Brighton v Manchester United: Premier League – live! | Premier League

4 mins: Gross fires the corner long. Dunk rises at the far post but, under pressure from Elanga, can’t meet the ball in any significant fashion. A confident start by Brighton nonetheless.

3 mins: March waltzes down the right and wins the first corner of the afternoon/evening. Brighton play it short and win a second corner.

2 min: Brighton spend the first couple of minutes establishing some passing rhythm. Then Veltman splits the United defense with a pass down the middle for Trossard, who can’t control first time. But the ball breaks to him to the right, and he stands one up for Welbeck, who eyebrows harmlessly wide.

United get the ball rolling… but only after everyone takes the knee to warm applause from all corners of the Amex. There’s no room for racism.

The teams are out! Albion are in their blue and white stripes, while United sport first-choice red. Always an aesthetic treat when both teams can wear their preferred colours, a scene embellished even further by the Saturday sun in a sky so clear and blue. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes.

Ralf Rangnick talks to Sky Sports. “In possession, Brentford was one of our best games. We still had some spaces defensively we didn’t cover at times, but in total it was a convincing performance and we need the same today. We are playing away against a very flexible and technical team, so we need to be compact, and hopefully have our counter-attack moments. It is important the way we perform for the team and our supporters.” As for not popping captain Harry Maguire back into the team? “There was no reason for me to change a team that has just won 3-0.”

Graham Potter speaks to Sky. “Three games to play, and we want to try to compete for all the points. We start today against Manchester United, so it’s going to be an exciting game for everybody, but we want to finish strong. In an ideal world you want to get all your points at home, but it wasn’t to be, so we have to take them away. Forty-four points is good for us, but we want more, so it’ll be nice to get a good couple of performances at home. We’ll do our best.”

Both teams are coming off the back of satisfying three-goal wins, so there aren’t many changes to report. Brighton make one, and it’s enforced: Pascal Gross replaces the injured Enock Mwepu. Manchester United are unchanged. Marcus Rashford is ill, but Harry Maguire, having recovered from a back injury, takes up a place on the bench.

The teams

Brighton & Hove Albion: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Cucurella, March, Bissouma, Caicedo, Trossard, Gross, Mac Allister, Welbeck.
Subs: Lamptey, Webster, Maupay, Lallana, Alzate, Steele, Duffy, Offiah, Ferguson.

Manchester United: de Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, McTominay, Matic, Elanga, Mata, Fernandes, Ronaldo.
Subs: Jones, Maguire, Lingard, Fred, Cavani, Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Fernandez, Garnacho.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Preamble

Manchester United are on a seven-game winning run against Brighton & Hove Albion. If they make it eight in a row against the Seagulls today, they’ll be very close to securing Europa League football for next season. Brighton by contrast have very little riding on this game, though a top-half finish would be nice. They’ve won three of their last five, and are coming off the back of a very impressive 3-0 victory at Wolves. United meanwhile will be buoyed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Brentford at Old Trafford last Monday. Kick off at the Amex is at 5.30pm. It’s on!

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