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Brighton vs Manchester United LIVE commentary: Red Devils fight to seal European football in final match – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Manchester United will hope to secure European football this afternoon when they travel to Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Red Devils beat Newcastle 3-2 on Wednesday night to move back level on points with the Toons, but their goal difference is much lower.

Manchester United's victory at Old Trafford made the race for Europe interesting

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Manchester United’s victory at Old Trafford made the race for Europe interesting

Erik ten Hag’s men must therefore win and hope that Brentford takes points from the Magpies to guarantee a certain form of European football.

Of course, if they won the FA Cup, they would take the Europa League rather than Europa Conference League football.

Meanwhile, Brighton lost 2-1 to Chelsea and will want to end the season with a victory for their home supporters.

Roberto De Zerbi’s men failed to live up to their performances last year and are in danger of finishing outside the top ten.

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Brighton vs Man United: race for Europe

Chelsea have now sealed some form of European football for next year, even if they lose on the final day of the season.

It therefore falls to Newcastle and Man United for final place, although the Toon can still finish sixth due to their superior goal difference to Chelsea.

This means Man United are still the outside bet to seal that seventh spot.

Indeed, Newcastle simply need to match the Red Devils’ result against Brighton to finish above Ten Hag’s men.

However, the Magpies will likely be hurt after their defeat at Old Trafford, and Man United will look to take advantage.

It's very close in the race for Europe

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It’s very close in the race for Europe
  • Brighton have won each of their last four Premier League matches against Manchester United – the last team to beat the Red Devils in five consecutive league matches was Norwich City between 1988 and 1990.
  • Manchester United have lost four of their six Premier League away matches against Brighton (67%), their highest away defeat rate against any team in the competition.
  • Brighton have lost their last match in four of their six Premier League campaigns, apart from a 2-1 win at Burnley (2019-20) and a 3-1 home win over West Ham (2021). -22).

Brighton vs Man United: line-up

Brighton: Steele, Gross, Webster, Igor, Barco, Baleba, Moder, Adingra, Lallana, Joao Pedro, Welbeck

Substitutes: Verbruggen, Lamptey, Enciso, Gilmour, Fati, Buonanotte, Offiah, Peupion, Baker-Boaitey

Man United: Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Martinez, Dalot, Mainoo, Amrabat, Diallo, Garnacho, McTominay, Fernandes

Subs: Bayindir, Rashford, Hojlund, Eriksen, Varane, Antony, Evans, Kambwala, Collyer

Referee: Craig Pawson

Rashford is in great shape

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Rashford is in great shapeCredit: Getty
Bruno Fernandes provides update on Manchester United’s future before Erik ten Hag interrupts his interview
  • Manchester United have lost their last league match in two of the last five seasons (3 wins), as many times as in the previous 33 campaigns (23 wins, 8 draws).
  • Manchester United won 3-2 against Newcastle United last time out, despite shooting 21 times. It was the seventh time this season they had won a Premier League game against more than 20 shots, the most ever in a campaign with Charlton Athletic in 2003-04.
  • In their first 19 Premier League matches this season, Brighton were the fifth highest scorers in the Premier League (38 goals) and had a conversion rate of 13.3%. In their last 18 games since the turn of the year, only Everton (15) have scored fewer goals than the Seagulls (17), with a conversion rate of 6.6%, the worst of any team in this period. period.

Brighton vs Man United: what was said?

Man United manager Ten Hag was pleased with his side’s performance against Newcastle and issues a rallying cry to fans after the match.

He said: “As you know, it was not an easy season, but one thing remained constant: your support for the team.

“But this season is not over yet. We will travel to Brighton where we will seek three points, then we will go to Wembley. And I promise you that the players will give everything to bring a cup to Old Trafford.”

Brighton suffered another defeat after losing 2-1 to Chelsea

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Brighton suffered another defeat after losing 2-1 to ChelseaCredit: Getty
  • Brighton’s Pascal Groß has scored more Premier League goals against Manchester United than against any other team (7). He has scored in his last three games against them in the competition, with only Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (5), Mohamed Salah (5) and Sergio Agüero (4) having scored in consecutive appearances against the Red Devils.
  • Since Boxing Day, Man Utd striker Rasmus Højlund has scored nine goals from just 19 shots in the Premier League, a shot conversion rate of 47%. This is the best ratio of a player to attempt more than 5 shots during this period.
  • Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has created 113 chances in the Premier League this season, 14 more than any other player. He also created the most chances last season (119) and is the first player to do so in consecutive seasons since Eden Hazard in 2013-14 (93) and 2014-15 (100).

Brighton vs Man United: date and how to follow

This Premier League match will take place on Sunday May 18.

Kick-off at the Amex is scheduled for 4 p.m.

talkSPORT will provide live coverage of the game via the app.

Comments will come from Tim Long.

talkSPORT.com will also have a dedicated live blog to keep you up to date with all the action from the final day.

To tune in to talkSPORT via the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, via your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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