It’s been nearly quarter of a decade since Manchester United and Brighton were in the same division of the football pyramid. That was 1982-83, and though Brighton were relegated from Division One in last place, they managed to reach the FA Cup final. A 2-2 meant a replay, which United won handily enough, 4-0.
The last time these two teams played came ten seasons later, in 1992-93. United, by strange coincidence, ended up facing Brighton three times that season: the second round of the League Cup, a two-legged tie, as well as the fourth round of the FA Cup. In both cases, United progressed, though they didn’t win either competition. Did win a title, though. First in a while.
The modern edition of Brighton are, like most Chris Hughton sides, well-organised, difficult to beat, and slightly better than they have any right being, considering the budgets involved. They currently sit in a highly respectable ninth place, six points clear of the relegation zone, and only the Big Five — City, United, Chelsea, Spurs, and Burnley — have conceded fewer goals than their 13. If United are to get the win they want, the win they possibly need, then they’ll have to earn it.
Premier League schedule
It’s a 15.00 kick-off in the UK, which is midday on the east coast of the USA, and 09.00 in the west coast. Happy thanksgiving to you all, by the way.
Premier League TV channel
You’re out of luck in the UK, thanks to the 3 o’clock blackout. In the USA you’ll need NBCSN. Everyone else should head on over to LiveSoccerTV.
Premier League streaming
Nothing legal in the UK; NBC Sports Live in the USA.
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