MANCHESTER UNITED begin their new era under manager Erik Ten Hag with a home fixture against Brighton.
United endured their worst season in Premier League history last term under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
But new boss Ten Hag, who was appointed at the end of the season, is looking to bring a new brand of football to Old Trafford.
The former Ajax boss is known for his creative style of play and his fondness for playing out from the back.
He’s also brought in a few new signings, including Lisandro Martinez for £45m from Ajax, and Christian Eriksen on a free from Brentford.
However, the incomings at Old Trafford have been somewhat overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave the club.
Brighton meanwhile are looking to build on a promising ninth placed finish last season, which has led top sides Man City and Chelsea to battle it out for £50m-rated Marc Cucurella.
What time does Man Utd vs Brighton kick off?
- Man Utd’s home clash with Brighton will get underway from 2pm UK time on Sunday, August 7.
- The game will take place at Old Trafford.
- The last time the two sides played, Brighton thrashed United 4-0 at the Amex Stadium.
What channel is it and can it be live stream?
- Man Utd vs Brighton will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football.
- You can live stream the action from the NOW TV or Sky Go app, both of which are available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
All eyes will be on Erik Ten Hag’s first team selection come 1pm on Sunday afternoon, as he decides on whether to start Ronaldo or not.
The Portuguese forward left United’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano early after being hauled off at half-time and has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave.
And after Ten Hag blasted Ronaldo’s decision to take off during the Rayo match and said he needed to build his fitness, a place on the bench seems the most likely outcome for the Portugal captain.
Elsewhere, new boy Tyrell Malacia could get a start at left-back after impressing United fans all throughout pre-season.
And you can expect forwards Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford to start in tandem with one another after their fruitful summers in the side.
Brighton have made just two signings so far this summer, Paraguay’s Julio Enciso from Libertad and Ivory Coast’s Simon Adingra from FC Nordsjaelland.
It remains to be seen whether Graham Potter will start Cucurella given the interest in the full-back.
- Man Utd – 11/20
- Draw – 3/1
- Brighton – 9/1
*Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct as of Thursday, August 5
Source: The Sun
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