In 1983 the two sides met in the final and drew 2-2 with Brighton famously denied a winner when Gary Bailey saved from Gordon Smith – a miss made famous by Peter Jones’ immortal piece of commentary: “…and Smith must score!”
The replay finished 4-0 to United five days later and Brighton’s shot at glory was gone. Now the pair meet as Premier League equals at Old Trafford.
Chris Hughton’s side will take inspiration from Sevilla’s shock 2-1 win in the Champions League on Tuesday as they bid to make the last four.
Brighton will be without Dale Stephens (knock), Izzy Brown (knee) and Steve Sidwell (back). Jiří Skalák (ankle) is a doubt. Anthony Knockaert is serving a three-game ban for his red card in defeat at Everton.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Brighton side it believes will start the game.
Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.
And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.
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