Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United

English Premier League. Kick-off: 4pm, Sunday August 19th. Live on Sky Sports

SUNDAY'S clash on the South Coast represents the first true test of United's title credentials as they visit the Falmer Stadium, site of a 1-0 defeat towards the end of last season.

In their opening fixture last Friday Jose's charges played well for periods of the game against Leicester despite the narrow margin of victory.  The result itself was never really in any doubt and stand out performances from goalscorers Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba helped to reflect this.

One notable debutant was Brazilian midfield Fred, who's industry and tenacity will be interesting to watch over the coming campaign and I expect him to be involved in a few skirmishes, which could prove to be detrimental to United's cause. Particularly in potentially physical clashes similar to this upcoming one.

The Seagulls on the other hand suffered a 2-0 reverse first time out against Bournemouth.  Chris Hughton is a very capable coach, who's achievements perhaps go underrated, however he is likely to be a little concerned even at this early stage with the lack of cutting edge his side possess.

I don't expect this encounter will have a huge amount of goals, but with the expected return to the starting line-up of Romelu Lukaku its likely this should allow the Old Trafford to return from their tea-time seaside sojourn with all 3 points

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