Manchester United’s visit to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday could say a lot about their suitability for a Premier League title bid. Though they have made Old Trafford an imperious stadium once again, it is the away form of Jose Mourinho’s men that has let them down, and they lost five times on the road last season, but still recorded their best finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Last week’s home 2-1 victory over Leicester City was impressive in parts, but they had some nervy defensive moments as well as conceding possession too readily. Ahead of facing Tottenham Hotspur on 27th August, then, it is crucial that United keep their winning momentum going. Their squad will be strong on the south coast with Romelu Lukaku in line to start for the first time this season, and Paul Pogba – who produced a man of the match performance against City – fresher after a week’s rest.
One player that seems certain to start is Luke Shaw after the left-back scored the first goal of his career, while Andreas Pereira and Fred seem to have developed a strong understanding on and off the pitch and will play due to Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic’s injuries.
Brighton finished an impressive 15th in their first Premier League season but after a low-spending summer transfer window compared to their rivals avoiding relegation once more will be tricky. The Seagulls lost 2-0 to Watford last weekend to emphasise this point and Chris Hughton’s schedule does not get any easier with Liverpool on the horizon after United.
The final day of the 2017/18 campaign saw Albion beat United 1-0, so another surprise result cannot be ruled out. The game odds at Tipbet.com have United at 1.80 to keep their 100% record, and there are also generous odds on the correct number of goals that will be scored.
The home side are at 5.00 and if they can be solid defensively then a draw (3.50) is not out of the question, though they may struggle to test David de Gea. Register for an account today to get generous promotions.