How to watch and follow Brighton v United

Friday 21 April 2023 16:30

Manchester United return to Wembley on Sunday to battle it out with Brighton & Hove Albion for a place in the FA Cup final.

Erik Ten Hag will be looking for a strong reaction from his players following United’s Europa League exit against Sevilla on Thursday, and securing a spot in a second domestic cup final provides the perfect opportunity.

Brighton are enjoying an impressive season under Roberto De Zerbi and head into Sunday's clash on the back of a comeback victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Ahead of our semi-final versus the Seagulls, get all the essential information...

Ten Hag: We need a huge step forward


The message from the manager to his players is clear, as the FA Cup semi-final looms large.

Sunday's encounter starts at 16:30 BST at Wembley, with the game being shown live on BBC One in the UK. 

MUTV will also have exclusive pre-match build-up via our Match Day Live show from 15:25 BST, followed by live radio commentary during the 90 minutes and post-match analysis. You can also follow the action in our Match Centre via and the United App.


You will be able to watch the best of the action via our short highlights and extended versions from Monday at 12:00 BST.


Bruno Fernandes is eligible for the fixture after missing the second leg of our Europa League quarter-final in Seville due to an accumulation of yellow cards in the competition.

United’s injury concerns have been eased with Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Marcel Sabitzer and Marcus Rashford all returning to action in midweek against Sevilla. 

However, there are questions marks over Anthony Martial’s availability after the striker hobbled off in the second half at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Ten Hag may provide an update on the Frenchman’s availability - as well as the recently-absent Scott McTominay - in his pre-match press conference on Friday evening (17:00 BST). 

Harry Maguire will be unavailable, as he serves a one-game ban following an accumulation of yellow cards in the earlier rounds of the FA Cup. 

Tom Heaton, Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Donny van de Beek and Alejandro Garancho remain out through their respective injuries.  

Despite question marks over the fitness of Jason Steele, Joel Veltman and Evan Ferguson, De Zerbi refused to rule the Brighton trio out of our semi-final in his pre-match press conference on Friday. Veltman and Ferguson were both forced off in the first half of the Seagulls' victory at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.

Tariq Lamptey has been struggling with a knee problem, while Jeremy Sarmiento, Adam Lallana and Jakub Moder are longer-term absentees.  

Opposition team news: De Zerbi cagey on injuries


Brighton's manager gave little away with regards to his squad ahead of our FA Cup semi-final.


Brighton have been one of the standout English sides this season and they currently occupy seventh place in the Premier League, with European qualification for the first time in their history a real possibility. 

De Zerbi has been the mastermind behind the club’s league position and cup run. The Italian has been in charge at the AMEX Stadium since September after replacing Graham Potter at the helm.

Alexis Mac Allister and Karou Mitoma pose the biggest threat to United’s backline; the duo have flourished under De Zerbi and are becoming even more pivotal to the Seagulls' success since Leandro Trossard’s departure to Arsenal in January. 

Mitoma has either scored or assisted in every round of the FA Cup this season so far, including a 90th-minute winner against Liverpool in the fourth round.  

Former Red Danny Welbeck will be another player to watch as the striker has netted two goals in his last four matches. The 32-year-old is likely to lead the line for Brighton if it turns out Ferguson is indeed absent.

Mac Allister is Brighton's joint-top scorer this season, alongside Mitoma.

This will be our 30th competitive meeting with Brighton and the first clash between the sides at Wembley since 1983… 

United famously beat the Seagulls 4-0 in an FA Cup final replay in '83, thanks to a brace from Bryan Robson and goals from Norman Whiteside and Arnold Muhren. A replay was required following a thrilling 2-2 draw five days earlier.  

Our most recent FA Cup tie with Brighton was at the quarter-final stage in 2018, when Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic both got on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory for the Reds at Old Trafford.
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Ten Hag's men have played at home in every round so far, beating Everton, Reading, West Ham and Fulham all by the same scoreline of 3-1. 

United’s midfield department has played a key role in our journey to the semi-finals, with Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro and Fred each scoring two goals, while Sabitzer netted his maiden strike for the Reds against Fulham.  

Sunday's opponents secured a spot in the last four by eliminating Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Stoke City and Grimsby Town in the previous rounds. 


Manchester City take on Sheffield United in the other FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 22 April. Kick-off is scheduled for 16:45 BST, and that one is also at Wembley.