Manchester United have now won each of their last six meetings with Brighton in all competitions. But in a lackluster opening 45 minutes, where United failed to register a single shot on target, the Reds went behind, Danny Welbeck scoring his 50th goal at the same end were thirteen years earlier he had scored his first Premier League goal on this very ground. Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, who had pulled out of the England senior and U21 squads respectively, were back and scored in a much improved second period. Although clearly, it was not the best day at the office for a number of the players, ultimately, they managed to come out with all three points. And that is what matters most at this stage of the season.
My Man of the Match is Harry Maguire. Although he should have dealt with set pieces better with Lindelof, it was otherwise a typically strong performance from the captain. He showed good defensive positioning, was excellent in the air contributed in possession, and got forward as United pushed for a winning goal. He tried to rouse his teammates and made a key block at 1-0 before half-time. Maybe fortunate to get away with a challenge on Welbeck without conceding a penalty in the second half.
United stay second on 60 points with leaders Manchester City still requiring a further eleven points to be confirmed as Champions. Next League match is on Sunday, where there is the matter of some revenge, away against Spurs, United having been humiliated at Old Trafford. Before that, the first leg of the Europa League Quarter Final on Thursday in Spain. Manchester United are expected to finish in second-place in the Premier League this season, according to a leading football supercomputer.
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