sport news Man United jet down to Brighton for Premier League clash under the Friday night ...

have jetted down to England's south coast as they prepare to take on Brighton and Hove Albion under the Friday night lights.

Jose Mourinho's side are aiming to secure second spot behind Manchester City in the Premier League table and gain momentum for the FA Cup final against Chelsea that could provide the only silverware of their season.

Wearing club issue tracksuits, they boarded a private jet and made the short flight down to Brighton well in advance of Friday evening's match at the Amex Stadium.

Manchester United players Ashley Young (left), Luke Shaw (middle) and Paul Pogba (right) board the team plane as they make the journey down to the south coast to face Brighton

players Ashley Young (left), Luke Shaw (middle) and Paul Pogba (right) board the team plane as they make the journey down to the south coast to face Brighton

United goalkeeper and player of the year David de Gea boards the aircraft in Manchester

United goalkeeper and player of the year David de Gea boards the aircraft in Manchester

Manager Jose Mourinho has expressed optimism that Marouane Fellaini will sign a new deal

Manager Jose Mourinho has expressed optimism that Marouane Fellaini will sign a new deal

It is United's first-ever visit to the stadium and they face a Seagulls side pretty much assured of a second campaign in the Premier League.

One of those who didn't make the trip is striker Romelu Lukaku, but Mourinho, speaking on Thursday, is upbeat about his chances of being fit for the FA Cup final on May 19.

Lukaku, who has scored 27 goals for United this season, limped out of their 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday with an ankle complaint and has been recovering back home in Belgium, where he was filmed moving freely in a medicine ball exercise on Thursday.

Mourinho confirmed the 24-year-old forward's injury isn't as bad as first feared and said he should be available for the showdown at Wembley.

Juan Mata (centre) and Marcos Rojo (right) make their way to the aircraft in Manchester

Juan Mata (centre) and Marcos Rojo (right) make their way to the aircraft in Manchester

Marcus Rashford speaks on his phone as he makes his way to United's team plane

Marcus Rashford speaks on his phone as he makes his way to United's team plane

Manager Jose Mourinho gave an upbeat assessment of Romelu Lukaku's ankle injury

Manager Jose Mourinho gave an upbeat assessment of Romelu Lukaku's ankle injury

Man United fixtures 

Friday Brighton (A)

May 10 West Ham (A)

May 13 Watford (H)

May 19 Chelsea (Wembley)

FA Cup final 

'I don't know (how he is),' Mourinho said. 'I just know that,

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