Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Preview & Potential Line-ups
Manchester United's 2022/23 Premier League season gets underway on Sunday as Brighton & Hove Albion arrive at Old Trafford for an exciting curtain-raising fixture.
After an underwhelming sixth-place Premier League finish last season, Man Utd severed ties with interim boss Ralf Rangnick in favour of Erik ten Hag.
It will be up to the former Ajax manager to orchestrate the Red Devils' comeback following an eye-catching recruitment programme over the summer.
Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia have joined the three-time European champions, with ten Hag still hopeful of reuniting with his ex-Lancers pupil Frenkie de Jong.
While waiting for Barcelona's response, Man Utd will be keen to replicate last season's ferocious start to the season that saw them humble Leeds United 5-1 at home.
But Brighton's maiden top-half Premier League finish last season suggests the Seagulls could give the Theatre of Dreams crowd a run for their money.
Not even the most optimistic Man Utd fans have yet to forget last season's humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Graham Potter's men as we take a look at this one.
Despite the abovementioned fiasco in their most recent Premier League meeting with Brighton, the Red Devils have never lost a competitive home game against this opposition (W12, D2).
Yet, under no circumstances can Man Utd afford to get complacent, especially after rounding off the previous league season with one win from six matches (D1, L4).
Indeed, back-to-back defeats to cap off an abysmal 2021/22 Premier League campaign put them at risk of losing three consecutive league outings for the first time since December 2015.
Brighton & Hove Albion
A piece of history is up for grabs as the Seagulls target their first-ever victory at Old Trafford on the back of an exciting recruitment campaign over the summer.
Inspired by the arrivals of Julio Enciso and Deniz Undav, Brighton will be looking to build on a strong finish to the 2021/22 Premier League season that saw them lose just one of their final nine league fixtures (W5, D3).
However, the departures of Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma could douse the optimism in the visiting camp, even though their impressive road form last season contributed to 57% of their total league points.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Tyrell Malacia, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot; Scott McTominay, Fred; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brighton & Hove Albion (3-4-2-1): Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster; Tariq Lamptey, Enock Mwepu, Moises Caicedo, Solly March; Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Gross; Neal Maupay.