When Man United plays Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow afternoon at Old Trafford, they’ll be eager to get things back on track.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, must be looking forward to 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon following a fairly tumultuous international break.
After a period dominated by statements, United will restart play against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, kicking off the season’s first three-game week. After all the negativity and controversies that overshadowed the break, United is in desperate need of a positive outcome.
But United knows they’re in for a tough test when they face a Brighton team that has won three of their first four Premier League games this season. One of the most admired teams in the nation, the Seagulls have scored 12 goals in their first four Premier League games this season, leading all teams.
Brighton loves to create opportunities in the wide areas, most frequently through players like Pervis Estupinan, Solly March, and Kaoru Mitoma. Brighton is staffed by attack-minded full-backs and wingers. Ansu Fati, who recently arrived from Barcelona, will also attempt to join the celebration.
United knows they will have a challenging test since Seagulls manager Roberto De Zerbi was fortunate enough to select from an embarrassing wealth of talent. The south coast team may not be in the same league as teams like Arsenal and Manchester City, but many consider them to be the best of the rest right now.
United, however, are also in desperate need of points following a slow start to the season. On paper, their next four league games should be favorable, but the matchup with Brighton is the most difficult, so they must fully capitalize on it.
Jadon Sancho and Antony have naturally dominated the lead-up to the match against the Seagulls, but none of them will participate this weekend. It implies that Facundo Pellistri can now get the opportunity to make his Premier League debut.
The Uruguayan has only made 12 appearances for United since joining the team almost three years ago, with 11 of those coming from the bench. In the second leg of the Reds’ Europa League last-16 match against Real Betis in March, where United had a 4-1 lead after the first leg, he made just one start for the team.
Pellistri had previously been passed up for opportunities, with Bruno Fernandes occasionally favored on the right wing. This time, though, it seems as though the 21-year-old’s release has never come at a better moment.