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Predicted Man Utd line-up vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Victor Lindelof starts

Manchester United are scheduled to host Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

The game was initially due to be played in December, but it was postponed due to multiple coronavirus cases within the United camp.

This will be the first meeting between the sides this season, and it could be another tricky challenge for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Brighton have suffered just four defeats in their 23 league games this term, but United can ill afford another slip-up after back-to-back draws.

They are one point behind fourth-placed West Ham United with a game in hand, but Arsenal are better placed in the Champions League pursuit.

The Gunners are two points behind the Hammers with three matches in hand. United need to pile the pressure by returning to winning ways.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Predicted Line-up:

David de Gea has probably been the best-performing goalkeeper in the Premier League this term but was named the Player of the Month for January.

Despite his splendid saves, he has conceded regularly with a vulnerable defence in front.

He made a strong one-handed block to deny Southampton’s Armando Broja on Saturday.

The 31-year-old can anticipate another busy game in goal. Brighton have netted three goals in the last two meetings against United, though they have lost.

Ralf Rangnick has not been critical over any individual defensive performance. He gave his full backing to Harry Maguire last week, and there were no surprises that the club captain started against the Saints.

However, with the short turnaround time, Rangnick could be tempted to rotate his options.

We fancy Victor Lindelof to replace Maguire, who has struggled since the winter break. He could accompany Raphael Varane.

Diogo Dalot should keep his place ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, but Alex Telles should be pushing for a starting role ahead of Luke Shaw at left-back. He has had a few training sessions after his COVID-19 absence.

Fred could return to training after being sidelined with coronavirus, but the game may come too soon for him to start. This should see Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba keep their places in midfield.

The latter has been in sparkling form since his injury comeback. Nemanja Matic is out with a shin injury.

Further forward, there could be a solitary change with Marcus Rashford dropping to the bench despite his assist for Jadon Sancho.

The England star barely made an impact apart from his cross, which contributed to the opening goal.

Anthony Elanga seems the likely choice to replace him. He could feature on the left wing with Sancho shifting to the opposite flank.

Bruno Fernandes should continue in the number 10 position, though he has been drifting all over the place lately.

Edinson Cavani is a big doubt for the game with a groin problem that kept him out of the Southampton encounter.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to continue up front. The Portuguese is currently experiencing his worst goal drought since 2009. He will be desperate to score his first goal of 2022.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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