Pogba and Lukaku start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Man United XI to face Brighton

Manchester United host Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday’s afternoon kick-off at Old Trafford. The Red Devils succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the midweek Champions League game, and Jose Mourinho will be keen to bounce back with a victory over Chris Hughton’s side.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea has been ever-present in the Premier League this campaign, and he is likely to retain the sticks after an extended rest in midweek, where Sergio Romero deputised in his position.

Mourinho has previously revealed that Eric Bailly could make the Brighton clash, and the Ivorian could potentially feature alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young were left out of the squad altogether in midweek, but they are likely to return to the first XI in the right and left-back positions respectively.

Paul Pogba played round about an hour against Basel, and the Frenchman could be fancied to start alongside Nemanja Matic for the second Premier League game on the trot.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford played together during the 4-1 thumping of the Magpies, and Mourinho could be tempted to start the pair once more – on either side of number 10, Juan Mata.

Romelu Lukaku had another forgettable performance in midweek, but he will relish the opportunity of improving on his 12-goal tally against Brighton, who are likely to place emphasis on defence.

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