How to follow United v Brighton

Thursday 14 September 2023 11:00

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, with Brighton the visitors to Old Trafford.

The Reds will be looking to bounce back from our 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last time out, with the Theatre of Dreams providing the perfect platform to do so.

Erik ten Hag’s side have been victorious in our two previous homes games so far this season, defeating Wolves 1-0 and Nottingham Forest 3-2.

Meanwhile, the Seagulls currently sit in sixth place in the top flight, with three victories and one defeat from four league games.

Find out everything you need to know ahead of United v Brighton…

Who is in United's Premier League squad?


The Reds' 25-man list for the 2023/24 top-flight campaign has now been submitted.


Saturday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 15:00 BST, but it will not be shown live on television in the UK. However, MUTV’s Match Day Live show starts at 14:15 BST, and will feature the opinions and views of former Reds Wes Brown and Danny Webber. Further matchday content will also be available on and in the United App, with radio commentary broadcast throughout the 90 minutes.


Two-minute highlights of the game will be published two hours after the final whistle, with 90 in 20 and Full 90 available from midnight.


If you're not able to buy our essential matchday read at Old Trafford, you can order your copy of United Review here.


Sofyan Amrabat and Lisandro Martinez missed Morocco and Argentina’s September internationals, respectively, through injury. 

Rasmus Hojlund could be in line to make his first Old Trafford bow after his Premier League debut against Arsenal. 

Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Kobbie Mainoo, Tyrell Malacia, Tom Heaton and Amad are unavailable, while Mason Mount is also set to miss out. 

Erik ten Hag may provide further updates on specific players during his pre-match press conference, which will be shown across our platforms on Friday from 13:30 BST.

Brighton will be hoping top scorer Evan Ferguson and former United striker Danny Welbeck are passed fit to boost their attacking options, while new signings Ansu Fati and Carlos Baleba could feature for the first time.

Julio Enciso (knee) and Jakub Moder (ACL) are longer-term absentees. 

The Debate: Who makes the XI to face Brighton? Video

The Debate: Who makes the XI to face Brighton?

The Debate: Full episode | A home debut for Hojlund? Who starts at left-back and right-wing? We look at the big topics…


Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has been a revelation since his arrival at the Amex Stadium just under a year ago, earning praise for his possession-based style of play.

The Italian guided the Seagulls to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, securing European football for the first time in the club’s history. 

The 44-year-old has previously managed several Italian sides, including Palermo and Sassuolo, while he was at the helm for Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk before taking over at Brighton.

Is Pellistri in the frame to face Brighton?


The visit of the Seagulls and the composition of our starting XI generated some discussion on The Debate.


If passed fit, Brighton’s 18-year-old striker Ferguson could be a threat to United’s backline, following his impressive hat-trick against Newcastle.

Winger Kaoru Mitoma is another in-form player for De Zerbi’s side, with one goal and three assists already to his name in the Premier League this season. 

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk is a reliable and ever-present figure at centre-back, displaying composure on the ball and formidable aerial ability. The skipper was one of the impressive performers in England's 3-1 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Have Brighton improved this season? Video

Have Brighton improved this season?

The Debate: Hot topic | What can United expect from the Seagulls on Saturday? Our panel have differing opinions…


Aside from our clash with Brighton, the other standout fixtures from this weekend include West Ham hosting Man City at the London Stadium and Arsenal’s trip to Merseyside to face Everton. 


Wolves v Liverpool (12:30 BST)
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Fulham v Luton
UNITED v Brighton
Tottenham v Sheffield United
West Ham v Man City
Newcastle v Brentford (17:30 BST)


Bournemouth v Chelsea (14:00 BST)
Everton v Arsenal (16:30 BST)


Nottingham Forest v Burnley (19:45 BST)

*Matches kick-off at 15:00 BST unless stated.


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