Manchester United go seventh after beating Brighton 3-1 at Old Trafford

Manchester United’s resurgence continued as Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford scored to secure a 3-1 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Reds also benefitted from a first-half own goal from Davy Propper in between the two United’s to recover from a barren spell that had seen them score only four times in their last four league games at home.
United are now one point behind Sheffield United, who occupy the 5th position on the log.
Fielding the youngest starting eleven of any team in the Premier League this season at 23 years, 350 days, United made a strong opening with Rashford coming closest to scoring, following an excellent run and powerful shot, which goalkeeper Mat Ryan saved well.
In the 17th minute, a United counter-attack saw Fred find Anthony Martial, linking up with Pereira, whose shot took a cruel deflection off Dale Stephens, wrong-footing Ryan on its way into the back of the net.
United supporters had not ended the opening goal celebration when they were presented with another cause for celebration from a free-kick that Fred floated into the visitor’s area.
Harry Maguire rose highest, causing panic in the area, and with Brighton slow to react, Scott McTominay played the ball over the line, through a final touch from Davy Propper.
It was an exciting spell of football from the United side that, before their last Europa League victory over Partizan Belgrade, had not scored two first-half goals at Old Trafford for nearly ten months since Brighton’s last visit in early this year.
After series of disappointing results this season, United were on their way to a fifth win in their last six league and cup games.
United are enjoying the best run since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the turn of the year.
Meanwhile, Brighton were out for their first-ever win at Old Trafford but rarely threatened the host defence in the first half beyond a couple of set-piece deliveries
There was a moment of panic for the home side on the 64th minute when the visitors halved arrears from a Pascal Gross corner, met by Lewis Dunk, who headed in from six yards.
United’s response was swift and clinical with the Reds restoring their two-goal lead two minutes later.
The goal came from a counter-attack and an accurate through ball from Fred, which Martial took in his stride, moving past Shane Duffy and then rounding the goalkeeper before pulling back for Rashford to slot home.
Rashford could have added to his tally moments later, with an astonishing miss as he failed to find the back of an open net from six yards after excellent work and accurate cross from Dan James.
Teenage full-back Brandon Williams, who made his league debut, James and Rashford, were all denied by the goalkeeper as United threatened to make the victory even more emphatic, but had to settle for three goals and a very welcome three points as they hope to come back to top four.

Author: Cossy

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