Manchester United is gearing up to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, and head coach Erik ten Hag will likely have to work with the same group of players as before due to a number of injurie, Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, Tom Heaton, Phil Jones, Raphael Varane, and Lisandro Martinez are all still out of contention, while Scott McTominay may also miss the game due to a lingering injury.
Despite these setbacks, United’s defense has been performing well, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw were able to successfully keep Aston Villa’s attackers at bay in their previous match, and they could do the same against Brighton.
This means that Harry Maguire will likely remain on the bench, with Lindelof and Shaw starting in front of goalkeeper David de Gea. Additionally, Tyrell Malacia could be playing on the left, as he has been impressive in recent matches.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was a key player in United’s FA Cup semi-final win over Brighton, is expected to return to the team at right-back, replacing Diogo Dalot.
Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes could continue playing on the right, unless his ankle issue flares up again.
In midfield, United has a few options, with Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, and Marcel Sabitzer providing a formidable presence.
Marcus Rashford is expected to lead the attack, with Anthony Martial and Wout Weghorst starting on the bench in the previous match.
Antony is also a potential replacement for Jadon Sancho on the left.
Overall, United’s possible starting lineup is De Gea in goal, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Shaw, and Malacia in defense, with Casemiro as the holding midfielder and Fernandes, Sabitzer, Eriksen, and Antony in midfield, and Rashford as the lone striker.
While injuries have been a problem for United this season, the team has been able to adapt and come up with successful strategies.
With the right lineup and tactics, they could defeat Brighton and secure a crucial three points in their quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League.