Manchester United Overcomes Brighton At Old Trafford
Manchester United overcame a resilient Brighton & Hove Albion side after a come-from-behind 2-1 Premier League victory at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
Brighton were seeking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2018, while United welcomed Edison Cavani back to the starting lineup ahead of the injured Anthony Martial.
United came close to breaking the deadlock inside nine minutes when Bruno Fernandes’ cross was headed out only as far as Mason Greenwood but his low shot struck Robert Sanchez’s left-hand post. However, Danny Welbeck headed the Seagulls into the lead when his second attempted at a header went over the line in the 13th minute.
Potter continued to encourage his players forward and Brighton were unfortunate not to double its lead when Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson showed sharp reflexes to tip over Lewis Dunk’s header from a Gross free-kick. A lacklustre United failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
On the hour-mark, Sanchez came off his line to smother Fernandes’ shot from Pogba’s through-ball as United began to create chances.
Joel Veltman lost possession and clattered into Fernandes as he sought to atone for his error, but referee Mike Dean waved on the advantage as the Portuguese had found Marcus Rashford to his left and the forward swept home the equaliser with a precise, first-time finish.
It was Rashford’s 19th goal of the season for Manchester United.
Brighton still posed a threat on the counter and there were penalty claims when Welbeck was unable to reach Maupay’s low cross, feeling a tug from Maguire. However, VAR stuck with Dean’s decision of a goal-kick.
In the 83rd minute, United took the lead when Greenwood headed in Paul Pogba’s mis-hit as Brighton were broken by a swift attack by the hosts to make the scores 2-1.
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The result comes as a relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side stay second on 60 points, while Brighton stay 16th, six points clear of the relegation zone.
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“It’s always difficult to play Brighton. We have had good results and we’ve had to earn them the hard way. We managed to find a way in the second half,” Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “Danny [Welbeck] was in the reserves when I was the coach.”
“He is a big talent. It’s great to see him back playing football with all the injuries he has had. We gave it away sloppily [for his goal]. Dean [Henderson] makes a good save first but then the rebound comes in. We had to come in at half time and compose ourselves as we didn’t create much after they scored.”
“I thought we started well but when they scored, after that we couldn’t find our rhythm again and we needed half-time to compose ourselves and go again. Second half we played some good stuff. More runs in behind, more movement, better movement,” he added.
Manchester United travel to face Granada in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday, while its next Premier League outing is away to Tottenham next Sunday. Brighton will host Everton in its next Premier League encounter.
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