Along with Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, who will be sidelined again with injury, Solskjaer has the choice of a full squad against Brighton, with Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood both pushing for starts.
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So what will the final score be? And with which team will Solskjaer go against the Seagulls? We used FIFA 20 to simulate the outcome of the match.
Brighton vs. United predicted score
To set up this simulation, we used launch mode in FIFA 20, but we didn’t select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the game unfold on its own, to give us a prediction.
AI difficulty has been set to Legendary, with the roster updated with the latest transfers, injuries, and suspensions. But since this is FIFA 20, the kits are from last season, until FIFA 21 is released!
We predict that Brighton could settle into a 5-2-3 / 3-4-3 formation, with the roster as follows: Ryan; Lamptey, White, Dunk, Webster, mars; Lallana, Alzate; Trossard, Connolly, Maupay.
We predict that Uni could settle in a 4-3-3 formation, with their composition as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Fernandes, Pogba; Rashford, Martial, Greenwood.
In our simulation United started well and took control of the game, but they weren’t threatening Matthew Ryan too much in the opposing goal.
The visitors believed they had taken the lead in the 17th minute, with Bruno Fernandes ending in an open net after a shot from Nemanja Matic was returned into the box, but the recovery showed the midfielder was offside.
Just six minutes later, United got the goal their departure warranted. Martial received the ball in the final third before leaping forward and playing a pass to Paul Pogba, who had run into Brighton’s box.
The French midfielder took a touch and sent Ryan back to his near post to open the scoring, in what was worked well by United.
United continued to dominate the game but Brighton did well to keep the opposing team from having any shots on goal as Solskjaer’s men struggled to find that second goal.
A minute before half-time, out of nowhere, Brighton were on the same level. Tariq Lamptey beat Luke Shaw on United’s left before throwing a cross into the zone, with the defender finding an unmarked Adam Lallana, who produced an impressive header in the upper left corner.
After the break it was all in Brighton, with the home side playing with genuine confidence against a United side who looked tired and boring.
With 20 minutes remaining, Leandro Trossard almost took the winner, but David de Gea made a great save to prevent the Belgian’s volley from flying into the top corner.
In the final minutes it was Graham Potter’s side that seemed most likely to win the game, but there was no real chance created as United could only handle a draw.
While they didn’t lose the game, our simulation showed United’s disappointing performance against Brighton, with the home side being much better in the second half.
FIFA 20 Predicted Score: Brighton 1-1 Manchester United
Here are the full-time match statistics …
As the stats show, Brighton had more shots and more possession in the game, which shows how poor United’s performance was in the second half.