Kick-off: 1400, 07/08/2022
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United may feel they have a score to settle with Brighton after being humbled by a 4-0 Premier League drubbing at Amex Stadium in May.
New boss Erik ten Hag doesn’t look the type to stand for a similarly lifeless display, especially in his first competitive match at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have won five straight head-to-head meetings at this venue, even if Albion have generally been competitive in those fixtures.
Let’s go with 3.5 for a home win and both teams to score as our initial Man Utd vs Brighton prediction.
Manchester United Odds
United lost their way late on last season after the decision to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with short-term option Ralf Rangnick backfired.
Dutchman Ten Hag has now taken over on a three-year deal after guiding Ajax to three straight Eredivisie titles and the early signs are that he means business.
High-profile players Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani have been allowed to move on, sparking hopes of change in culture at Old Trafford.
Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt believes his former boss has what it takes to turn things around at a club which has been slipping downhill since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
“He is someone who loves his job and he loves to work,” said centre-back De Ligt. “He’s really into the details. This makes him a really good trainer.
“He definitely improves players. He wants to do everything to make his team play better.”
Getting the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford back on track would be a huge boost.
If United’s key players buy into Ten Hag’s philosophy and tactics, there is enough talent in this team to comfortably claim a top-four finish.
Brighton & Hove Albion Odds
Brighton may have done just a little bit too well when securing ninth spot thanks to a strong finish.
Albion also accounted for Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves in a run of five wins in eight matches to close their campaign.
That impressive sequence attracted the attention of scouts from richer clubs and highly-rated midfielder Yves Bissouma was lost to Spurs for £25million.
Seagulls boss Graham Potter reacted graciously, stating: “The transfer is a very good one for the club and player.
“Yves has shown his undoubted ability and been an important player for us during his time with us.
“Now he has a new challenge with Tottenham, including the opportunity to play Champions League football, and everyone at the club wishes him well.”
Potter has rightly earned plenty of plaudits for his positive style of play and doesn’t seem to let much ruffle his feathers.
Albion started brightly last term, posting four wins from their opening five league games, so a bold showing is anticipated here.
We think they will come up just short, though, and 3.4 for them to lose by one goal at Old Trafford for the fourth time in six years completes our Man Utd vs Brighton betting tips.
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