Manchester United’s progress or lack of in the transfer market continues to provide an unwanted distraction for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But progress on the pitch is slowing evidently, meaning the Carabao Cup is key for convincing the squad that they can brush off a sluggish start to the season.
After escaping from the Amex with a victory thanks to late VAR drama, United will hope to put in a performance that gives them a better chance of winning more comfortably here.
Graham Potter’s side will be confident that they can unsettle their opponents though, despite late heartache.
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When is it?
The game kicks off at 7.45pm at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.
How can I watch it?The match will air live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm following the conclusion of Newport vs Newcastle. Subscribers can also stream the game live on the Sky Sports app and website.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
What is the team news?
After 10 changes for the previous round, expect changes again from Solskjaer, with Harry Maguire retained last time and likely to remain here too. Dean Henderson, Juan Mata and Eric Bailly look sure to come in, while Daniel James and Odion Ighalo may get some game time, despite uncertainty over their futures. Brandon Williams, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Jesse Lingard could come in too.
Phil Jones is still out with a knee problem, while Axel Tuanzebe has a foot problem still. Sergio Romero is away due to personal reasons.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Alexis Mac Allister impressed in the last rounds against Preston and Portsmouth, so could come back in here – though the latter is nursing a groin injury. Midfielder Yves Bissouma is still suspended.
Brighton: Steele; Veltman, Burn, Roberts, Bernardo, Propper, Sanders; Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Mac Allister; Gyokeres
United: Henderson; Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; Fred, McTominay; Mata, Van de Beek, Lingard; Ighalo
United have better depth, as well as a hunger among the squad to prove their worth as Solskjaer whittles down his squad in the final days of the window. Brighton’s motivation and approach should ensure a lively game though and we’ll lean towards revenge for Potter’s side with their priorities gradually shifting away from merely surviving in the Premier League. 3-2 to the Seagulls.
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