Match preview: Brighton v United

Thursday 05 May 2022 07:00

Manchester United travel down to the south coast to take on Brighton & Hove Albion this Saturday evening.

Ralf Rangnick’s side will be looking to build upon Monday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Brentford in the Premier League.

The Reds currently occupy sixth place in the table, three points behind Tottenham, who have played two games more.

Here is all you need to know about this weekend’s fixture, which is our penultimate match of the 2021/22 campaign…
90 in 20: United v Brentford Video

90 in 20: United v Brentford

Extended highlights of our clash with the Bees are available to watch now...


The game will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports with kick-off scheduled for 17:30 BST. 

MUTV will also have exclusive build-up, featuring team news, followed by live radio commentary and reaction after the final whistle.

Alternatively, there will be text updates and in-match data as part of our coverage on and in the app as events unfold at the Amex Stadium.

Ralf Rangnick is hopeful that captain Harry Maguire will play again this season after being out with a knee injury, however Jadon Sancho has been ruled out for the remaining two games with tonsillitis by Rangnick.

Edinson Cavani and Fred may be in contention to start after making returns from the bench in the win against Brentford.

The hosts may be without midfielder Enock Mwepu after he was forced off during their 3-0 win at Wolves at the weekend. Tariq Lamptey may be back in contention to start at full-back for the Seagulls, after he missed their game against Southampton but made an appearance from the substitutes bench against Wolves. Albion's Jakub Moder has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Rangnick provides fitness update


Ralf discusses Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho's potential availability for the last two games.


United go into the game on the back of a 3-0 victory at home against Brentford on Monday. Bruno Fernandes scored his 50th for the club as Ronaldo continued to break new records.

On the road, the Reds have had a disappointing run of form of late but Rangnick’s side will be looking to secure all three points in the first of two away matches to close out our campaign, with a trip to Crystal Palace to follow on the final day.

Brighton sit in ninth position after recently beating Arsenal and Tottenham. Graham Potter’s men have lost just one of their last six games, which was against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 20 April.


This will be the 28th meeting between the two sides; the Reds have won on 19 occasions so far to Brighton’s three, with five games resulting in draws.  

In the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in February, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were the scorers as United won 2-0. Brighton captain Lewis Dunk was shown a red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity when he brought down Anthony Elanga.

The Reds went to the Amex twice last season. In the Premier League, a Bruno Fernandes penalty won the game for United in dramatic fashion with the final kick. Earlier, a solo strike from Marcus Rashford and a own goal by Dunk set United up for a 3-2 win.

Four days later, United cruised to a 3-0 win in the League Cup, with Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba all scoring.
90 in 20: United 2 Brighton 0 Video

90 in 20: United 2 Brighton 0

Watch the extended highlights of our Premier League home win over Brighton...


Referee: Andy Madley. 
Assistants: Darren Cann, Adrian Holmes. 
Fourth official: John Brooks. 
VAR: Chris Kavanagh. 
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis. 


All 20 Premier League teams are in action over the course of this weekend.


Brentford v Southampton
Burnley v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Watford
Brighton & Hove Albion v UNITED (17:30 BST)
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (19:45 BST) 


Arsenal v Leeds United (14:00 BST)
Leicester City v Everton (14:00 BST)
Norwich City v West Ham United (14:00 BST)
Manchester City v Newcastle United (16:30 BST)

All kick-offs are 15:00 BST unless stated.