‘The best team lost against the best players’ opined TV commentator Tim Sherwood. Should one feel sorry for Brighton & Hove Albion who ended up with no points while playing at home? Brighton did after all hit the woodwork no less than five times! The TV commentator maintained that United were lucky to have come away with all three points. United ended up winning with a VAR awarded penalty scored , in the 10th minute of added time, following a Brighton handball following incredibly their first (only) corner of the game well into added time. In an incident packed game, United had two goals overruled for offside while Brighton had been awarded a second penalty, overruled by VAR.
United did not wake up until Brighton had scored their first goal, again a penalty. It is difficult to undersigned why United’s defense then persisted in leaving the Brighton Number 20 free in the box, until he finally punished United with an equalizing header in the 95th minute.
Although he struggled in possession for much of the first-half and carelessly gave away a penalty due to a clumsy challenge, and was also lucky not to have been sent off as a booking then would have been his second, Bruno Fernandes redeemed himself in the second half by taking the game by the scruff of the neck. He whipped in the free-kick that Maguire converted to equalise and laid on a beautiful assist for Rashford’s goal. He showed nerves of steel in the 100th minute to score the late penalty to give United victory. He is thus my Man of the Match.
United are back in Brighton on Wednesday evening, this time in the English League Cup (Carabao Cup).
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