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PREVIEW: BISSOUMA DOUBTFUL FOR OLD TRAFFORD TRIP

17 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
A decision will be made on the fitness of Yves Bissouma ahead of Albion's visit to Old Trafford.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to end Manchester United’s six-game winning streak when they visit Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, kick-off 3pm.

The Red Devils have won every game since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm — becoming the only manager in United history to win his first six matches in charge.

But Chris Hughton’s team can take confidence from their 3-2 victory over Saturday’s opponents at the Amex Stadium back in August, and also their encouraging displays at Old Trafford last season.

The Seagulls were narrowly beaten last time out against Premier League leaders Liverpool, while Solskjaer’s side secured a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Yves Bissouma is a doubt ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, and the Malian's involvement depends on whether he trains with the squad of Friday.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Maty Ryan are both away at the Asian Cup, while Bernardo (hamstring) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) will both miss the game through injury.

For United, Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and Chris Smalling (foot) are both doubtful for Saturday’s game, while Marcus Rojo continues his recovery from injury and will miss the match.



FORM

The Seagulls strung together four unbeaten matches before their slim defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders last weekend, a game only decided by a penalty kick.

Albion secured a point against Arsenal on Boxing Day before taking all three points against Everton a few days later, as Jurgen Locadia struck the winning goal on the south coast.

A 2-2 draw at West Ham United followed, after taking a 2-0 lead against the Hammers, and Hughton’s men then secured their place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth.

The Red Devils have been in inspired form under the guidance of fans’ favourite Solskjaer, playing attractive, attacking football in his opening six matches in charge.

An emphatic 5-1 victory at Cardiff City kicked off the Norwegian’s reign, which was then followed by comfortable successes against Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth.

Away victories to Newcastle United and Tottenham came either side of a 2-0 win against Reading in the FA Cup, as the Manchester club recorded three consecutive clean sheets.

LAST TIME WE MET

After sealing Premier League survival with a 1-0 win over United in their final home match of the 2017/18 season, the Seagulls recorded another victory over the Red Devils in their opening match at the Amex this season.

Glenn Murray broke the deadlock with a classy finish in the 25th minute, before Shane Duffy powered home a second for Hughton’s side to give them a two-goal cushion before the half-hour mark.

Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit in the 34th minute, but Pascal Gross restored Albion’s comfortable advantage from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

Albion defended well to protect their lead in the second half, and despite a stoppage-time penalty from Paul Pogba, maximum points remained on the south coast after the final whistle was blown.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

LIVERPOOL 1
Salah 50 pen

Albion line-up: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper, Gross (Kayal 79); March (Knockaert 66), Murray (Andone 66), Locadia.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Balogun, Bruno, Sanders.



LAST TIME OUT: MANCHESTER UNITED

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0

MANCHESTER UNITED 1
Rashford 44

Manchester United line-up: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Pogba (McTominay 90+2), Herrera; Martial (Lukaku 73), Rashford, Lingard (Dalot 83).

Subs not used: Romero (GK), Pereira, Fred, Mata.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Paul Pogba

The French midfielder has been in excellent form since Solskjaer returned to Old Trafford, scoring four goals and claiming four assists in his last five Premier League outings.

Pogba fired doubles against Huddersfield and Bournemouth in consecutive matches, contributing towards the 15 goals United have scored in the same time they’ve accumulated as many points.

Not only does the World Cup winner cover a lot of ground, his creativity in recent matches has been imperative to his team’s impressive form, most recently picking out Marcus Rashford with a sublime pass for the striker’s goal against Spurs.

SIR MATT BUSBY TRIBUTE

 

Albion fans are asked to join their Manchester United counterparts in a minute’s applause in tributes to Red Devils legend Sir Matt Busby, to mark 25 years since his passing.

Busby led United to their first European Cup success, having survived the Munich air crash ten years earlier. This week United unveiled a mural above the statue of Busby which stands outside Old Trafford.
 
Alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, Busby is regarded as one of club’s and football’s best-ever coaches. He won five First Division titles in addition to the European triumph. 

 

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Match Reports

REPORT: MANCHESTER UNITED 2 ALBION 1

19 January 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Davy Propper battles for the ball against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
  • Albion are beaten 2-1 by Manchester United
  • Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford on target for the hosts
  • Pascal Gross replies for the Seagulls
  • Albion are next in action against West Brom in the Emirates FA Cup

Brighton & Hove Albion left Old Trafford empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Paul Pogba’s penalty and Marcus Rashford’s finish gave United all three points, but a Pascal Gross consolation strike set up a nervy finish as Albion more than held their own against their illustrious opponents.
 
Chris Hughton named an unchanged line-up from the side that lost 1-0 to Liverpool last week, but there was one change on the bench with Viktor Gyokeres replacing Max Sanders.
 
United had a chance with a set piece inside the opening three minutes, but the Albion wall stood firm to thwart Pogba.
 
Down the other end, Solly March and Gross linked up well to tee up Jurgen Locadia, but the Dutchman’s deflected effort fell into David de Gea’s grasp.
 
In a lively opening ten minutes, Pogba strode into space and saw his curling strike go over the crossbar. Ashley Young then played an out-swinging corner to Victor Lindelof, but the
Swede’s header went wide.
 
The Seagulls more than held their own against their star-studded opponents, as De Gea had to be alert to keep out Shane Duffy’s header at the far post from Gross’s corner.

 
The German was involved in the thick of the action again after being played through by Locadia, and his shot was deflected into the path of Glenn Murray, who was flagged offside.
 
Hughton’s men had Duffy to thank for keeping the score at 0-0 after heading Marcus Rashford’s strike away from the six-yard box.
 
United came close to breaking the deadlock again moments later when Pogba’s acrobatic overhead kick was deflected inches wide of David Button’s right-hand post, before Rashford’s shot from the resulting corner went narrowly past the target.
 
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side broke the deadlock with 27 minutes played when Pogba was brought down inside the area by Gaetan Bong, and the Frenchman fired the hosts in front by side-footing his spot-kick beyond Button.
 
Albion were undeterred though and enjoyed some good possession around the United defence, as Murray fired wide after some lovely one-touch play involving Davy Propper and Gross.
 
Button had to be alert to keep the deficit at just one moments later, after Anthony Martial latched onto Lindelof’s long ball and the keeper made a brilliant one-handed stop to deny the Frenchman.

 
Straight down the other end Murray latched onto March’s superb dinked through-ball, but the former blazed his angled, close-range shot over the bar.
 
The Reds doubled their lead in the 42nd minute courtesy of Rashford, who received
Diogo Dalot's pass and showed some neat footwork before firing past Button.
 
Rashford had the first chance after the re-start, but his in-swinging set-piece rose harmlessly over the target.
 
United’s number ten then delivered a dangerous cross towards Jesse Lingard, who fired wide from inside the six-yard box.
 
The Seagulls carried a threat from set-pieces though, as Lewis Dunk fired into the side netting from Gross’s searching free kick.
 
Lindelof came close to getting a United third though when his glancing header from a short corner went inches past the far post.
 
But Albion halved the deficit thanks to Gross in the 72nd minute, as the German brought down Propper’s superb ball into the box and saw his subsequent effort clip in off the underside of the crossbar.
 
That was how the game finished in a largely uneventful 20 minutes, with attention turning to next Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie against West Bromwich Albion.
 
ALBION: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper, Gross (Kayal 82); March (Knockaert 60), Murray (Andone 60), Locadia.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Bruno, Balogun, Gyokeres.

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Ticket News

ALBION INVESTIGATING DEDICATED TRAIN SERVICE TO MANCHESTER

16 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion supporters at Falmer Station.
Brighton & Hove Albion are investigating the possibility of putting on a dedicated train service for fans travelling to the Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday 19th January, kick-off 3pm.
 
The service will depart from Hove at approximately 7am and stop only at Haywards Heath, before arriving at Manchester Piccadilly approximately two and a half hours before kick-off. The return train will arrive at Hove at roughly 11pm (precise timings tbc).  Supporters are advised that alcohol will not be permitted on the train, in accordance with legislation.
 
The price is yet to be confirmed, but would be in the region of £80-£100, and is dependent on enough fan interest being generated in the service.
 
Fans making the trip to Old Trafford are therefore being asked whether they would be interested in the service by simply answering ‘yes’ or ‘no’ at the following survey below.
 
 
 
 
 
If there is enough interest, the train and match tickets will be sold later this month, and a further update will be communicated in due course.

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