During a tumultuous international break, winger Antony was put on a leave of absence, amid allegations of violence towards three women in Brazil, and the club were reportedly taken off the market by owners the Glazer family after a months-long bidding process.
Jadon Sancho has also been formally banished from first-team training and there continue to be a host of injury issues.
On the field, a last-gasp defeat to Arsenal was United’s second in four games to leave them in 11th place.
In contrast, Brighton already have three wins under their belt and are targeting a fourth league win on the trot against Erik ten Hag’s side.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Brighton is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
The match will take place at Old Trafford, in Salford.
Where to watch Manchester United vs Brighton
TV channel and live stream: In the UK, the game will not be televised live due to the traditional Saturday 3pm blackout.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Manchester United vs Brighton team news
Antony has been put on a leave of absence amid allegations of violence from three women, while Sancho has been told to stay away from the club after publicly denying Ten Hag’s claim of poor performances in training.
Luke Shaw is out for at least another six weeks and Raphael Varane hopes to be back this month. Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez and new signing Sofyan Amrabat will be assessed before the game. Kobbie Mainoo, Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo are also out.
Young Brighton star Evan Ferguson is expected to be fit despite recently playing with the pain barrier, and fellow striker Danny Welbeck is also in a race to face his former side.
Manchester United vs Brighton prediction
Manchester United are in all sorts of trouble both on the pitch and behind the scenes, while Brighton are flying high and scoring goals for fun.
The Seagulls won this exact fixture last season and have triumphed in the last three league meetings with United, scoring six goals in the process. A fourth win seems likely.
Brighton to win, 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Man United wins: 20
Brighton wins: 6
Manchester United vs Brighton match odds
Man United: 11/10
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).