Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to see a repeat of Manchester United’s fine Premier League performance against Sheffield United after reverting to that starting XI against Brighton.
Having made eight changes to the side that battered the Blades for the FA Cup quarter-final win at Norwich, Solskjaer has gone back to the side that played so well at Old Trafford last Wednesday.
United were uninspiring in their extra-time win at Carrow Road on Saturday and Solskjaer is hoping to see a repeat of the more fluent display last week having gone back to that side.
“This is the same team that played less than a week ago against Sheffield United so it’s not going to be unfamiliar. We played really well then so hopefully we can see that again,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
The return to that side means a second start together for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the United midfield and Solskjaer is hoping to see their understanding continue to improve.
“It goes with football that you get used to each other, you get used to the way people want the ball, where they run,” the United manager said.
“Paul and Bruno are creative players and with Nemanja [Matic] behind them we’ve seen something there, Scott and Fred have never let us down, so I’m in a good position.”
United’s trip to the Amex begins a run of five Premier League fixtures that look winnable, with Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Southampton and Crystal Palace to come.
But United have lost their two previous visits to Brighton and Solskjaer believes that will help guard against complacency.
“Everything has to be right. We’ve been here the last two years and not got any points, then play teams we’ve lost and drawn against, it’s going to be hard, we have to focus on one game at a time,” he said.
“It’s the benefit of having a good squad, you can rest players and have them ready.”