Manchester United will be looking to maintain their top 4 push as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Fresh off the back of booking an FA Cup semi-final place at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will revert their attention back to league affairs, where they are firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place.
Wolves’ Premier League win over Aston Villa gives them a three-point advantage over United, who needed an extra time winner from Harry Maguire in their FA Cup quarter final to beat ten-man Norwich City on Saturday.
With 5th spot likely being enough for a Champions League place next season if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, cross city rivals United will be feeling the pressure to keep pace with current occupants Wolves.
Brighton and Hove Albion meanwhile are yet to taste defeat in their two games since Project Restart began, with a smash-and-grab win over Arsenal backed up with a goalless draw at Leicester.
The Seagulls will not have felt comfortable when the season resumed, knowing they had one of the tougher run-ins and they were far from safe – but Graham Potter will no doubt be delighted with his side’s showing in their previous two outings.
Albion will be looking to carry that form on against a United side in good nick themselves, with the Red Devils unbeaten in 4 post-restart matches.
Anthony Martial will almost certainly pose a threat against Brighton, with the United forward’s treble against Sheffield United making him the first player to score a Premier League hattrick for the club since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford – Robin van Persie the last man to achieve the feat in 2013.
The Frenchman will no doubt be full of confidence, as will many Manchester United fans following promising performances from marquee midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Centre backs Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are rated 50-50 to feature, whilst goalkeeper David de Gea is expected to return in goal after Sergio Romero was handed an opportunity in the FA Cup win at Carrow Road.
Graham Potter will be without Adam Webster against United, with the lanky centre back forced off with a hamstring strain against Leicester.
Former Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey suffered a nasty gash at the King Power Stadium which required stitches, but he is likely to be included.
Stephen Alzate is on the comeback trail and may feature, but Jose Izquierdo won’t play a part due to a persistent knee issue.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United at the Amex Stadium is an 8.15pm kick off on Tuesday, June 30.