Its incomprehensible how all five Premier League meetings played before this match, between Brighton and Man Utd have been won by the home side with Brighton winning 100 per cent of the time. United could not risk losing any points, as victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was necessary to leapfrog Wolves into fifth place in the Premier League table. And with rivals Man City facing a suspension from European football, finishing fifth could guarantee United a place in next season’s Champions League.
In the end Brighton did not offer much resistance and only seriously worried United when the Reds were already three goals up and had made their substitutions.
My Man of the Match award goes to Mason Greenwood. He rarely put a foot out of place. He not only opened the score with a great solo goal, and provided the assist for Fernandes’s second goal, but he also played a part in Fernandes’s first goal by magically keeping the ball in play (or not, some suggested) on the right touchline and thus maintaining United’s attack. His goal was his 6th league goal of the season.
One cannot but applaud United’s third goal. A devastating counter that started with Harry Maguire heading clear, Matic with an excellent pass to Greenwood who hurtled down the left flank and providing a brilliant cross to the back post where Fernandes lashed a first-time effort home.
The victory extends United’s unbeaten run to 15 games and has taken them above Wolves in the Premier League table and to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea again. Third-placed Leicester are only three points further ahead.
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