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Big Match Preview: Manchester United Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion face a daunting start to their Premier League campaign this Sunday when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.

A strong finish to last season saw The Seagulls finish in ninth place, with the Red Devils ending a disappointing sixth.

This summer has seen Brighton lose star players Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma for a combined £90m.

They've added teenage forward Julio Enciso and Ivory Coast winger Simon Adingral to the fold.

Manchester United's new boss, Erik ten Hag, has looked to reshape his squad with the signings of Lisandro Martinez (£57m), Tyrell Malacia (£16m) and Christian Eriksen (free).

They've also allowed ten players to depart, including Jesse Lingard, Edison Cavani, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira.

Injury and suspension news

United's Jadon Sancho has recovered from a pre-season knock and should be available for selection.

Anthony Martial's hamstring injury and Cristiano Ronaldo’s unclear future have conspired to make Alejandro Garnacho a likely started if CR7 isn't deemed fit.

For Brighton, Jakub Moder's long-term knee injury will see him out of action until 2023.

Alexis Mac Allister faces a late fitness test following a lay-off for a groin issue, but is expected to make it.

Possible line-ups

Manchester United (4-2-3-1):

Brighton (3-4-2-1):

Prediction: Manchester United 3 - 1 Brighton

Brighton come into the new season depleted, having lost Player of the Season Cucurella and midfield maestro Bissouma.

A plight unlikely to be aided by a hungry Manchester United with a point to prove this season.


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