17th of January 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
Manchester United are looking to collect their seventh consecutive victory under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they host Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday. The reverse fixture does not bring happy memories for the Red Devils, they lost 3-2 at Brighton in August and the goals from Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba only made the result less humiliating. Glenn Murray, Pascal Gross and Shane Duffy scored for the Seagulls on that occasion. That was the second consecutive home victory over Manchester United for Brighton, but the Red Devils have defeated them in the last two meetings at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are doing great under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the Norwegian manager is surely hoping to earn a long-term contract for himself at the end of the current season. The Red Devils have won six matches out of six in all competitions since he took charge, including last weekend's 1-0 victory at Tottenham. That result brought Manchester United closer to the top four, they are now tied with Arsenal in fifth place and six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Marcos Rojo is still sidelined for the home side, but Alexis Sanchez should be able to make the bench. Eric Bailly is available again after having served his three-match suspension.
Brighton are having a pretty quiet season so far, they are a solid team and should be able to finish above the relegation places once again. They are in thirteenth place at the moment, with a good eight-point cushion between them and the relegation zone, and they always seem to grab a few points here and there to maintain their position. Last weekend they fought hard but lost 1-0 at home to leaders Liverpool, a result which ended their three-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League. They have also advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth. Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo are still out injured, while Mat Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are at the Asian Cup.
Man United: De Gea - Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw - Herrera, Matic, Pogba - Lingard, Rashford, Martial
Brighton: Button - Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong - March, Stephens, Propper, Locadia - Gross - Murray
My prediction: Manchester United to win 2-0, the Red Devils should be able to find a way past a defensive-minded Brighton.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Man United win - 1.28
Draw - 5.00
Brighton win - 11.00
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United keep winning under Solskjaer(that's been their 7th straight in all tournaments) but they allowed a lot of chances in front of their goal in those games and the last 2 or 3 could of been easily out of their control if the opponents was able to score in at least the half of the opportunities they've got.
Solskjaer have done a great job to raise the team spirit and bring back the joy from the game in players but I think lately the team regressing in form and if that continues the poor results would come quite soon...maybe a lot sooner than most of the people expect in fact.
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