Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a virtually healthy squad to choose from before Manchester United’s Premier League match with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday. You can watch the match at 20:15 BST in the UK and at 3:15 ET in the US. The boss made eight changes to the eleven for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Norwich. Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Fred, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Odion Ighalo all coming into the line-up.
Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were introduced as substitutes, as Ole became the first manager in English football to make six changes in a competitive game.
Solskjaer said that the players that were involved in the quarter-final game against Norwich will be available for a starting berth.
“Apart from, of course, the after-effects of the physical work-out and coming back late, they had a recovery day yesterday and today will be an easy day and we’re just preparing for tomorrow,”
“I think the buzz and the energy that the win and the semi-final place will give you will help us tomorrow night.”
Luke Shaw was praised by the boss for his recent form that he has shown and hinted that he could get a fourth consecutive start, against the Seagulls.
“We manage a squad, we manage players differently and Luke has had a good upturn in form. He’s playing some good football, let’s see if he starts this one,” Ole added in his pre-match press conference. One Red who is yet to be called into action since the Premier League resumed is Angel Gomes.
The young midfielder is still under contract until July 1 (Wednesday) and available to play, although Ole admitted to reporters that it appears likely that a new deal will not be agreed.
Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain on the sidelines for the Reds, with neither defender have featured recently.
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Graham Potter will be without long-term absentees Steven Alzate (groin) and Jose Izqueirdo (knee).
Tariq Lamptey, who impressed during the Seagull’s goalless draw at Leicester last Tuesday, is a doubt with a head injury he picked up in that game, while Adam Webster also faces a fight to be fit after he suffered a hamstring problem in the first half at the King Power Stadium.