Man Utd vs Brighton: How to watch Premier League clash on TV, kick off time, team news & predicted line-ups
Manchester United kick off their Premier League season against Brighton on Sunday - here’s everything you need to know
A new era dawns for Manchester United as Erik ten Hag prepares for his first ever Premier League game in charge, against a Brighton side that inflicted a painful 4-0 defeat towards the end of last season. The Red Devils will be looking for redemption against the Seagulls as they hope to kick off the new campaign in style.
Pre-season was quite the mixed bag for Manchester United; three dominant wins against bitter rivals Liverpool, Australian side Melbourne Victory and Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace gave some early hope in mid-July, but two draws – against Aston Villa and Rayo Vallecano – and a narrow 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid saw a disappointing end to United’s friendlies.
Much of the attention was off the field, though, as star player Cristiano Ronaldo has tried his best to force a move away from Old Trafford. A lack of Champions League football means Ronaldo’s future still remains very much in doubt – the uncertainty no doubt hanging an air of negativity upon the dressing room.
What matters though is what is done on the field, and with the Premier League opener at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, supporters will be expecting a fine showing. Here’s everything you need to know as Manchester United look to pick up all three points against Brighton.
Is Manchester United vs Brighton being shown on live TV?
As Erik ten Hag makes his competitive Old Trafford debut, this game is one of the most highly-anticipated games of the opening Premier League weekend and was always going to be a favourite for broadcasters. Kicking off at 2pm, Manchester United vs Brighton is the first of two live games on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event on ‘Super Sunday’.
If you’re unable to watch at 2pm, highlights will be readily available on the Sky Sports YouTube channel about 15-30 minutes after the final whistle. Highlights of the fixture will also be aired on BBC One’s Match of the Day 2 at 10.30pm on Sunday 7 August.
What is the team news ahead of Manchester United vs Brighton?
The Red Devils have a fair few injury problems to contend with which could hinder their chances of a victory on Sunday.
Anthony Martial (thigh), who was the top scorer in pre-season with three goals, is being assessed but is unlikely to feature. Brandon Williams (fitness), Jadon Sancho (illness) and Facundo Pellistri (ankle) are all doubts. Luke Shaw was pictured in training on Thursday and is set to return from an illness. Mason Greenwood remains suspended by the club until further notice.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed the pre-season tour of Australia due to ‘family reasons’ but managed to play 45 minutes against Rayo Vallecano. He’s been in training and it is fully up to Erik ten Hag as to whether he plays amid heavy transfer speculation.
Brighton meanwhile have very few players on the injury table as Graham Potter has a near-enough complete squad to select from.
Jakub Moder underwent a second bout of surgery at the end of July for an anterior cruciate knee ligament problem and is out until at least halfway through the season. Alexis Mac Allister is currently being assessed with a groin problem but should be okay to play according to Graham Potter.
What are the predicted lineups for Manchester United vs Brighton?
As mentioned before, it’s going to be difficult to know whether star man Cristiano Ronaldo will feature this weekend, and so it’s been a tough one to predict for the home side. It’s also never easy to get it spot on for either team with it being the first game of a new season, but we’ve had our best crack anyway.
Our predicted lineups for Manchester United vs Brighton can be found below.
Predicted Manchester United XI: David de Gea (GK); Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia; Scott McTominay, Fred; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford.
Predicted Brighton & Hove Albion XI: Robert Sanchez (GK); Joel Veltman, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk; Leandro Trossard, Enock Mwepu, Moises Caicedo, Tariq Lamptey; Solly March, Danny Welbeck, Deniz Undav.
How to sign up to Sky Sports and Now TV
You’ll need a Sky subscription to watch Sky Sports and there are different options to choose from. For brand new customers you can get Sky TV and Sky Sports for £44 a month for 18 months instead of £51/month. The price includes a Netflix subscription and there’s a £20 set up fee.
If you’re a current Sky customer the cheapest option will cost you £15 extra a month in the 2 for 1 Football Channel Offer and is perfect for fans who only want football. If you want to go all out and have access to all 8 Sky Sports channels including Premier League, F1 and more then that will be an extra £25 a month on top of your current contract.
If you’re already in contract with another provider then you can also sign up to access Sky Sports through a Now TV membership. There are two options to choose from - a monthly subscription which is £33 a month, or a single day subscription which is £11 a month.
On the Now TV website, it will show a sports membership and another option. A daily subscription grants you 24-hour access to 11 sky sports channels, whereas a monthly subscription will allow you to watch all Sky channels whenever you wish, on up to three devices at any given time.
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