Manchester United return from the international break to host Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Sunday’s late kick off may see currently 2nd placed United nudged down into 3rd, should Leicester City secure an unlikely result against league leaders Manchester City.

There is just a point separating Manchester United and the Foxes with both clubs on the hunt for Champions League football.

Manchester United may feel like they are still in with a shout of winning the Premier League title – but such has been the infallible nature of Manchester City this campaign that seems highly unlikely.

That being said, United’s last two Premier League results have been wins over their Blue rivals and also Champions League chasing West Ham.

Brighton have also picked up 6 points in their previous two top flight matches, with vital wins over Southampton and Newcastle opening up a 6 point gap to the relegation zone.

Seagulls fans will not have fond memories of the reverse fixture against Manchester United on the opening day of the season, with a VAR check awarding a penalty to United after the full time whistle had sounded.

Bruno Fernandes scored the spot kick for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and ensured the points returned to Manchester on an afternoon in which Albion broke the record for the number of times any team had hit the woodwork in a single Premier League game.

Scoring goals has been an issue for Graham Potter’s men this season, but recently they have hit their straps on a more regular basis.

With their Premier League survival far from secure, an unlikely result against Manchester United would be most welcome for Brighton.

Albion continue to be without 3 key performers in Solly March, Adam Webster and Tariq Lamptey, with March and Lamptey in particular expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Aaron Connolly is also rated touch and go to feature owing to a calf complaint.

For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to make a decision on the fitness of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, with Rashford withdrawing from England duty last week due to an ankle issue.

Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata are also doubts, with the latter mourning the sad passing of his mother.

Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion is a 7.30pm kick off on Sunday 4th April.

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