Manchester United switch their focus back to chase Champions League football next season when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night in the Premier League encounter.
The Red Devils go into the game fresh off the back of reaching a record 30th FA Cup semi-final, but face a Brighton side in encouraging form themselves since the restart.
Manchester United will come up against an extremely tricky opponent with Seagulls beat Arsenal 2-1 in their first game back and followed that up with an impressive 0-0 draw against Leicester City. With six points now separating them from the relegation zone, Graham Potter will be eager for his side to finish the job and secure Premier League safety.
Brighton defender Adam Webster was forced off in last week’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City due to a hamstring problem and will be assessed before the Manchester United fixture, while Jose Izquierdo, who suffered a knee injury last May.
Tariq Lamptey impressed on his Seagulls debut in the same game and is fit to feature despite requiring stitches in a facial wound suffered during the match but Steven Alzate could be back in contention.
Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are the only lingering injury doubts for Manchester United, while Daniel James and Harry Maguire are each one yellow card away from suspension.
Head to Head
The two sides have met five times in the Premier League, with United winning three times and Brighton twice.
The Red Devils beat the Seagulls 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season, but the teams’ last meeting at the Amex back in August 2018 ended 3-2 in favor to Brighton.
Both sides are yet to taste defeat following the Premier League’s restart, with Brighton snatching a win against Arsenal and holding Leicester to a stalemate.
Manchester United bagged victories against Sheffield United and Norwich in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively and split the points with Spurs in a 1-1 draw.
Brighton possible starting lineup: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Stephens, Bissouma; Connolly, Mac Allister, Mooy; Maupay.
Manchester Utd possible starting lineup: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Scoreline Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Manchester United