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.
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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 today, 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 via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Manchester United vs Brighton team news
Man Utd XI: Onana, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Reguilon, Casemiro, McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Eriksen, Rashford, Hojlund
Subs: Bayindir, Maguire, Martial, Garnacho, Pellistri, Wan-Bissaka, Evans, Gore, Mejbri
Wolves XI: Steele, Lamptey, van Hecke, Dunk, Veltman, Gross, Dahoud, Adingra, Lallana, Mitoma, Welbeck
Subs: Baleba, Verbruggen, Igor, Webster, Milner, Joao Pedro, Gilmour, Ferguson, Fati
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: 6/5
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).