When Manchester United take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, they will be looking to improve on their win against Brentford.
Manchester United have just two games left to finish a turbulent season. With their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League dwindling, The Reds will face Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening, with the Seagulls looking to finish in the top half of the table.
Brighton have worked well enough to break their nearly two-month losing streak, which included six consecutive defeats and a 0-0 draw with Norwich City. The Seagulls have only lost one of their past six games, and that setback came against Manchester City in a hard-fought struggle. Graham Potter’s team has moved up to ninth place in the table after a string of good performances.
Manchester United, on the other hand, will probably finish sixth in the Premier League this season. The Red Devils are unlikely to finish fourth in the table except if Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have disastrous ends to their respective seasons. Manchester United, however, can pray for a favour from Liverpool and Arsenal in order to finish fifth, however, they must win their final two fixtures to do so.
The Opposition: Brighton
Brighton’s last five: WWLDW
If attraction towards Graham Potter’s services wasn’t already high ahead of the summer transfer window, a recent string of impressive results against European contenders has piqued interest as Brighton look to secure a top-half Premier League finish, and those endeavours were bolstered in the West Midlands last week.
Alexis Mac Allister netted a penalty after squandering another, while Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma both scored for the rampaging Seagulls in a 3-0 victory.
A total of 11 points from the remaining 18 available in the top division has left Brighton in ninth place, while Leicester City are only two points below with two games in hand owing to their Europa Conference League woes.
Triumphs over Wolves, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur over a fantastic spring spell should instil hope in the home fans that a historic victory over Manchester United is on the cards, but the Amex has not been a kind place to Brighton in terms of results in recent months.
Furthermore, the Seagulls are currently winless at home in the Premier League in 2022, having drawn four and lost four since their Boxing Day victory over Brentford, and their record of 12 top-flight goals at home is tied for last in the competition with an already-relegated Norwich City.
United’s last five: WLLDW
With the majority of their recent defeats coming on foreign grounds, United put up one of their most impressive performances yet under Ralf Rangnick, and Brentford was a comparatively easy outing for the Red Devils.
Man United’s Champions League chances were not yet dead and buried thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Raphael Varane, but Rangnick will have to do something special to keep the 20-time English winners in the European elite next season.
Man United are now in sixth place in the Premier League table, five points behind Arsenal, who have two games in hand over their foes, so anything other than a win this weekend will see the Red Devils bid their Champions League aspirations farewell.
Three points may only serve to postpone the inescapable if Arsenal wins at Leeds United the following day, and despite Brighton’s recent home struggles, United approach Saturday’s encounter having lost each of their last four Premier League away games.
The Red Devils haven’t lost more than four league games in a row away from home in 41 years, but they beat Brighton 2-0 at Old Trafford in February for their sixth straight top-flight victory against the Seagulls, who will be in no desire to have their chances of a top-half finish diminish in their second-to-last home match of the season.