Solskjaer’s temporary reign has been a resounding success so far, with United beating Tottenham at Wembley last weekend to spark hopes of a top-four finish following Jose Mourinho’s disastrous start to the season and subsequent sacking.
Confidence is high among United fans with Solskjaer unlocking the team’s attacking potential, but Chris Hughton’s Brighton could provide a tough test after being narrowly beaten at home by League leaders Liverpool last Saturday.
The two sides have met three times in the Premier League, with Brighton – somewhat surprisingly – having the better record.
United won their first Premier League meeting 1-0 at Old Trafford in November 2017, but the Seagulls won the return fixture 1-0 at the Amex last May before shocking Mourinho earlier this season with a 3-2 home win in August.
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Manchester United will target a seventh successive victory under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
United have been in red hot form under caretaker boss Solskjaer and have scored 17 goals and conceded just three since he took charge last month.
They ran out 1-0 winners away to Tottenham in their last game.
Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League, level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, and six points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League position.
Brighton’s four-game unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 1-0 at home to Premier League leaders Liverpool last weekend.
The Seagulls are 13th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Eric Bailly returns from his three-game suspension following a seriously unnecessary red card sustained against AFC Bournemouth.
It should not be forgotten that, prior to his moment of madness, Bailly had defended superbly alongside the ever-blossoming Victor Lindelof.
And following what was, at times, a worryingly chaotic performance from Phil Jones against Tottenham Hotspur, perhaps Ole Gunnar Solskaer ought to see how the Ivorian fits in alongside Lindelof.
With that in mind, here is how Man United can line up against Brighton on Saturday with Bailly returning.
The rise of Lindelof has gone somewhat ignored amid United’s newfound attacking fervour under Solskjaer.
His performances are not just solid defensively; they are elegant. And he needs a partner with whom his abilities on the ball can be complimented.
This is why the industriousness and composure of Kalidou Koulibaly is United’s primary object of interest ahead of the summer.
For now, though, Solskjaer needs to find a partner for him and Bailly, for some time, has been the one mooted by the club’s support as the club’s next best defender on a technical level.
You just hope that Bailly, who is, it must be said, somewhat crazy, can translate that into something useful as opposed to destructive.
TV channel, live stream online coverage and highlights
The match will not be televised live in the UK, but you can follow all the action on NewGersy Sport’s LIVE blog with James Robson at Old Trafford.
Highlights will be shown on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday night.