Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kick off sees Manchester United travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.
United will be keen to right the wrongs of last weekend – where they fell to a 1-3 home defeat to Crystal Palace – and pick up their first Premier League points of the season.
Brighton meanwhile will be hoping to pick up where they left off, with an impressive 3-0 win over Newcastle last time out earning them their first victory after defeat to Chelsea in their opening fixture.
Both sides had Carabao Cup games midweek, and both United and the Seagulls enjoyed wins over Championship opposition in Luton Town and Preston North End respectively.
From a fans’ perspective, it seems frustration is mounting amongst the Old Trafford faithful regarding the sluggish nature of the club’s transfer business – the only fresh face at United so far is Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.
Brighton supporters meanwhile seem pleased with the project Graham Potter is building on the South Coast, with another Ajax man in Joel Veltman arguably the most high-profile addition.
However, those Albion fans may have cause for concern regarding the home form of their side, with Brighton having collected just a single point from their last 15 Premier League games at the Amex Stadium and winning just once in the league in 10 attempts on home turf.
For Manchester United, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not tasted away defeat for 9 months, with the Red Devils’ last loss on the road coming in January.
It must be caveated that there was a large break in the season due to the coronavirus-enforced stoppage of the campaign, resulting in just 7 away fixtures since they last lost – but that remains an impressive feat nonetheless.
On the injury front, United will be without long-term absentees Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, with the centre back pair having been absent since before Project Restart.
Otherwise Solskjaer has a clean bill of health to choose from, with the biggest conundrum coming between the sticks.
David De Gea has been the Norwegian’s favoured number one, but an impressive performance from Dean Henderson in the midweek cup win at Luton gives Solskjaer a decision to make.
The middle of the park may also be an area where changes are made, with new boy van de Beek yet to make his full Premier League debut.
For Brighton and Hove Albion, Graham Potter won’t be able to call upon Dale Stephens following his recent departure to Burnley, nor will he select Jose Izquierdo or Florin Andone due to injury.
Perhaps the most significant injury worry revolves around young duo Tariq Lamptey and Aaron Connolly, who both have minor knocks and are uncertain of a place in the starting eleven.
Yves Bissouma is suspended for the Seagulls after being sent off last week against Newcastle United.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United at the Amex Stadium kicks off at 1230 on Saturday, 26th September.