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Rashford starts – 4-3-3: Man Utd predicted XI to face Brighton

Manchester United travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night where three points would wrap up second place with two games to spare.

We head to the south coast on a three-game winning streak in all competitions whilst the hosts are winless in seven (D3, L4) since beating Arsenal at the beginning of March.

Brighton do have a five-point lead over the bottom three with three games to go.

Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will send out at Amex this evening:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea
A single clean sheet in any of our final three games of the season will wrap up the Golden Glove award for David de Gea.  The Spaniard has so far kept 17 of them in his 35 Premier League appearances this season and one of those was in the reverse fixture back in November.

Defence: Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young
Eric Bailly’s absence remains somewhat of a mystery whilst Phil Jones is a doubt with a knock.  I can see Victor Lindelof making his 13th start of the season on Friday, alongside Chris Smalling in the heart of our defence.  Antonio Valencia has no competition at right-back whilst Jose continues to stick with Ashley Young on the opposite flank.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba
Nemanja Matic has consistently been the holding man for us this season and there’s no reason why the Serbian won’t maintain his spot on Friday.  As we will be looking to control possession and dictate the game I expect to see Ander Herrera given the start ahead of Marouane Fellaini.  Scott McTominay hasn’t started a Premier League game for a while.  Paul Pogba will play the more attacking role of the midfield trio and we hope he can perform better than he did in our win over Arsenal last weekend.

Attack: Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez
Romelu Lukaku limped off with an ankle injury in the opening minutes of the second half against Arsenal and is expected to miss this one.  Marcus Rashford should get the nod ahead of Anthony Martial to play the striker’s role.  The youngster will have supply from Juan Mata down the right and Alexis Sanchez on the left.

Here’s how our team lines up on paper:

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  1. Purvik

    4 May 2018 at 13:46

    Martial should start often

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