Manchester United vs Brighton live stream: How to watch the Premier League opening weekend from anywhere in the world

Manchester United vs Brighton live stream | Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag waves to the crowd prior to the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on July 31, 2022 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester United vs Brighton live stream, Sunday 7 August, 2pm BST, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Ultra HD

Looking for a Manchester United vs Brighton live stream? We’ve got you covered with our handy guide!

The latest new era at Old Trafford begins in earnest on Sunday as Erik ten Hag takes charge of his first competitive Manchester United (opens in new tab) match; Graham Potter’s Brighton (opens in new tab) are the visitors.

While there’s been no summer overhaul, this United team will have a new look about it – and an expectant home crowd will demand nothing less than three points as they hope for a considerably better season than 2021-22.

Lingering uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is bound to have made United’s pre-season less than ideal, but Ten Hag seems like the soundest appointment since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement – and the Dutchman will be determined to deliver Champions League football this term.

The visitors’ biggest moves this summer have been outbound, and they head into 2022-23 without two of their standout performers of last season: Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, who have left for Tottenham (opens in new tab) and Chelsea (opens in new tab) respectively.

But Brighton have absorbed the blows of notable departures in years gone-by – and there’s no reason why Potter shouldn’t continue to work his magic. A repeat of their last encounter with United would certainly go down a treat; the Seagulls ran out 4-0 winners at the Amex Stadium in May.

Team news

With Ronaldo featuring for just 45 minutes in pre-season (during last Sunday’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano) and Anthony Martial out with a hamstring strain, Marcus Rashford could well start at centre-forward for United. Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw have both recovered from illness, although new signing Tyrell Malacia may get the nod over the latter at left-back. Lisandro Martinez could also make his debut at centre-half, as could Christian Eriksen in midfield.

Potter will have Alexis Mac Allister available after the Argentine overcame a groin problem, leaving fellow midfielder Jakub Moder as the Brighton’s absentee as he works his way back from a ruptured ACL.

Kick-off is at 2pm BST on Sunday 6 August, and UK viewers can watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD (opens in new tab). See below for international broadcast options.

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VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch Premier league football from outside your country

Manchester United vs Brighton l Brighton Manager Graham Potter during the pre-season friendly match between Brighton & Hove Albion and RCD Espanyol at The Amex Stadium on July 30, 2022 in Brighton, England.ive stream |

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If you’re out of the country for a round of Premier League fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

But assistance is on hand. To get around that, all you have to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and won't automatically block the service you've paid for. All the info going between is entirely encrypted – and that's a result.

There are plenty of good-value options out there, including:

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FourFourTwo’s brainy office mates TechRadar (opens in new tab) love its super speedy connections, trustworthy security and the fact it works with Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 and loads more. You also get a money-back guarantee, 24/7 support and it's currently available for a knockdown price. Go get it! 

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A cheaper option and almost ExpressVPN's equal when it comes to quality, too. A single subscription covers six connections, so you can use it on mobile, laptop, streaming devices and more, all at the same time.

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Surfshark offers a great VPN at a fraction of the price

It's clear to see why Surfshark is top of TechRadar's best cheap VPN table – it combines an excellent product with bargain pricing, starting at £2/$2.50 a month!

UK TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for UK subscribers

UK VPN Premier League live streams

Sky Sports (opens in new tab) and BT Sport (opens in new tab) are the two main players once again, but Amazon (opens in new tab) also have a slice of the pie in 2021/22. 

US TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for US subscribers

USA VPN Premier League live streams

NBC Sports Group are the Premier League rights holders, with the Peacock Premium (opens in new tab) streaming platform showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season, with other matches split between NBCSN channel, CNBC and the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel. If you pick up a fuboTV subscription (opens in new tab) for the games not on Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch every game.

Head back to our VPN advice so you can take advantage when you're out of the country. 

Canada TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for Canadian subscribers

Canada VPN Premier League live streams

DAZN (opens in new tab) subscribers can watch every single Premier League game in 2021/22 – and it gets better. After a one-month free trial, you'll only have to pay a rolling $20-a-month fee, or make it an annual subscription of $150.

The broadcaster also has all the rights to Champions League and Europa League games in Canada, too.

Want in while you're out of Canada? Scroll back up and check out the VPN offers above. 

Australia TV rights

How to watch Premier League live streams for Australian subscribers

Australia VPN Premier League live streams

Optus Sport (opens in new tab) are offering every game of the Premier League season for just $14.99/month for non-subscribers, which you can get via a Fetch TV box (opens in new tab) and other friendly streaming devices.

To take advantage while you're not Down Under, follow the VPN advice towards the top of this page. 

New Zealand TV rights

How to watch a Premier League live stream for New Zealand subscribers

New Zealand VPN Premier League live streams

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Spark Sport (opens in new tab) are serving up all 380 games – plus various highlights and magazine shows throughout the week, as well as the Champions League – for $24.99 a month, after a seven-day free trial. 

It's also available via web browsers, Apple/Android devices, Google Chromecast and some Samsung TVs, and Apple TV and Smart TV compatibility new for this season.

Check out our VPN deals to watch when you’re not in New Zealand.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...