prospects this season, the Portuguese striker remains United’s most potent weapon with the aim of securing European football for next season.
Brighton 1-2 Man United
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