Mason Greenwood accomplished a troublesome comeback win against Brighton as Manchester United strengthened their grip in second place.
Whereas Manchester City are all however assured to raise the Premier League title, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side wish to underscore their progress by finishing as second best and going all the best way within the Europa League.
Brighton made life tough on Sunday and United academy graduate Danny Welbeck put the guests on observe for his or her first ever win at Old Trafford, solely to Marcus Rashford and Greenwood to seal a 2-1 victory.
This match was far much less dramatic than the ‘Red Devils’ 3-2 win within the back video games of September however Graham Potter’s males swept the hosts.
Dean Henderson was chosen forward of David De Gea for Sunday’s sport and did well to counter a point-blank header from Welbeck, just for the former United striker to direct the rebound within the thirteenth minute home.
Brighton led the pedestrian home team for the rest of the primary half, with Rashford cleverly leveling from Bruno Fernandes’ lay-by.
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Albion’s penalty appeals against Harry Maguire fell on deaf ears earlier than Greenwood’s diving header wrapped victory back within the 83rd minute.
The win was a fine addition for a United team that Solskjaer revealed in his pre-match interviews that Anthony Martial was missing for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.
Fellows forward Rashford and Greenwood initially stirred up points against the Gulls, with the latter hitting an early half volley that beat Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and coming back off the post.
United had began on the top however Brighton took the lead within the thirteenth minute after Paul Pogba’s lax cross was reduce out by Leandro Trossard.
A quick play out to right-hander Neal Maupay led to a great cross for Welbeck, who beat Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a header off six yards that Henderson did well to cease, just for the former United frontman go on the rebound into an empty net.
Friends seemed drunken and Brighton practically exacerbated points within the nineteenth minute when Lewis Dunk beat Wan-Bissaka to a Pascal Gross free-kick, with Henderson tipping the highly effective header over.
United’s mushy underbelly of set pieces has been a problem all through the season and Henderson was lucky to see a transparent team tear when dropping a simple-looking Gross corner.
Jakub Moder, who scored against England midweek, noticed effort being deflected huge in stoppage time after one other corner brought about United problems, and his solely notable try after a give up was a shot in the direction of Pogba.
United returned from the revitalized break. Sanchez handled Rashford’s immersion strike from a distance and Fernandes was changing into an growing affect, offering assist for the game-leveling goal within the 62nd minute.
The Portuguese picked up a unfastened ball and flipped in the direction of the field, flicking it just earlier than being lined by Joel Veltman and seeing Rashford slot home cool for the primary time.
Greenwood fired huge and Fred’s effort fiercely tipped over as United stepped up a gear, Brighton virtually caught them out of a cross field ball.
Maupay collected her and sent a low cross to Welbeck, who couldn’t join remotely as Maguire challenged from behind.
The ball rolled throughout the face of the goal and Brighton players screamed on the officers, with the video assistant referee deciding against a penalty being awarded after a evaluate.
Rashford headed straight down the tunnel when he was replaced by Daniel James shortly thereafter, with Welsh winger and Greenwood unable to make the most of Sanchez and firing a long-range Fernandes try.
United’s efforts of despair have been a sign of distance, however they stored their cool for an 83-minute winner.
Pogba grabbed a Fernandes cross clipped back throughout goal, with Greenwood’s diving header beating Sanchez and Ben White on the road. The aid was evident after the goal, just because it was on the final whistle.