Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Brighton v Man United
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with Brighton on Friday night
Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to coast to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Friday night.
The Red Devils head into the game fresh from having secured their 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford to take a big step closer towards finishing in second place in the table.
Jose Mourinho is aiming to steer Manchester United to their highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013 and they will be looking for the three points against Chris Hughton’s men on Friday night.
Manchester United are aiming to finish second in the table and also beat Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final later this month to end the season with a trophy.
And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is not expecting to see Manchester United have any problems when they take on Brighton later today.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Brighton got a draw at Burnley last week that took them to 37 points, and I think they are safe.
“Another point would probably make certain of that, but they are up against a Manchester United team who are playing for their places in the FA Cup final.
“That is great for United manager Jose Mourinho because his side are nailed on to finish second, but they cannot take their foot off the pedal because he can just say to them ‘prove to me why I have to pick you for Wembley’.
“With trips to Manchester City and Liverpool their remaining fixtures after the weekend, the Seagulls might not get another point this season.
“But if you had offered 17th place to Brighton boss Chris Hughton in August, he would have taken it. If they do stay up, they will be even stronger next season.
“They are already quite strong defensively but, if they bring in some more creativity over the summer, then that would increase their chances of getting more away points, and they should be comfortable.”
Manchester United have not won the Premier League title since their famous final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.
The Red Devils finished in sixth place in the Premier League last term but managed to win both the League Cup and Europa League in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge at the club.