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PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED V ALBION

23 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six matches when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls drew 2-2 with Stoke City on Monday night in front of the television cameras and head into the game against Jose Mourinho’s men off the back of two away wins at West Ham United and Swansea City.

Their opposition ran out 4-1 winners over Newcastle United last Saturday and will be looking to continue their strong home form so far this campaign where they’ve won nine matches out of nine at their home ground in all competitions.

However, a 1-0 defeat to the Champions League to Basel on Wednesday evening was United’s second defeat in three matches.

The match will be Albion's first visit to Old Trafford since their FA Cup meeting in 1993, when Ryan Giggs scored a free-kick to seal a 1-0 victory for the Red Devils.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game at Old Trafford, and he confirmed Steve Sidwell is the only player not currently training with the squad. 

Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick missed Manchester United's trip to Basel on Wednesday.

Centre-backs Jones and Bailly missed last Saturday's win against Newcastle through injury, while Carrick remained sidelined with a calf complaint.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from knee ligament damage off the bench last weekend in the Premier League, as well as against FC Basel, whilst Marcos Rojo returned to the side on Wednesday evening in Switzerland after a long-term injury.

FORM

ALBION:

The Seagulls come into the contest on a good run of form having drawn 2-2 with Stoke City on Monday night at the Amex, twice coming from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils with the Potters. 

Hughton’s men have also won their last two away matches in the league – scoring four goals and keeping two clean sheets in the respective 3-0 and 1-0 wins over West Ham United and Swansea City.

MANCHESTER UNITED:

Jose Mourinho’s men sit second in the table having won all nine of their home matches in all competitions so far this term. But the aforementioned victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford has been sandwiched in between defeats to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the loss against Basel during midweek.

Victories in the league this season have included successes over Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Leicester City and West Ham United all without conceding, and the Seagulls therefore head to the north-west looking to be the first side to take something from a game at Old Trafford this season.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 2
Gross 44
Izquierdo 60

STOKE CITY 2
Choupo-Moting 28
Zouma 45

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert (Schelotto 82), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 83); Gross (Brown 83), Murray.

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Hemed, Goldson, Suttner.

LAST TIME OUT: MANCHESTER UNITED


MANCHESTER UNITED 4
Martial 37
Smalling 45
Pogba 54
Lukaku 70

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
Gayle 14

Manchester United line-up: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba (Fellaini 70), Mata (Herrera 83), Martial (Ibrahimovic 77); Rashford, Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero (GK), Rojo, Shaw, Lingard.

PLAYER TO WATCH: PAUL POGBA

Jose Mourinho broke the world transfer record in August 2016 when he brought the midfielder from Juventus for £93.2m on a five-year-contract, as the Frenchman returned to the club having left Manchester for Turin in 2012.

The midfielder scored his first goal of the 2017/18 campaign at home to West Ham United on the opening day of the Premier League season, before netting away to Swansea City six days later. 

However, a hamstring injury then kept him out for two months as he limped off during the first half of the side’s 3-0 victory over FC Basel, as he left the ground on crutches later that evening.

But he was re-introduced into the side against Rafael Benitez’s men last weekend and got himself on the scoresheet, netting the third goal in the 4-1 win.

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Match Reports

REPORT: MANCHESTER UNITED 1 ALBION 0

25 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens in action.
  • Albion are narrowly beaten at Old Trafford
  • A Lewis Dunk own goal is the only decisive goal of the game
  • The Seagulls pushed hard for a late goal against the hosts
  • Chris Hughton's team are next in action against Crystal Palace


Brighton & Hove Albion’s five-match unbeaten run came to end after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, despite a brave and impressive performance at Old Trafford.

The result was Albion’s fifth defeat of the season, with Chris Hughton’s men unlucky not to claim a share of the spoils, after a composed display in front of 75,108 supporters in the north west.

Hughton made one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Stoke City on Monday night, as Solly March replaced Jose Izquierdo on the flank.

United created the first opporunity of the game when Romelu Lukaku was played in on the edge of the box, but the striker fired wide from the edge of the box.

Pascal Gross then played a lovely through ball to split the United defence in half, but Anthony Knockaert’s subsequent cross flashed across the face of goal.

Gross had a chance to break the deadlock himself, but the German’s shot was comfortably saved by David De Gea.

Anthony Martial showed some neat footwork to weave his way into a shooting position, and took a tumble inside the box, but referee Neil Swarbrick waved on play.

United showed their threat going forward when Juan Mata delivered an enticing cross into the box, which narrowly missed Lukaku.

Valencia then delivered a ball into the box with the Belgian waiting to pounce again, but the latter shot wide.

Hughton’s men could’ve easily taken the lead when the impressive Gross drilled a brilliant set-piece into the box that was flicked on by Shane Duffy, but Glenn Murray narrowly failed to make a connection at the far post.

Mathew Ryan then made a magnificent double save to deny Paul Pogba and Lukaku right before the break from Marcus Rashford’s ball from the right.

Albion started the second half on a positive note when Gross was allowed to do a Cruyff turn inside the box, but Murray was unable to connect with the midfielder’s ball.

Ashley Young had a chance to give United the lead down the other end, but his angled attempt went just wide.

But Jose Mourinho’s men took the lead with 66 minutes on the clock through Young, who latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and saw his shot take a nick off Lewis Dunk before beating Mathew Ryan.

Dunk then broke out of defence and played a one-two with Murray, as Albion went in search of an equaliser, but the defender's rushed shot was blocked in front of goal.

Bruno was next to surge forward after receiving a ball down the line from Knockaert, but the Spaniard's dangerous ball across the face of goal was unable to find an Albion shirt.

The Seagulls huffed and puffed in the closing stages but couldn't quite find a breakthrough of their own, but Hughton's team can take great confidence from their performance, ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Crystal Palace.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Propper Stephens, March (Izquierdo 75); Gross (Brown 88); Murray (Hemed 75).

SUBS NOT USED:  Krul (GK), Goldson, Kayal, Schelotto.

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Ticket News

CHANGE TO MANCHESTER UNITED ON SALE DATE

4 October 2017

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Brighton & Hove Albion fans are advised that the on-sale date for Manchester United away tickets has been brought forward one week to Tuesday 17th October.

This change has been made to try to ensure minimum wait times for supporters when purchasing online and to avoid clashes with other home matches on sale.

The club has received an allocation of just over 3,000 tickets for the game, and these will go on sale at the dates listed below, with the times of 9am and 2pm for online and telephone bookings respectively.

The on-sale dates are as follows, and those season-ticket holders entitled to make a purchase on 17th October are guaranteed a seat, providing they book before 9am on Wednesday 18th October.

On Sale Dates Points Required
Tue 17th Oct STHs with 269+ Points
Wed 18th Oct STHs with 250+ Points*
Thu 19th Oct STHs with 242+ Points*
Fri 20th Oct  STHs with 198+ Points*
Tue 24th Oct All STHs*
Thu 26th Oct Members with 16+ Points*
Fri 27th Oct  All Members*

*subject to availability

For full details including prices please visit seagullstickets.com

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