The new manager’s pre-season was dominated by the demands of Cristiano Ronaldo to leave but on the pitch he oversaw impressive wins during the pre-season tour of Australia, before more disjointed performances against Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano closer to home.
But now the real work begins and Ten Hag will be desperate to bank all three points, against a Brighton side who continue to impress under Graham Potter but have now lost influential defender Marc Cucurella to Chelsea.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Brighton is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off on Sunday, August 8, 2022.
Old Trafford in Salford will host the match.
Where to watch Man United vs Brighton
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Man United vs Brighton team news
Cristiano Ronaldo is in contention to play despite wanting to leave the club this summer, with Anthony Martial out after picking up a hamstring injury.
Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw are both doubts after struggling with illness, while Christian Eriksen is in contention for his competitive debut.
Alexis Mac Allister is in a race to be fit for Brighton after last week injuring his groin. Jakub Moder is out for the foreseeable.
Man United vs Brighton prediction
Pre-season is never a good yard stick but United have looked like a more cohesive unit in Ten Hag’s early weeks in charge.
He will hope Ronaldo’s sideshow hasn’t been too much of a distraction, and his possible involvement will not upset the apple cart.
United have enough about them to see off Brighton, but Graham Potter aways has something to say against the biggest teams.
United to win 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Man United wins: 19
Brighton wins: 4