CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to be involved as Manchester United take on Brighton in the Premier League this afternoon.
It is Erik ten Hag’s first competitive match in charge of the Red Devils – and the Dutchman appears to have a huge challenge on his hands.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Old Trafford as the Premier League gets going again, after a summer where the Portuguese has tried to push for a move away from the clubCredit: Rex
Erik Ten Hag introduced himself to the Man Utd fans at Old Trafford last weekendCredit: Getty
Ronaldo is set to be involved for United after posting on Instagram that he is: “Ready”.
But it comes a week after he – and a host of United players – left Old Trafford at half time during a pre-season friendly.
United endured their worst season in Premier League history last term under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
Brighton humiliated United during their torrid end to last season, with a 4-0 win at the Amex Stadium in May.
What time does Man Utd vs Brighton kick off?
- Man Utd’s home clash with Brighton will get underway from 2pm UK time on Sunday, August 7 – TODAY.
- The game will take place at Old Trafford.
- The last time the two sides played, Brighton thrashed United 4-0 at the Amex Stadium.
What channel is it and can it be live stream?
- Man Utd vs Brighton will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football.
- You can live stream the action from the NOW TV or Sky Go app, both of which are available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
All eyes will be on Erik Ten Hag’s first team selection come 1pm on Sunday afternoon, as he decides on whether to start Ronaldo or not.
The Portuguese forward left United’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano early after being hauled off at half-time and has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave.
And after Ten Hag blasted Ronaldo’s decision to take off during the Rayo match and said he needed to build his fitness, a place on the bench seems the most likely outcome for the Portugal captain.
Elsewhere, new boy Tyrell Malacia could get a start at left-back after impressing United fans all throughout pre-season.
And you can expect forwards Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford to start in tandem with one another after their fruitful summers in the side.
Brighton have made just two signings so far this summer, Paraguay’s Julio Enciso from Libertad and Ivory Coast’s Simon Adingra from FC Nordsjaelland.
It remains to be seen whether Graham Potter will start Cucurella given the interest in the full-back.
- Man Utd – 13/20
- Draw – 29/10
- Brighton – 9/2
*Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct as of Sunday, August 7
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.