Manchester United will seek to correct their abysmal start to the 2020-21 Premier League in Saturday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, where they’ve lost in two of their last three visits.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were embarrassed to lose 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace in last week’s curtain-raiser, just the third time United have lost a Premier League opener at Old Trafford (1992, 2014).
Donny van de Beek—the Red Devils’ singular summer signing to date—came off the bench to score a solemn consolation against the Eagles, and the Ajax recruit will push for a place in the XI this time.
There’s cause for optimism considering the visitors were 3-0 victors when they travelled to the Amex Stadium in late June, which signaled the beginning of a serious streak in away form, via Statman Dave:
What TV Channel is Brighton-Manchester United on?
Manchester United’s clash to Brighton will be broadcast on NBCSN at 7:30 a.m. ET. You can live stream Premier League matches on fuboTV.
This will be the first of two meetings between these teams over the course of four days, with the top-flight pair also set to meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Both teams beat lower-league opposition in midweek to advance in the tournament; the Seagulls sauntered to a 2-0 win at Preston North End, while United came out 3-0 winners at Luton Town.
Solskjaer will have been pleased to see Marcus Rashford open his 2020-21 account in the latter, while Mason Greenwood also came off the bench to score late after he missed the defeat to Palace.
Many in Potter’s current lineup will remember their most recent win over the Red Devils in August 2018 when goals from Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba weren’t enough to prevent the upset:
How to Watch Brighton & Hove Albion-Manchester United
When: Saturday, September 26
Where: Amex Stadium, Brighton, England
Time: 7:30 a.m. ET/12:30 p.m. BST
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Brighton suffered a 3-1 home loss of their own against Chelsea in Week 1, but Graham Potter’s side made up for that with a more proactive 3-0 triumph at Newcastle United.
Midfielder Yves Bissouma was sent off at St. James’ Park and serves the second match in a three-game ban, while rising star Tariq Lamptey and Dale Stephens are injury doubts.
United have almost an entirely clean bill of health for the trip south excluding defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones. Brighton haven’t proved hospitable hosts towards United in recent years, but an early loss has reminded the Reds of their responsibility to take points from these fixtures if they’re to preserve a place in the top four this season.