Manchester United are back in FA Cup action today, taking on fellow Premier League side (yes, we had to double check too) Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. After a meek surrender to Sevilla in the Champions League, United are hoping for an instant response. Not only does the FA Cup represent United’s last chance of securing silverware this season (it didn’t do Louis van Gaal much good two years ago, mind), but a win this weekend would also give the squad a chance to head into the international break on a relative high.
José Mourinho has confirmed that the same squad that was available in midweek will be available against Brighton, though we should we all hope he does a better job of managing them. Paul Pogba may not yet be fully fit after his recent injury, but he is likely to come in for the also unfit Marouane Fellaini following the Belgian’s less-than-convincing start on Tuesday. Juan Mata’s impressive record as a starter may see him replace Jesse Lingard in the starting XI as well. Sergio Romero has done nothing to lose his place in goal for this competition, but given that the FA Cup is all that is left to play for this season, we don’t expect to see much further rotation.
FA Cup schedule
We’re getting underway at 19.45 UK time, which is 3:45 PM on the east coast of the USA, and a brunchy 12.45 PM on the west. Solid chance we’ll all be on various stages of boozing then.
FA Cup TV channel
Those in the UK can catch the action on BT Sport 1. In the States, you can choose between Fox Sports 2 or Fox Deportes depending on language preference. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV for options.
FA Cup streaming
Those in the UK should navigate to BT Sport’s live streaming service; Fox Sports Go or Fox Soccer Match Pass for those on the other side of the pond.
Prediction: Sergio Romero; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matić, Paul Pogba; Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Alexis Sánchez; Romelu Lukaku.
Update: Pogba is on the bench, and Anthony Martial returns to the starting XI.
Lukaku puts United 1-0 up with a header in the 37th minute.
Matić doubles the lead late on.
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