Manchester United back to winning ways with convincing 3-1 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford
Manchester United got back on track in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Brighton on Sunday.
The Red Devils found themselves in the bottom half of the table following last week’s defeat to Bournemouth.
Goals from Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford, with a first half own goal by Davy Propper, sealed the three points and saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side up to seventh.
Manchester United duo Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof overcame knocks as Brandon Williams made his full Premier League debut against Brighton.
Teenager Williams replaced suspended Ashley Young at left-back as Solskjaer made five alterations to the win against Partizan Belgrade, with David De Gea, Lindelof, Daniel James and Andreas Pereira the others brought in.
Brighton named Shane Duffy and Leandro Trossard in place of Adam Webster and Pascal Gross at Old Trafford.
Victor Lindelof and Fred were involved in a move that ended with Andreas Pereira racing through the middle.
Dale Stephens’ tackle looked to have ended that attack, only for the ball to fall kindly for Martial, with the Frenchman cutting back for the Brazilian to hit a strike that went in off the unlucky Albion midfielder.
Matters would soon get worse for Graham Potter’s men after Dunk was booked for a late, clumsy challenge on Daniel James. Fred produced a fine delivery from the resulting free-kick, leading to a bundling McTominay effort being prodded over the line by Propper.
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The VAR checked Harry Maguire’s involvement and, 140 seconds after the ball crossed the line, Old Trafford was able to celebrate fully.
It was a rare set piece goal by United against an Albion side looking far more threatening from dead balls.
Martial saw a handball appeal rejected and Pereira was denied from distance as United returned from the break strongly, but there were a few nervy moments when the stadium announcer confirmed that the VAR was checking for a red card.
Teenager Williams and his team-mates was relieved to see his high foot on Steven Azalte remain a booking.
Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan was equally relieved when he failed to deal with a Fred shot and it bounced back off the bar – a let-off Brighton capitalised on as Pascal Gross swung over a corner that Dunk was all too easily able to meet with a thumping header home.
But rather than wilt, United rallied and within two minutes restored their two-goal cushion.
Fred’s pass put Martial behind the Brighton backline and the Frenchman kept his composure when forced wide, playing back for Rashford to smash home off the underside of the bar.
Only the England forward will know how he failed to score a quickfire second. James superbly raced down the right and sent a low cross over to Rashford, who inexplicably screwed wide at the far post with the goal at his mercy.
It was a remarkable miss but United were undeterred as Williams and James quickly had attempts, before Rashford followed some wonderful footwork with a shot saved at the near post by Ryan.
Martial and Rashford both went close as the match came to a disappointing end as McTominay went down with an injury that saw him leave on a stretcher.
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