Manchester United suffered their first UEFA Champions League setback of the season on Wednesday night, when Basel beat them late in the 1-0 encounter.
As a result, when the Red Devils return to their chomping grounds of Old Trafford on Saturday, it will be Brighton that will have to immensely worry, as Mourinho’s lads will be eager to leap back into winning ways and score a heap of goals while they are at it.
With the pressure on them to maintain and try to better the widening gap between them and first-placed City, the side will not only be eager to win, but score goals too, lest they manage to tie on points but lose on goal difference as they’ve done painfully in the past.
For a change, Jose Mourinho won’t have a tremendous amount of injuries to fret about as he has been doing for quite a few weeks now, with the return of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcus Rojo complete.
While the Frenchman has been deployed entirely into the fray, it certainly appears that Mourinho will ease the Swede slowly before letting him wreak havoc for the entirety of the ninety minutes. Regardless, it will be pressure off Lukaku, who finally has an alternative striker to do the task at hand.
Meanwhile, judging by how well playing both Lukaku and Rashford worked during their 4-1 triumph against Newcastle, in Brighton, Mourinho might find the ideal side to continue his experiment.
It is confirmed that Jones and Bailly will assuredly miss the fixture, which means that Lindelof will get one more chance to truly prove his worth. Lastly, Michael Carrick isn’t scheduled for a full return yet.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Mkhitaryan, Rashford
Brighton & Hove Albion
9th-placed Brighton and Hove Albion won’t be heading to Old Trafford to gift an easy win either, and will be eager to make the task of the Red Devils a hard one. Further, knowing the Premier League, one shouldn’t be surprised if they manage to sneak away a point or all three either.
The Seagulls don’t have to worry all too much about injuries, as Steve Sidwell is the only player out indefinitely. In fact, manager Chris Hughton will be happy with the way his lads have been playing, particularly with the performances of Glenn Murray up front and the defensive pairing of Dunk and Duffy.
Goalkeeper: M. Ryan
Defenders: Saltor, Duffy, Dunk, Bong
Midfielders: Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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