Manchester United vs Brighton, Premier League: live score and latest updates

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7:41PM

9 min MUN 0 BHA 0     

Fernandes lifts the ball into the area, Dunk heads it out to the 18-yard line  and Greenwood thumps an angled shot on to the post. 

7:40PM

8 min MUN 0 BHA 0    

After treatment Bissouma comes back on, Slick passing from United so far but Bruno Fernandes, of all people, undercooks the pass he tries to lace down the inside-right for Cavani.

Brighton can’t clear their lines though and United have a free-kick 30 yards out on the left.  

7:38PM

6 min MUN 0 BHA 0   

Bissouma lands heavily on his left shoulder and seems to be in agony when barged into by Cavani. He landed on his elbow which wrenched his shoulder. Brighton put the ball out of play after tackling Shaw to let the physio on. He wrings his hand as if it’s gone numb. 

7:36PM

5 min MUN 0 BHA 0  

Bruno Fernandes finds some space ahead of him 30 yards out and decides to try and arrow a shot towards the top right corner but can’t get it to come down and it flies over the crossbar. 

7:34PM

3 min MUN 0 BHA 0 

Throw-in on the right worked by Wan-Bissake to Pogba who drills a low cross into the box that Veltman wellies clear. 

7:33PM

1 min MUN 0 BHA 0

Manchester United kick off, attacking from right to left and Greenwood hooks a ball over his shoulder for Cavani. United are flying out of the traps. 

7:12PM

Martial update

Likely out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to his manager. 

7:10PM

Rio Ferdinand

Thinks Solskjaer’s decision to continue with Dean Henderson in goal after David De Gea’s return means the latter will demand a transfer this summer. ‘His ego, his pride will be hurting. If it’s not, he shouldn’t be here anyway.’ 

6:45PM

Your teams in black and white

Manchester United  Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.
Substitutes  De Gea, Williams, Tuanzebe, James, Matic, Van de Beek, McTominay, Amad.

Brighton  Sanchez; White, Dunk, Veltman; Gross, Lallana, Bissouma, Moder; Trossard; Maupay, Welbeck.
Substitutes  Steele, Karbownik, Mac Allister, Alzate, Propper, Caicedo, Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Zeqiri.

Referee Mike Dean (Heswall)

6:33PM

Your Brighton XI

6:33PM

Henderson gets the nod

Greenwood and Rashford are fit:

6:05PM

Good evening

Victory for Manchester United tonight – and Brighton have never won at Old Trafford in 13 visits – and they open up a nine-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea and an 11-point margin over sixth-placed Liverpool in their quest to secure a Champions League place with eight games to go. One suspects, given the title race is over, will be United’s main motivation and then they can focus on the Europa League and FA Cup.

Brighton will be looking over their shoulder for the rest of the campaign, though, should they lose. Newcastle’s performance today and Fulham’s general improvement (this is being written before the Villa-Fulham match) means it could be a nipper all the way to the wire despite back-to-back victories over Newcastle and Southampton. They’ve still got Wolves, Sheffield United, Leeds and West Ham to play, however, all teams they have taken points off already this season. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United’s players are approaching the match with “bright eyes” given their admiration for a side that can make life difficult this weekend. 

Solskjaer says Brighton’s two victories have caught the eye at United, who needed a contentious Bruno Fernandes penalty that was taken after the final whistle to seal a 3-2 win at the Amex in September.

“Since I came we’ve played them quite a few times and we’ve always had some hard-fought games, difficult games,” Solskjaer said. “When you prepare for a game against Brighton you can see all our players with bright eyes because they really respect the way they play and the quality that they’ve had against us.

“We know that we have to be on our best to earn the right to play because you have to work really hard to get the ball off them.”

David De Gea started the Premier League win in East Sussex, with Dean Henderson getting the nod for the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at the Amex just days later.

The latter has started United’s last six matches in all competitions after the Spain international returned to his homeland for the birth of his first child, with Solskjaer facing a “difficult decision” as to who to start on Sunday.

“The two keepers will probably be needed in these last nine plus hopefully five more games,” Solskjaer said. “Both know that we value them both really highly.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave one of them out. It’s an easy decision to give them the nod and ‘you’ll play’.

“The difficult one is to leave one of them out but it’s a good decision to make, so you’ll probably see both of them.”

Solskjaer currently has doubts over three forwards: Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood returned to training on Friday but need assessing after Saturday’s session, while a reported knee injury picked up on international duty with France means Anthony Martial is a doubt.

Victor Lindelof also needs assessing to see if he can form part of the defence.

Brighton are without the injured Tariq Lamptey, Adam Webster, Florin Andone and Solly March. 

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