Premier League matchday 3 kicks off this weekend with Brighton hosting Manchester United at lunchtime on Saturday. Brighton head into the game following an impressive 3-0 win against Newcastle United away. Graham Potter’s side are just as inconsistent as ever. After losing on opening day to Chelsea 3-1, they won 3-0 at St. James’ Park.
Manchester United were shocked at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace last weekend 3-1. It was their first match of the campaign after their opening weekend game was pushed back due to August’s Europa League fixtures. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the verge of a crisis if his team lose for a second straight week.
Following Manchester United’s loss, rumours swirled over coaches Manchester United should pursue to replace the former striker. Solskjaer took some heat off in midweek as Manchester United won 3-0 against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup. Despite dominating the game, the final scored did flatter Manchester United as two goals came in the final two minutes.
Can the Red Devils get a big away win on matchday 3 or will Brighton bag a second straight victory?
Brighton and Manchester United have met seven times since the former were promoted to the Premier League in 2017. The Red Devils have posted a record of 5W-0D-2L over the course of those seven fixtures. Last season, Manchester United won both Premier League matches by a combined score of 6-1.
Their game at Old Trafford finished 3-1 with the Red Devils up 2-0 by halftime. Andreas Pereria and Scott McTominay scored in the first half. Lewis Dunk pulled a goal back before Marcus Rashford killed off the game with a second half strike.
The game at the Amex finished in a 3-0 win for Manchester United. The Red Devils scored twice in the opening half through Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes. Fernades added a third goal in the second half to give Manchester United all three points.
The last four Premier League games between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Four of the seven matches in all competitions between Brighton and Manchester United finished in wins to nil. The teams have played three times at the Amex Stadium against Manchester United since 2017. Two of those three games finished in Brighton wins.
Potter has seven players on his injury list heading into matchday 3. Yves Bissouma will sit out due to suspension while Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone, and Christian Walton are all ruled out with injury for the weekend. Izquierdo is a long-term absentee who missed most of last season.
Aaron Connolly and Dale Stephens are both suffering from tightness and cramp in their thighs. However, both players are likely to make the squad for the game. Exciting full-back Tariq Lamptey is fighting a groin issue. He is likely to play and should help slow down Manchester United in wide areas. Neal Maupay and Connolly scored against Newcastle United at the weekend, and Potter will be desperate to have both in the team on Saturday.
Solskjaer continues to have a nearly fully fit squad to select from. The only two players out due to injury are Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe. Both are long-term absentees. Back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero is not available for selection and is likely to move away from Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.
Solskjaer picked a relatively strong squad to face off against Luton Town at the weekend. With Manchester United only playing once in the league, his decision was mostly based on getting his players fit for the campaign ahead.
Both teams to score - BET NOW
Three of the last four games between Brighton and Manchester United finished with both teams scoring goals. Brighton found the back of the net in their first and second matches in the Premier League. They got a win to nil last weekend versus Newcastle United, but did see both teams score against Chelsea at home. Manchester United’s lone Premier League fixture finished with both teams scoring on matchday 2. The Red Devils looked very vulnerable in defence.
Over 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW
Four straight Premier League matches between Brighton and Manchester United finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The Seagulls should push Manchester United at home. Both Brighton games this season finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They suffered a 3-1 loss to Chelsea and won 3-0 against Newcastle United. Saturday’s game should see goals scored between these two teams. Manchester United average 17 shots per game this season. They should hammer the Seagulls’ goal with shots.
Bruno Fernandes to score anytime - BET NOW
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes scored twice against Brighton last season at the Amex. It was good performance from the midfielder. His two goals were half of his goals scored from open play. Fernandes is Manchester United’s penalty taker. If the Red Devils get a penalty, he will be the one to step up and take it. Fernandes had eight goals last season with 50% of them coming from the penalty spot.
News continues to centre around Manchester United’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. It seems that the media, fans, and the club are focused merely on getting Sancho rather than making the rest of the team better. Crystal Palace exposed Manchester United’s defence issues, just as Sevilla did in the Europa League semifinals. Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, and Harry Maguire were all three very poor versus Crystal Palace.
The trio need to improve against Brighton. The Seagulls should go into the weekend with confidence after winning 3-0 at St. James’ Park. Potter’s team are good enough to get a point at home. However, Manchester United should be far better this weekend. The Red Devils should pick up a win or draw away to Brighton. It will be their fourth straight win against Brighton, if they
The Brighton vs Man Utd match kicks-off at 12:30 on Saturday 26 September.