After beating Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League, and a Ferguson like comeback win over Crystal Palace sandwiched between those two incredible victories, Manchester United headed into the 2nd Leg Last-16 match in the Champions League against Sevilla high on confidence.
However, Jose Mourinho's tactics and the long-ball strategy didn't work against the Spanish opposition as super-sub Wissam Ben Yedder scored two goals late in the game, leaving the home side needing three goals in the final 12 minutes. Though Romelu Lukaku scored a late goal, it proved to be too little too late and the three-time winners crashed out of the Champions League.
That leaves Mourinho and United with only FA Cup as the real chance of winning a silverware this season. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has got a good opportunity to move a step closer towards achieving that target as the 12-time FA Cup Champions will be hosting fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford.
Despite suffering a setback in the Champions League, Manchester United are in a good form actually. They have recorded wins in 9 of their last 13 matches. While at home, they have lost just twice this season, and have won 15 of their last 17 games at Old Trafford. That's a very very good return actually, and all the struggles for Mourinho and his men have come on the road this season.
For Brighton & Hove Albion, it looks like there dream run in the oldest Football Cup competition is about to end as they face an uphill task of beating Red Devils at their own home. Though Seagulls are a very good team and their 11th placed rank in the League is a proof of the magnificent job Chris Hughton has done at Falmer Stadium this season.
Albion were on a very good run prior to their 0-2 loss against Everton in the last game and won four times during the seven-game unbeaten run. But away match against Manchester United is too big a task for them, and we are expecting a home win in this match.
Last Six Results (All Competitions)-
Manchester United - W D W W W L
Brighton & Hove Albion - W D W W W L
Manchester United will be without the services of Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, and Phil Jones, whilst Swedish Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains a doubt as he is yet to prove his fitness.
For visitors, Anthony Knockaert misses this match due to domestic suspension. While Hughton will definitely be without the injured duo of Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak. Dale Stephens and Gaetan Bong may be included provided they pass the late fitness tests.
Take a look at some statistics-
1. Manchester United have lost just once in their last nine games against Brighton. Win- Six, Draw- Two.
2. Brighton have failed to score in 7 of their last 10 away games.
3. Manchester United have kept 13 clean sheets in their last 19 home games.