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PREVIEW: ALBION V MANCHESTER UNITED

17 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion face Manchester United at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium this Sunday, as Chris Hughton’s team open their 2018/19 Premier League home account.

The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 at Watford last weekend, but last season’s final visitors to the Amex will be this season’s first, as Hughton’s side take on the Red Devils in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Jose Mourinho’s team were last at the Amex in May, and it proved a memorable evening for the Seagulls, as Pascal Gross headed the winning goal to secure the club’s Premier League status.

Sunday’s game is the first of four matches in six games against clubs that finished in the top six of the Premier League last season - Albion take on Liverpool at Anfield six days later.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that Bruno will miss Sunday's home fixture, after the Spaniard came off against Watford with a hamstring injury last weekend.

The Albion boss hopes that Spaniard will be back in training towards the end of next week.

Jason Steele, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will also be absent, as the trio continue their recoveries from injury.

For Manchester United, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are both in contention to feature, after the pair missed their team’s opening match of the season.

Diago Dalot, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are all expected to miss out through injury.

FORM:

The Seagulls opened the 2018/19 Premier League season with a disappointing 2-0 loss against Watford at Vicarage Road last Saturday.

Roberto Pereyra’s goals either side of half-time secured all three points for the Hornets, as Hughton’s side struggled to find any rhythm during their season opener.

Bernardo came in at left-back for his league debut, but Albion were forced into an early change as Bruno came off injured, meaning the Brazilian shifted to right-back and Gaetan Bong was introduced.

The Red Devils got the Premier League season underway on Friday evening against Leicester City at Old Trafford, and it was Mourinho’s men that claimed a 2-1 victory.

Paul Pogba converted from the penalty spot to give United the lead, before Luke Shaw scored his first-ever senior goal to make it 2-0.

Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for the Foxes in stoppage time, but Mourinho’s team were able to hold on for maximum points in their opening game of the campaign.



LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

WATFORD 2
Pereyra 35, 54

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno (Bong 26), Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March (Jahanbakhsh 71); Gross (Bissouma 60); Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Kayal, Locadia.



LAST TIME OUT: MANCHESTER UNITED

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Pogba 3 (pen), Shaw 83

LEICESTER CITY 1
Vardy 90+2

Manchester United line-up: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred (McTominay 76), Pereira, Pogba (Fellaini 84); Mata, Rashford (Lukaku 67), Sanchez.

Subs not used: Grant (GK), Smalling, Young, Martial.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion knew three points against Manchester United would guarantee their place in the Premier League for the 2018/19 season, and with Manchester City and Liverpool next up - survival was in the balance.

Hughton’s side made a confident start against the Red Devils - who had already beaten Albion twice during the season - but neither side managed to break the deadlock before the break.

But Pascal Gross was the hero 12 minutes after the break, as he attacked Jose Izquierdo’s cross, and despite Chris Smalling’s efforts to block the German’s header, the ball crossed the line to make it 1-0.

United applied pressure in the closing stages, but Albion survived a tense finish to seal victory and guarantee their place in England’s top flight for another season.



PLAYER TO WATCH:
Paul Pogba

The energetic midfielder enjoyed a successful summer at the FIFA World Cup, as he claimed a winners’ medal with France after a number of impressive performances for Didier Deschamps’ side.

Pogba found the back of the net in the World Cup Final against Croatia, and picked up where he left off for Manchester United last weekend, as he scored the first goal of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The 25-year-old scored six goals and claimed ten assists for the Red Devils last season, as he featured 27 times in the Premier League, helping Mourinho’s men to a second-placed finish.


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