Manchester United Look to Close Gap on Top Four in Brighton

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Manchester United travel to Brighton on Tuesday, with both teams looking to continue their unbeaten runs since the Premier League restarted.

Manchester United Look to Close Gap on Top Four

Head to Head

In the reverse fixture which was played in November, United ran out victorious with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. United were 2-0 up inside 20 minutes thanks to goals from Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay. Brighton were given hope midway through the second half through a Lewis Dunk goal. However, this hope didn’t last long with Marcus Rashford scoring two minutes later to put the game to bed.

Both teams have picked up four points since the restart. United draw against Tottenham Hotspur in their first game back, before blowing away Sheffield United thanks to an Anthony Martial hat-trick.

Meanwhile, in their first game, Brighton came from 1-0 down to beat Arsenal 2-1 before travelling to Leicester to play out a goalless draw.

What Would a Win Do for Both Teams?

United will move back above Wolves into fifth with a win and will move two points behind Chelsea who sit in fourth. However Chelsea will be able to extend it back to five points with a win against strugglers West Ham United on Wednesday.

Brighton sit 15th in the Premier League on 33 points. They’re not officially safe from relegation yet and with them still having to play Manchester City and champions Liverpool, they will not take anything for granted with seven games to go.

Team News

United will almost have a fully fit squad going into this one. They made eight changes for the FA Cup quarter-final win against Norwich last Saturday and so players who started on the bench for that game are likely to start in this game.

The only players missing will be Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones who remain sidelined due to injury. Angel Gomes is available to play, however with his contract up on Wednesday and rumours that he is unlikely to sign a new deal, he is unlikely to play in this one.

Brighton manager Graham Potter has confirmed that Jose Izquierdo will miss out, but a decision has yet to be made on Adam Webster. Long-term absentee Steven Alzate remains out with a groin injury, however, Tariq Lamptey will be available despite picking up a facial injury against Leicester.

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