Manchester United will hope to avoid an unforgettable record in the opening game of the English Premier League on Sunday.
The Red Devils will open Old Trafford for the visit of Brighton, where it will be the team’s first official home game of Erik ten Hag, who took over at the club. This summer too
This game offers a chance for United to retrace their poor record 49 years ago when the ufabet team ended the 1972/73 season with a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea and opened their first game of the 1973/74 season with lost to Arsenal 0-3
The last game of last season, the team lost 0-1 to Crystal Palace. If the opening game of the 2022/23 season, the team lost to “Seagulls” will be the first time in 49 years that this has happened.
Manchester United have bad memories of their last match against Brighton. When they were thrash 0-4 at the Amex in May.
However, Anthony Martial will definitely miss out due to a thigh injury, which leaves Ten Hag in a difficult situation regarding his options in the final third.
Martial’s absence could open the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to start. But the 37-year-old barely feature in pre-season and is still thought to be pining for a transfer away from Old Trafford.
Alternatively, Anthony Elanga could join Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford in the final third, assuming that Sancho recovers from a virus in time to make the squad.
Facundo Pellistri, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams are all also nursing injury problems ahead of Man United’s first Premier League game of the 2022-23 season, with Shaw’s issue increasing Malacia’s chances of earning his full competitive debut.