Football   |   September 26, 2023

Antony Delays Old Trafford Return: Man United vs. Brighton Team News and Predictions  

Manchester United will face Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford in the Premier League Matchday 5. The fixture is set to kick off on Saturday at 3.00 pm, 16th September 2023 (UK time) at Old Trafford, Machester, England. 

The Red Devils suffered their second loss this season against the Gunners at Emirates, while the Seagulls secured their third league win against Newcastle United at American Express Community Stadium. Roberto De Zerbi’s side is currently in the 6th position, while United is ranked 11th. 

Antony will not train or be considered for selection in the upcoming fixtures following the recent sexual accusations made against him. The Brazilian agreed to take a period of absence to address the allegations against him. 

Manchester United vs. Brighton Team News

Manchester United issued a statement that Antony won’t return to Old Trafford until further notice. The 23-year-old Brazilian was also dropped out of the national team squad after the assault allegations were charged against him by his ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavalin. 

Erik Ten Hag is left short of right-wingers following the move of Mason Greenwood to Getafe. Also, Jadon Sancho will not be in the squad after the manager called him out publicly as the last attempt to get the best out of him. Erik ten Hag is expected to view Sancho’s statement on social media as challenging his authority. 

Jadon Sancho seems behind Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri in the pecking order. Manchester United has several first-choice missing players. Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are two left-backs missing out on the upcoming fixtures. Tom Heaton, Kobbie Mainoo, Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, and Amad Diallo also have injuries. Mason Mount hopes to return from injury for the match against Bayern Munich.

Roberto De Zerbi’s side has no major injuries, with only Jakub Moder and Julio Enciso out. However, on-form striker Evan Ferguson suffered a knee injury and was ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s two Euro 2024 qualifying fixtures. The 18-year-old might not be fit for the trip to Old Trafford.

Manchester United vs. Brighton Head-to-Head

The Seagulls have secured 3 wins in their last six Premier League encounters with the Red Devils. Manchester United also managed to get 3 wins out of the six fixtures. The total number of goals tallied in the 6 fixtures was 18. The fixtures were as follows:

  • 04th May 2023 | Premier League | Brighton 1 – 0 Manchester United 
  • 07th August 2022 | Premier League | Manchester United 1 – 2 Brighton
  • 07th May 2022 | Premier League | Brighton 4 – 0 Manchester United
  • 15th February 2022 | Premier League | Manchester United 2 – 0 Brighton
  • 04th April 2021 | Premier League | Manchester United 2 – 1 Brighton
  • 26th September 2020 | Premier League | Brighton 2 – 3 Manchester United  

Manchester United vs. Brighton Tips and Predictions

  • Brighton & Hove Albion have scored in the last fifteen (15) away fixtures. 
  • Manchester United are unbeaten (won all) in their last eight Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford. 
  • Brighton won all Premier League fixtures against Manchester United last season.
  • Erik ten Hag’s side has conceded in 3 of their previous four Premier League fixtures at ld Trafford while scoring.

Brighton & Hove Albion are somewhat clear favorites to win the clash against Manchester United. Last season, they did it both at home and on the road. However, the Red Devils also stand a chance to secure the three points, considering having the best unbeaten record at Old Trafford. 

Both sides have the quality to break through by tallying goals; therefore, a bet on both teams to score (BTTS) is possible. We predict Manchester United to win at home with a margin of one goal. 

What’s Next 

The Red Devils will visit Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League | Group A | Matchday 1 of 6 |. Manchester United will face the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday night, 20th September (kick-off time at 8:00 pm). The Seagulls will host AEK Athens at American Express Community in the UEFA Europa League | Group A | Matchday 1 of 6 |. The fixture will take place on Thursday, 21st September (kick-off time at 8:00 pm).

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