Manchester United 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Wasteful United win back to winning ways

Manchester United 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Wasteful United win back to winning ways

Manchester United was back to winning ways after seeing off Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 in a Premier League clash staged at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Andres Pereira was to give United a 16th minute lead following a huge deflection off a Brighton defender. Anthony Martial quickly picked up a loose ball in the box before setting it back to Pereira, who controlled and scuffed a shot which wrong-foots Ryan in goal before bobbling into the corner.

Two minutes later, United doubled their lead through Scot McTominay. Fred whipped in a dangerous free-kick from the right. Maguire got up well and McTominay reacted first to bundle in the ball from close range. A review from VAR was to happen after it was claimed that Maguire had handled the ball but the goal stood after the review.

Brighton Double Change

With United dominating play, Brighton made a double change before the start of the second half with Solly March coming on for Montoya and Glenn Murray for Connolly.

They were to reduce the arrears in the 66th minute through Lewis Dunk who rose the highest to thump a header in from Gross' corner as the visitors looked to cause a setback at Old Trafford but that wasn’t to be the case.

United was to maintain their two-goal cushion two minutes after Brighton scored; Rashford being the scorer. Brighton was to give the ball away sloppily in midfield with Fred setting Martial clear. Dunk was to pull in a last-ditch challenge to stop him from shooting, but Martial was first to the ball and laid it back for Rashford who smashed in off the crossbar from 10 yards.

Rashford was to miss two glorious chances to extend United’s lead and was to be substituted for Mason Greenwood later in the game as they registered what was their fourth win of the season.

Match Stats: Manchester United v Brighton