After an eventful clash at the Amex last weekend, United are back on the south coast for some League Cup action. The Seagulls will be scratching their heads having come away with nothing from their league meeting, hitting the post a record five times while the full time whistle blew with the score at 2-2, only for Chris Kavanagh to call the players back onto the pitch to allow Bruno Fernandez to take a penalty.
We’d expect to see largely different personnel take to the field this time out, especially with big league fixtures at the weekend against Everton and Spurs for Brighton and United, respectively.
That said, we wouldn’t expect Graham Potter to make 11 changes like he has for the last two cup rounds with the quality of opposition they now face.
United aren’t exactly prolific in the competition, reaching just one final in the last 10 years, while they’ve existed before the semis seven times in the last decade, and at this stage or earlier in half of the last eight editions, so Brighton may smell an opportunity.
The Seagulls will be after revenge, though we’d still expect a lot of changes and their squad isn’t nearly as deep as their visitors.
Manchester United To Win
One area we can draw on is the hosts’ record against top tier opposition at this level, and it doesn’t help their cause.
They’ve lost each of their last five such matches since 2011/12, while Potter proved last season when hosting Aston Villa in this competition that he’s not inclined to field a strong lineup against fellow Premier League sides, and they lost that clash 3-1.
They also haven’t made it past this stage of a league cup since 1978-79, so it’s hard to make a strong case for them.
Their performances last year didn’t achieve the results they deserved for large parts of the season, and that seems to have somewhat translated over to this year too, losing to both Chelsea and United despite the scoreline not reflecting the performance, and that has pushed the visitor’s price out long enough to get behind.
Donny Van De Beek To Score Anytime
Donny van de Beek will likely get a runout and a chance to further impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dutchman scored on his debut when coming off the bench against Crystal Palace, while he made good runs and got into good areas in the last round against Luton, and if he puts in a similar performance he looks well priced to register his second goal for his new club.