Is Manchester United v Brighton on TV, what's the team news, what are the odds?

Manchester United will target a seventh successive victory under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 9:53 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 5:12 pm
Paul Pogba in action during Manchester United's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Brighton earlier this season. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

United have been in red hot form under caretaker boss Solskjaer and have scored 17 goals and conceded just three since he took charge last month. They ran out 1-0 winners away to Tottenham in their last game.

Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League, level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, and six points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League position.

Brighton's four-game unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 1-0 at home to Premier League leaders Liverpool last weekend.

The Seagulls are 13th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

What time does Manchester United v Brighton kick off?

The game gets underway at 3pm from Old Trafford. United beat Brighton twice at home last season, 1-0 in the Premier League and 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals. However, Albion have tasted victory in their last two matches against United, 1-0 in May and 3-2 in August.

Is the game on TV?

No. Albion are not on television again until the home match with Burnley on February 9. United are next televised on February 3 when they travel to Leicester.

Highlights of Saturday's match will be on Match of the Day on BBC One from 10.20pm that evening.

What’s the team news?

United forward Alexis Sanchez is set to return to full training this week and could be back available for Saturday's game following a hamstring injury.

Defender Chris Smalling could also be back available on Saturday after a foot injury but no return date has been set for Marcos Rojo.

Eric Bailly is available again after suspension.

Brighton will be without goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who are at the Asian Cup with Australia and Iran respectively.

Left-back Bernardo (hamstring) and winger Jose Izquierdo (knee) could also be missing, along with midfielder Yves Bissouma, who was not involved against Liverpool at the weekend owing to a hip injury.

Who is the referee?

Paul Tierney will be the man in the middle at Old Trafford. He has shown 56 yellow cards and one red in 14 Premier League matches this season.

The assistant referees will be Simon Beck and Mick McDonough, with Lee Mason the fourth official.

What are the odds?

Manchester United are firm favourites to win on PaddyPower, priced at 1/4. The draw is 9/2 and a Brighton victory is 10/1.

United beat Albion 1-0 at home in the league last season and a repeat of that scoreline is 11/2. A repeat of Brighton's 3-2 victory over United from August is 90/1.

Romelu Lukaku is 16/5 to get the first goal and 8/11 to net anytime. In-form Marcus Rashford is 9/2 to score first and 6/5 anytime, while Anthony Martial is 7/2 and 10/11 respectively.

Midfielder Paul Pogba is 5/1 to get the first goal and 5/4 to score anytime during the 90 minutes.

Brighton striker Glenn Murray is 9/1 to net the opening the goal at Old Trafford and 13/5 to score anytime.

Florin Andone is 11/1 and 16/5 respectively, with Jurgen Locadia 14/1 and 5/1.

Defender Shane Duffy, who has four Premier League goals this season, is 50/1 to score first and 14/1 to net anytime.