Predicted Lineups: Probable Lineup for Manchester United Against Brighton

Arlo Gibbons


Manchester United will be looking to repeat their FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton when the two teams clash again on Thursday. The two sides have an equal record so far this season, with the Wembley triumph cancelling out Brighton’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season.

Ahead of the game, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has outlined his tactics and starting line-up. In goal, David de Gea is the undisputed starter. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will play as right-back and is expected to neutralize Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma, just as he did in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Victor Lindelof, who scored the winning penalty in the semi-finals, is slotted in as one of the central defenders, along with Luke Shaw. Tyrell Malacia is expected to play as left-back. The midfield will consist of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, while Marcel Sabitzer will play as the attacking midfielder.

Bruno Fernandes is expected to play as a right midfielder and will be expected to step up his game, especially after a lacklustre performance from him in April. Antony will start as the left midfielder, replacing Jadon Sancho. The striker’s position will be held by Marcus Rashford.

Brighton is one of the strongest teams in midfield, which is why Casemiro, with his vast experience, is expected to win the midfield battle. Also, Marcel Sabitzer, who emerged as a regular starter under Erik ten Hag, may have earned himself a permanent move to Manchester United.

Ten Hag’s tactics suggest an attacking formation, with a focus on impregnable defence and quick counterattacks. This could enable Manchester United to exploit Brighton’s weaknesses. Rashford and Fernandes, in particular, could pose a significant threat to Brighton’s defence.

All in all, it will be a crucial game for Manchester United as they try to secure a place in the Champions League. They have been performing consistently well lately, with solid victories against Aston Villa and Granada in the Premier League and Europa League respectively. Winning this game against Brighton will boost their hopes of finishing strongly, and secure a place in the top four.


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