Premier League preview: Manchester United vs Brighton prediction and odds
Check out our 7/5 Manchester United vs Brighton prediction below
Erik ten Hag becomes the eighth manager of Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013 and boy does he have a job on his hands if he is to turn last season's sinking ship around.
Signs from pre-season games have largely been promising and it looks like the former Ajax boss is instilling a sense of discipline and team ethic that this group of players so desperately needed. However, personnel clearly still remains an issue because there can be no doubt this side needs upgrades in several departments, most importantly in central midfield.
The Cristiano Ronaldo situation is doing the club, the manager and his teammates no favours whatsoever and it would probably be in everyone's best interests if he could secure a move away from Old Trafford.
It is really difficult to know what to expect from United this season. Progress is imperative but that won't be easy given all of the sides around them in the Premier League have strengthened over the summer. That said, United should get their new season off to a winning start against a Brighton side that has never won at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
United are 8/13 favourites with Betway to pick up three points on Sunday, while the Seagulls are 9/2 to cause what would be an upset despite United's current plight.
Brighton secured a top-ten finish last term, amassing just seven points less than United, and although they are not exactly watertight defensively, they did rack up eleven clean sheets, thanks in no small part to some tremendous displays from goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
However, the Seagulls have lost two of their best players over the summer in midfield dynamo Yves Bissouma and left-back Marc Cucurella, and the acquisition of Paraguayan strike Julio Enciso will need to prove a very shrewd piece of business if Brighton are to improve on their meagre 1.1 goals per game from last season.
Brighton managed to avoid defeat in 15 of their 19 away games last season and it's been on the road that they have been most effective, so this isn't likely to be an easy opener for United despite the optimism surrounding the new manager.
However, Brighton's record at Old Trafford is poor and Graham Potter's side won't find it easy to operate to the same level as they did last season without Bissouma and Cucurella in their ranks, so this might just be a good time to host the Seagulls.
It's going to take time for ten Hag to drill this team to the levels he wants to get to but the signs have been promising in pre-season and if the new boss can get Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho firing as a front three — although the Frenchman will likely be out injured against Brighton — then United can begin to head back in the right direction.
United should come flying out of the blocks so let's enhance that 8/13 win price by backing Ten Hag's side to be in front at both half-time and full-time. United/United in the HT/FT market is 7/5 and that feels like a decent wager here.
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