Manchester United travel to the Amex Stadium for the penultimate game of their Premier League season against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Red Devils recently ended a three-match winless run with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Brentford at Old Trafford.
Despite the result, the club are out of contention for the fourth spot, and it would require a miracle of sorts to qualify for the Champions League.
United can utmost secure 64 points for the campaign which would equal their lowest-ever points tally in a single Premier League season.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur need just two and four points respectively to surpass that tally. The north London duo have two games in hand.
Hence, it could be a season with Europa League football for United next term, but they must pick up another four points to ensure qualification.
United have a stunning record against Brighton with seven straight wins, but they had plenty of luck during last season’s visit of Amex.
The Seagulls hit the woodwork on a record five occasions. Bruno Fernandes eventually won the game for United with a penalty (3-2 victory) that was awarded after the full-time whistle.
It could be another difficult outing in the south Coast against Graham Potter’s side, who have already beaten the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur away from home this season.
Here is how Man Utd could line up against Brighton:
David de Gea has been United’s player of the season with several outstanding performances. He made a trademark save with his foot to deny Ivan Toney on Monday. The Spaniard is expected to start between the sticks.
The defence could stay unchanged. Diogo Dalot produced one of his better performances this term and was particularly impressive with his long-range distribution. The Portuguese should continue at right-back over Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
In central defence, Victor Lindelof should continue to line up alongside Raphael Varane. Harry Maguire is close to making his comeback from a knee niggle, but the game may come too soon for him. He could ideally start on the final matchday at Crystal Palace.
Alex Telles has been defensively vulnerable on occasions, but remains an undisputed starter at left-back with Luke Shaw ruled out for the campaign after a leg surgery. The Brazilian bagged an assist from a corner against the Bees and will be hoping to replicate the feat.
At the heart of the midfield, we fancy a solitary change with Fred making his first start since recovering from a calf problem. The Brazilian could be accompanied by Nemanja Matic, who has turned up with promising displays of late. He has two assists in his last three games.
Further forward, Anthony Elanga should be rewarded with another start on the right wing over Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard after bagging an assist versus Brentford. Jadon Sancho is unavailable due to tonsillitis.
Bruno Fernandes has not had the best of seasons, but has still managed 16 goal contributions in the league. He could start on the left wing to compensate for Juan Mata’s presence.
Juan Mata has barely played for United this term, but showed his class against Brentford. The Spaniard delivered some excellent through balls and was unlucky to not register an assist after Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half goal was chalked off for offside. He should continue in the number 10 role.
Up front, Ronaldo is expected to lead the line. The Portuguese has had a fine homecoming season with 24 goals. With points still vital for Europa League qualification, Rangnick is unlikely to play Edinson Cavani over him.
Predicted Man Utd line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; Fred, Matic; Elanga, Mata, Fernandes; Ronaldo.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com
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