Man United strongly fancied to ease in semi-finals of FA Cup

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Manchester United host Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday aiming to bounce back from their disappointing exit from the Champions League.

Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Sevilla saw United exit the tournament at the last-16 stage and leaves them with just the FA Cup as the only trophy they can claim this season.

Brighton were unfortunate to leave Old Trafford empty-handed back in November in the Premier League, when a Lewis Dunk own goal was the difference in a 1-0 win for the home side.

United are 7/20 favourites with 1xbet to win the game, with Brighton priced at 21/2 and the draw on offer at 22/5.

Marco Rojo and Ander Herrera could come back into contention for selection for United, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Daley Blind remain on the sidelines.

Manager Jose Mourinho will probably shuffle his pack after the Sevilla disappointment, although he will undoubtedly still pick a strong team.

Sergio Romero could give David De Gea a breather in goal, while Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof may return in defence. Scott McTominay is likely to return in the middle of the park.

Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert is suspended after receiving a straight red card in the 2-0 loss at Everton, but Jiri Skalak is expected to make the squad after being sidelined for some time with an ankle problem.

Steve Sidwell, Isaiah Brown and Dale Stephens have all been ruled out.

United boast an excellent record against the Seagulls having won 11 and drawn five of their previous 16 meetings.

That run includes their meeting in the 1983 Cup Final that United won 4–0 after a replay. The Red Devils can be backed at 13/1 to match that scoreline this weekend.

Romelu Lukaku has been United’s danger man during United’s run to the last eight, scoring four goals in three games. The Belgian is priced at 10/11 to get on the scoresheet again.

Brighton’s only previous victory over United was a 1-0 success back in 1982. A replay is likely to be their best hope of reaching the semi-finals, although they are on offer at 20/1 to repeat that result at Old Trafford.

Chris Hughton’s side had been in decent form prior to last week’s defeat at Everton, winning five and drawing two of their previous seven fixtures.

However, Mourinho will be desperate to see United put their Champions League exit behind them and they look banker material to progress to the last four.

United have generally been solid at Old Trafford this season and can be backed with confidence at 4/5 to win to nil on Saturday.

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