Manchester United make their return to Premier League action with an eye-catching home clash against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Erik ten Hag’s side have endured a mixed start to the new campaign, with home wins against Wolves and Nottingham Forest balanced out by underwhelming defeats away from home at Tottenham and Arsenal.
The turmoil within the club has also proved a distraction of late. The ownership saga shows little sign of concluding any time soon, while friction between Ten Hag and Jadon Sancho has arisen and Brazil winger Antony has been placed on leave while he answers allegations of assault, which he strongly denies.
Brighton arrive at Old Trafford looking to take the three points on offer then. They’ve continued their impressive form from the end of last season with three wins from four matches, and 12 goals scored, whilst they’re the last team to defeat United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
The Sporting News will follow the Manchester United vs. Brighton match live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights as they happen.
Manchester United vs Brighton live score
Manchester United (4-2-3-1, right to left): 24. Onana (GK) — 20. Dalot, 2. Lindelof, 6. L. Martinez, 15. Reguilon — 18. Casemiro, 39. McTominay — 8. B. Fernandes, 14. Eriksen, 10. Rashford — 11. Hojlund.
Brighton (4-2-3-1, right to left): Steele (GK) — Lamptey, Van Hecke, Dunk, Veltman — Gross, Dahoud — Adingra, Lallana, Mitoma — Welbeck.
Manchester United vs Brighton live updates, highlights, and commentary
40 mins to kickoff: Manchester United are heavily laden with injuries and other squad concerns for this match. Sofyan Amrabat will have to wait to make his Manchester United debut after withdrawing from Morocco international duty with an injury, while Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane are still absent with injuries. Erik ten Hag has had to adjust accordingly.
When they do get Amrabat back though, he can fill in at a lot of different spots, which ten Hag will value greatly.
Ten Hag: “What we missed in our squad was behind Casemiro, another one, typical holding midfielder. Amrabat can play alongside Casemiro, also capable in a higher position. He can play as a wing-back or full-back.” #mufc
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) September 16, 2023
55 mins to kickoff: And this is how Brighton line up. Welbeck starts upfront for them as he returns to his former side. Ansu Fati starts on the bench.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 16, 2023
1 hour to kickoff: Here’s your line ups for this match then starting with the hosts. There’s a home debut for new signing Rasmus Hojlund who starts up top, whilst Sergio Reguilón also makes his United debut at left back.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 16, 2023
1 hour 30 mins to kickoff: As mentioned before, given the fact that Brighton were the last team to win in the Premier League at Old Trafford, they’ll fancy their chances of another victory today.
The Red Devils have now gone 20 matches at home in the competition unbeaten though and despite their recent woes both on and off the field, Old Trafford has become a bit of a fortress of late. 17 of those outings have finished in victory for United, whilst they’ve averaged 1.95 goals per game across that stint which could point towards more attacking output today.
2 hours to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Manchester United vs. Brighton in the Premier League.
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 16, 2023
Manchester United vs Brighton lineups, team news
Ten Hag is still dealing with a lengthy injury list at Old Trafford with Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Raphael Varane amongst the absentees.
Antony is unavailable due to a leave of absence from the club amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of domestic violence, which he denies, and Jadon Sancho is not expected to play. Sofyan Amrabat was thought to be available for his United debut but does not appear on the bench, while Rasmus Hojlund earns a first home start at Old Trafford.
Man United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Onana (GK) — Dalot, Lindelof, L. Martinez, Reguilon — McTominay, Casemiro — Fernandes, Eriksen, Rashford — Hojlund
Subs: Bayindir, Maguire, Martial, Garnacho, Pellistri, Wan-Bissaka, Evans, Gore, Mejbri.
Julio Enciso remains out of action for Roberto De Zerbi’s visitors, and a late call will be made on Evan Ferguson after he was forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad with a knee injury.
Brighton starting lineup (4-2-3-1 right to left): Steele (GK) — Lamptey, Van Hecke, Dunk, Veltman — Gross, Dahoud — Adingra, Lallana, Mitoma — Welbeck.
Subs: Verbruggen, Igor, Webster, Milner, Joao Pedro, Gilmour, Baleba, Ferguson, Fati.
Man United vs Brighton live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League 1 (Ch.620-621)||Now TV|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 3||Astro Go, sooka|
|New Zealand||—||Sky Sport NOW|
UK: This match is not available for broadcast and streaming in the UK due to the Saturday 3 p.m. embargo.
USA: This game is available on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada, with discounts currently at more than 9% for annual plans and more than 20% for quarterly and monthly plans.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.