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Charlie Nicholas tells Brighton how to beat Man Utd and gives his prediction

Charlie Nicholas believes Brighton have to set up deep against Manchester United in their Premier League encounter on Tuesday and predicted the result.
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Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.
Nicholas thinks United will get the win (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas believes Brighton have to set up deep against Manchester United in their Premier League encounter on Tuesday but expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to come away with three points.

Brighton will host the Red Devils at the Amex Stadium on the back of two impressive results since the Premier League restarted.

Graham Potter’s side first beat Arsenal 2-1 before drawing 0-0 with third-place Leicester City to give their hopes of survival a major boost.

They are now six points clear of the relegation zone with seven games to play and a further good result at home to United would put them in a strong position in the final weeks of the season.

United have been in great form recently. They are unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions and could still land two pieces of silverware in the Europa League and FA Cup as well as a top-four finish.

Nicholas, the former Arsenal player, thinks they will keep the pressure on their top-four rivals with a 3-1 win over Brighton on Tuesday, but thinks the Seagulls could pull off an upset if they adopt a deep approach while still getting the midfielders up to support the forwards in quick counter-attacks.

‘This is the one that tells me where Manchester United are,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports. ’They would normally struggle in the past away at sides like Brighton, where they went down 3-2 last season at The Amex.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United interacts with Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United after the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road on June 27, 2020 in Norwich, England.
United have returned in good form (Picture: Getty)

‘Nevertheless, four points out of six is magical after the restart for Brighton, and it gives them breathing space, depending on what happens with the other teams around them. The gap to the others is still not sufficient though as it stands.

‘United have been impressive. Anthony Martial does what he does. He looks poor one week and is class the next. The skill and movement of Bruno Fernandes has been excellent, while Paul Pogba can supply the three up front.

‘I like the balance of Mason Greenwood, coming in off the right as a left-footer. The pace and movement is so valuable at this time of the season, while teams are still trying to find their feet.

‘Teams need to play deeper against United, but by the time you get the ball, it is hard to hit the forwards and have the midfielders to get up and support, and this is where United can get on top of you.

‘All these things add up to let you know United may have some steel now. Themselves, Chelsea and Wolves are in one hell of a fight.

‘They may not be as strong away from home but the belief is growing, and when they have that, it becomes irreplaceable and too hard to handle at times. They are in for a good run-in.’

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