Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Manchester United switch their focus back to a top-four chase in the Premier League on Tuesday night when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

The Red Devils go into the game fresh off the back of reaching a record 30th FA Cup semi-final, but face a Brighton side in encouraging form themselves since the restart.

The Seagulls have beaten Arsenal and then drawn away to third-placed Leicester City so far, although things do not get any easier for them with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City to come in three of the next four.

A record of only one win in 12 matches this calendar year is certainly nothing to brag about, but they will no doubt take confidence from their recent record against teams in the top half of the table.

Indeed, Brighton have avoided defeat in each of their last five meetings with teams currently sitting in the top nine and, while draws may not be good enough for a United side chasing Europe, they are likely to have a much bigger impact at the bottom of the table.

The two results since lockdown so far have edged Graham Potter’s side six points from danger and, considering they have already taken points off Tottenham, Wolves, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal at home this term, they will be optimistic of getting something from Tuesday’s game too.