Brighton next up for United

Roberto De Zerbi’s high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion are the next test that Manchester United will face in the Premier League this season. The Seagulls are scheduled to visit Old Trafford for a traditional three o’clock kick off on Saturday the 16th of September, just after the international break.

Brighton have started the season well, winning three of their first four matches to garner nine points, putting them in sixth place in the nascent league table, three points and five places above United.

The game comes just a few days before both side begin their European campaigns – United away at Bayern on the following Wednesday and Brighton at home to AEK Athens on the Thursday, so both teams may have one eye on those fixtures.

The head to head form is very much in Brighton’s favour, with the Seagulls having beaten United in their last three league meetings, including a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the corresponding fixture last season, which was on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign.

However, United did get the better of Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last April, winning through on penalties after a goalless draw.

Both teams will hope to field new signings in the match, with United potentially handing a first start to Danish striker Rasmus Højlund and a debut to Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, if fit. Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati could feature for Brighton following his loan move to the south coast.