Maupay scores with a Panenka!
That is delicious, although De Gea does not look best pleased with Maupay's impudence.
Lallana feeds a pass into Lamptey and he won the race with Fernandes and got a touch on the ball before the Manchester United midfielder caught him from behind. Maupay to take.
35 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Brighton put it in the mixer from successive set-pieces and once again Webster looks a threat. Nice from Pogba to take the ball under pressure and carry the ball forward. Wins a foul from Lallana in the United half.
33 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Pogba caught out near the edge of his own box. There has been a lot made of his partnership and Fernandes, but one thing that stands out is they are both very high risk, high reward players. It can look messy when those risks don't come off.
Much better from United as Martial, Rashford and Greenwood combine but the flag goes up for offside after Greenwood found the back of the net.
29 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Brighton hit the woodwork again! Webster's looping header after Maupay stood a cross up to the back post. De Gea was scrambling and may well have got fingertips to it. Brighton the better team unquestionably.
26 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
No signs off life from United as Rashford gets his first touches of the ball in what seems like forever. Pogba penalised for a late tackle of Maupay. United do have the chance to swing the ball in after Wan-Bissaka is fouled on the right.
23 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Brighton have been really cohesive and fluent in possession, just like they were against Chelsea, but are yet to find an opening goal. Maupay gets Matic one-on-one and wins a corner. De Gea just about punches and Connolly flashes a shot across goa.
20 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Wonderful cross whipped in from the left by Fernandes, but it just evaded the head of Antony Martial. Any touch either from Martial or the defender and that would have been the opening goal.
Up the other end, Trossard finds more space between the lines and he strikes his low-shot well across De Gea and it clips the foot of the post. The Belgian has now hit both posts in the first 20 minutes.
17 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Half a chance for United, especially at the feet of Greenwood. Lamptey with a loose ball after a throw-in in Brighton's right-back area, and Greenwood dragged his shot across goal with his left foot. Lovely move from Brighton, with March overlapping down the left, and his cross flicks off Linelof's heel straight at De Gea.
15 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Nice dribble from Lamptey in a central area but United deal with the free-kick that comes from him winning a foul. This time it's Luke Shaw's turn to pass to a blue shirt. United are struggling for rhythm.
12 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Fernandes' radar has been way off so far. Keps mis-placing passes and the last one set off a Brighton counter but Lindelof did well to slow Maupay down and block his shot. It was two-on-two back there.
9 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Connolly and Maupay are causing a few problems with diagonal runs down the side of Maguire and Lindelof. The home side will be pleased with how the game is panning out, they are keeping the ball well.
United worked it well to Fernandes there though, too much space between the Brighton lines, but Greenwood goes goes down weakly looking for a free-kick.
Brighton get back on the attack and Trossard cracks a left-footed shot off the post form the edge of the area!
6 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
A loose ball from Maupay gifts United the chance to counter-attack but Fernandes fails to pick the right pass and Brighton have the ball back. Trossard has picked up some promising positions in the early minutes.
4 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Brighton are not showing much interest in pressing United, instead dropping into their defensive shell and defending deep. Connolly and Maupay do well to make the most of a 50:50 long ball and Brighton have a corner after a Maupay pass runs off Lindelof.
They try one of the training ground and take it short but the cross is cut out.
2 minutes: Brighton 0 Man Utd 0
Strong challenge from Maguire on Maupay which will do him a world of good. The visitors have started brightly and the opening exchanges are in Brighton's half. Pogba looks for Rashford over the top with a lofted pass but Dunk reads it well and intercepts.
United, who have lost their last two visits to Brighton, get us started.
Players are on their way out
United started horrendously last week against Palace. They need to show more sharpness and authority today.
It was a nice result and performance against Newcastle. We need to start again today against a top team and that is the challenge. The boys are looking forward to it, pitching ourselves against one of the best team in the league.We have played a lot of the top teams post lockdown and we had had draws but the challenge is to try and win today. The past is the past, we need to focus on the now.
Can United tighten up?
Brighton play with a strong focus on getting players between the lines, and United's defensive distances need to be much smaller than they were against Palace. Maguire and Lindelof have a tendency to drop off to make up for their lack of pace, but that just makes the defensive jobs of their midfielders so much harder. Can Matic cover the ground?
Will be interesting to compare Lamptey and AWB
"He's got that fire in his belly."
"I'm not surprised, I trained with the lad when he was 16 and he impressed on and off the pitch!"
Joe Cole and @rioferdy5 on how Tariq Lamptey is reaping the benefits of testing himself by leaving Chelsea 🙌 pic.twitter.com/pVm6CZqxSc
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 26, 2020
That's a strong Manchester United team
Probably their first-choice front five with Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford and Martial. Brighton are committed to building play in measured fashion from the back, but they need to be so careful when the ball turns overs.
Brighton team: Maupay and Connolly start
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 26, 2020
Manchester United team: Lindelof and Maguire paired again
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 26, 2020
Defensive reshuffle for United?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to give Eric Bailly the chance to prove he should be Harry Maguire’s centre-half partner this season as the Manchester United manager warned there could be no more “sloppy” defending.
Bailly impressed alongside captain Maguire in Tuesday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Luton Town and the Ivory Coast defender is hoping to keep his place for today's trip to Brighton on Saturday at Victor Lindelof’s expense.
Lindelof has had an underwhelming past 12 months at United and his struggles continued during a calamitous showing in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, when the Swede was culpable in all three goals as Solskjaer’s side began the season on the back foot.
Bailly’s Old Trafford career has been plagued by injury and disciplinary issues, but Solskjaer has opened the door for the 26-year-old to dislodge Lindelof and nail down a regular starting place if he can stay fit.
“Eric is fit again now, which is a big bonus and a big plus for us, and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop and playing more games this season because we’ve been waiting for him to first be fit and then playing more regularly,” the United manager said.
“When you find a team that gels together, it’s easier to keep that team for a while. We saw after restart… that was the team that found their feet and form. I am not going to take anything away from any individual to stake a claim and be a regular.
“It could be a partnership of any two strikers, any two midfielders, any two centre-backs, wingers, we need to get some consistency in their performances.”
Brighton were impressive in defeat against Chelsea and took Newcastle apart last time out. Tariq Lamptey has been outstanding at right wing-back.
Full team news on the way shortly.