Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Brighton

The Liverpool FC legend is tipping Manchester United to ease to victory over Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mark Lawrenson doesn’t anticipate Manchester United “running riot” against Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils were 2-1 winners against Liverpool FC at Old Trafford last weekend following Marcus Rashford’s first-half goals.

Manchester United missed out on a place in the Champions League quarter-finals following a 2-1 loss to Spanish side Sevilla.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in the final 16 minutes at Old Trafford to deny Manchester United a place in the last-eight draw.

Jose Mourinho won the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season in charge at Old Trafford following his appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May 2016.

Manchester United will look to make the most of their final shot at silverware this term when the Red Devils take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to beat Brighton but the BBC Sport pundit doesn’t expect an emphatic win for the home side at Old Trafford.

“It will be interesting to see if there is any reaction against Brighton because the United fans will certainly expect to see one,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“In some ways this is a decent game for them to bounce back in, but I cannot see United running riot, even if they do improve.

“The Seagulls only lost 1-0, via a Lewis Dunk own goal, when they came to Old Trafford in November.

“Chris Hughton’s side were rolled over too easily at Everton last week but they will be well organised and if United to win, they will have to earn it.”

Manchester United signed Chile international Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window to bolster their squad.

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table.

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