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WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THE TEAMS?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hands a full Premier League debut to Brandon Williams at left-back due to Ashley Young’s one-game suspension and Luke Shaw’s inury lay-off.

Victor Lindelof has recovered from his back niggle in the week to make the starting line-up while Maguire and McTominay also feature amid doubts.

For Brighton, Shane Duffy comes back into the side as well as Leandro Trossard, who scored after coming off the bench last weekend in a 2-0 win against Norwich.

Not too many eyebrow-raisers with those XIs – what do you think? Reply to Express Sport’s Twitter thread with your thoughts…

TODAY’S LINE-UPS

Man Utd: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Andreas, Rashford; Martial.

Subs: Romero, Jones, Rojo, Mata, Lingard, Garner, Greenwood.

Brighton: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Burn; Trossard, Stephens, Propper, Alzate; Connolly, Maupay.

Subs: Button, Balogun, Schelotto, Mooy, Gross, March, Murray.

CAN GRAHAM POTTER CAST HIS SPELL?

The Brighton boss suggested he is not as fearful of the trip to Old Trafford as he once may have been.

“When I was playing, Manchester United were the best side, maybe they’re not at the moment,” said the former Stoke defender. “That’s what happens in football, clubs go through transitional periods and they’re in that phase now.

“You can ask anyone in the game and they’d tell you that there is still a huge respect for Manchester United as a club and as a team with the players they have.

“You know some grounds will be tougher to go to than others, but we went to Manchester City at the end of August with a way to be ourselves and tried to get a positive result, as well as carrying on our development as a team, and I think that’s how it should always be.”

WHAT HAS OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAID?

The always-smiling Norwegian has complimentary of Brighton, who have lost their two Premier League trips to Old Trafford thus far.

“We played Brighton quite early when I came in last year and I thought they gave us a really good game,” said Solskjaer. “I thought we were lucky to win. They have loads of football players there, good footballers who are comfortable on the ball.

”In the last four games, they’ve really turned a corner for me. They’re dominating teams and controlling games. Even the defeat against Aston Villa, they controlled that one until they got the sending off. So, the last four, I count them all as wins for them really.

“We’ve got to have loads of energy and go about pressing them really well, because we can’t let them be comfortable here at Old Trafford.”

GOOD AFTERNOON

Welcome to live coverage of Manchester United vs Brighton at Old Trafford which, probably for the sake of viewers’ entertainment, is not being televised.

United are the main beneficiaries of that decision by Sky Sports, after the side’s worst start to a league season in 30 years.

Brighton, in fairness, despite their synonymity with the last spot on Match of the Day, have hit their stride under Graham Potter with three wins in their last four matches.

So, who knows, we may well get a good game after all. You won’t catch it on TV, so best stay here with Express Sport





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