Manchester United defeated Brighton 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in what was a crucial win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Not only was it an important result but the performance was also very pleasing on the eye.
Academy graduate Brandon Williams made his first Premier League start for the club, replacing the suspended Ashley Young – the only change Solskjaer made to the team that lost 1-0 to Bournemouth a week before.
United started brightly with Andreas Pereira’s deflected shot breaking the deadlock in the 17th minute. Two minutes later, a Davy Propper own goal doubled their lead despite a worryingly lengthy VAR check for a possible handball in the build-up. The check was cleared and the goal stood.
Just after the half-hour mark, Brighton pulled a goal back via Lewis Dunk heading in from a corner at close range. However, within two minutes once again, Rashford ensured the Red Devil’s lead was restored to two goals. Anthony Martial was slotted through by Fred, the Frenchman checked his run and played the ball back to Rashford, who side-footed home via the underside of the crossbar.
Man Utd had a number of chances to extend their lead further, but were denied by Australian Matt Ryan who was contempt on keeping his goals conceded tally to just three for the day.
Here are three things we learned from the match.