Manchester United to win Brighton

The Erik ten Hag era officially starts this weekend in the Premier League as the former Ajax man welcomes Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford with his side getting the fans a bit more excited than their usual selves after a solid pre-season.

Manchester United started off with one of the hardest possible games ten Hag could experience as they met with Liverpool last month in his first game.

The Red Devils demolished their rivals 4-0 that day from start to finish, as Facundo Pellistri, Jadon Sancho, Fred and Anthony Martial all scored a goal each in that 4-0 win.

They continued their winning ways when they met with Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace, before losing their winning run in a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.

United would end their summer pre-season games with a loss to Atletico Madrid and a draw with Rayo Vallecano in what was ten Hag’s first experience at Old Trafford.

The front three of United have been hoping to finally get going as the biggest asset to the pre-season in Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Martial all scored plenty of goals in the games played, which does ease the pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo as well this season, who may end up departing anyway.

As for Brighton, they started their pre-season with a 0-0 draw with Union SG, before putting together three wins and one loss. Estoril Praia lost to them 4-1, before the Seagulls went on to beat Reading 2-1.

Brighton did, however, lose their only all-Premier League preseason affair, as they lost to Brentford. They did manage to defeat Espanyol 5-1 in what was their best display of the summer.

Manchester United to win Brighton

Martial is reported to be out with an injury while Sancho and Luke Shaw also face late fitness tests.

Pellistri is also out and with Alex Telles on loan at Sevilla, it seems as if Tyrell Malacia will make his first Premier League start.

Christian Eriksen could also start after playing well when given the time to do so in the pre-season, and he may start alongside Bruno Fernandes and Fred.