Man Utd 3-1 Brighton RECAP: McTominay injury fear tarnishes rampant Red Devils win

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Manchester United put in their best performance of the season to delight Old Trafford and defeat Brighton 3-1 on Sunday afternoon – see how the action unfolded with Express Sport.

Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

FULL-TIME: Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

HALF-TIME: Man Utd 2-0 Brighton

KICK-OFF

LAST-MINUTE THOUGHTS

STAT ATTACK

WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THE TEAMS?

TODAY’S LINE-UPS

CAN GRAHAM POTTER CAST HIS SPELL?

WHAT HAS OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAID?

GOOD AFTERNOON

Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

  • Scott McTominay departs Old Trafford on stretcher after off-the-ball incident
  • Marcus Rashford, Andreas Pereira and Davy Propper (OG) seal win for Man Utd
  • Lewis Dunk header in vain amid crazy second-half
  • United go 7th in Premier League table

FULL-TIME: Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

Worrying signs for United as McTominay goes down in agony. He was caught of the ball by March, seemingly innocuously, but a stretcher has been pulled out. He limps off the pitch in agony, cradled by medical staff. After the full-time whistle he is then stretchered off down the tunnel, though. 

Rashford should have a hat-trick! He links up with Martial again and opens up his body to pass it into the net but sends it wide. He is replaced by Greenwood to a standing ovation. Three minutes added time.

This has undoubtedly been United’s finest game of the season so far. Brighton have made it easy this second half with their attacking approach but Solskjaer’s men really should have filled their boots more so than they already have.

Fred takes a free-kick from 19 yards out but sends it over the crossbar – he’s done well to maintain some authority in those situations.

United really should be leading by four or five goals. Wave after wave of attack after Rashford’s close-range free-kick against the wall sees the forward pull off a Ronaldinho-esque elastico skill against Propper before putting the ball across the box. Somehow, it doesn’t find its way into the back of the net.

It’s almost a ream full PL debut for Williams as United relentlessly attack the Brighton penalty area and the left-back strikes with his right foot, but Ryan dives to his right to save. Soon after, James is found at the backpost and makes good contact on the vollet but it’s straight at the keeper.

Oh that’s a howler. Rashford misses an absolute sitter from six yards after Daniel James does incredibly well down the right flank to square it to the striker.

The tension didn’t last long- 3-1 United! Rashford! Martial forays into the penalty area with Brighton’s defence awry and pulls the ball back to Rashford, whose piercing strike hits the crossbar and goes in.

Dunk scores! 2-1! The centre-back rose highest from a corner to power the ball past De Gea. Game on. 

Fred comes close! The Brazilian is having one of his best games for United and, after no one closes him down, fires a shot from 20 yards towards goal. It’s just above Ryan, but the Australian pushes it into the air before collecting it.

Ooo, Williams could be in trouble here. After a VAR check, he is shown yellow for a high foot on Alzate after his studs meet the chest of the Colombian in an attempt to nick the ball.

Andreas tries an effort from 20 yards out while James was in space on the right. He huffs at not receiving a pass.

United are noticeably less energetic this half with laboured attempts to take goal-kicks, throw-ins and so on. Brighton are hassling like nobody’s business but have made no in-roads yet.

Two changes for Brighton with Murray and March coming on for Connolly and Montoya – Brighton look to have switched to 3-4-3. Potter is going for it.

HALF-TIME: Man Utd 2-0 Brighton

Maupay confronts Williams after the youngster gives him a little push into the advertising hoardings as the ball goes out of play. Burn gets booked not long after for taking down the electric James.

Rashford goes into the book for a late challenge as the fourth official signifies there will be four minutes of added time.

Chance for Brighton as a free-kick from the right side of the box is met by an unmarked Connolly from eight yards out but the 5ft 8in striker cannot get up high enough to make proper contact, steering it over.

Rashford is down after colliding with Duffy and then his team-mate Andreas following a dash on the ball. The physio is talking to him but he seems fine in earnest as he obligatorily leaves the pitch.

The Seagulls have another free-kick from distance from which they win the first header – set-pieces seem to be their best form of attack at the moment. United manage to clear, though.

Brighton are coming more into the game now. Connolly goes toe-to-toe with Maguire and wins a corner. De Gea goes down from the ensuing corner and, in fairness to Connolly, the Irishman checks on De Gea. Replays show it was a mere flick of the hand on De Gea – his reaction seems gravely overzealous.

My oh my, that was quite a few minutes. Brighton have almost just equalised, though, after a Trossard free-kick falls to Duffy, who can’t find his footing and scuffs his shot.

Another one – 2-0! McTominay scrambles it in… But VAR is checking. All clear given, eventually. McTominay seemingly put the ball in after a free-kick from the right caused a mess in the Brighton area. Ryan fumbled the ball and it looked for the life of me that McTominay stuck it through his legs but, hey ho, it’s been adjudged a Propper own goal by the Premier League.

GOAL! Andreas puts United ahead! Martial makes his way into the box from the left-hand side and pulls it back to Andreas whose effort is deflected by Stephens to leave Ryan helpless.

Rashford goes on a rampaging run from the left wing and gets to the edge of the 18-yard box in a more central role, striking the ball into Ryan’s arms. The crowd salute’s the homegrown talent’s efforts.

Big penalty shout from United as Wan-Bissaka’s cross in the box is intercepted by Dunk, but the ball then proceeds to strike his arm in the slide. It’s unintentional though, and VAR gives it the all-clear.

United moving the ball quickly and Rashford picks out Andreas who tries an effort on the edge of the box but it’s blocked. Solskjaer’s side looking brighter.

Williams copes well with his first test as Connolly runs him down the right channel. Brighton are set up to pounce on the counter attack.

Stephens carded after a poor challenge on Andreas, 36 yards out. Rashford leaves this one… Andreas instead sends it in but hits the first man.

Slow start to proceedings as Rashford makes a run in behind on Montoya – Lindelof finds the striker but he can’t control the ball and Ryan mops up.

We are underway at Old Trafford! United start us off, attacking the Stretford End…

KICK-OFF

LAST-MINUTE THOUGHTS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about Williams’ first start: “We rested him [Williams] on Thursday night to be ready for today. It is only fair when the young boys make their first start in the Premier League that they should be rested.”

He added: “It was a good feeling walking off (against Partizan) having seen so much good attacking football. We have to take into consideration that Brighton are a better team than Partizan for me. So we have to get to that level.

Graham Potter said: “We’re up against a team that’s bounced back from a previous defeat with a good performance in Europe in midweek. But we’ve got to be positive as well and see what we can do.

“He’s been influencing the game from the bench and felt that he deserved his chance to start. We’ve got good options and Leo got the nod today.”

STAT ATTACK

The boffins at Opta have delved through the archives to conjure up these gems…

  • Manchester United have never lost in their 11 previous home meetings with Brighton in all competitions, winning nine and drawing two.
  • The home side has won all four Premier meetings between United and Brighton – no fixture in the competition has been played more while being won by the home side 100 per cent of the time.
  • Brighton have picked up just one point from their 39 available away against the six ever-present Premier League sides (P13 W0 D1 L12), netting just three goals in those games.
  • All three of Manchester United’s victories in the Premier League this season have seen Marcus Rashford score the winning goal, with two of those winners coming from the penalty spot; no player has scored more winning goals than Rashford in the Premier League this season.

WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THE TEAMS?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hands a full Premier League debut to Brandon Williams at left-back due to Ashley Young’s one-game suspension and Luke Shaw’s inury lay-off.

Victor Lindelof has recovered from his back niggle in the week to make the starting line-up while Maguire and McTominay also feature amid doubts.

For Brighton, Shane Duffy comes back into the side as well as Leandro Trossard, who scored after coming off the bench last weekend in a 2-0 win against Norwich.

Not too many eyebrow-raisers with those XIs – what do you think? Reply to Express Sport’s Twitter thread with your thoughts…

TODAY’S LINE-UPS

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Andreas, Rashford; Martial.

Subs: Romero, Jones, Rojo, Mata, Lingard, Garner, Greenwood.

Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Burn; Trossard, Stephens, Propper, Alzate; Connolly, Maupay.

Subs: Button, Balogun, Schelotto, Mooy, Gross, March, Murray.

CAN GRAHAM POTTER CAST HIS SPELL?

The Brighton boss suggested he is not as fearful of the trip to Old Trafford as he once may have been.

“When I was playing, Manchester United were the best side, maybe they’re not at the moment,” said the former Stoke defender. “That’s what happens in football, clubs go through transitional periods and they’re in that phase now.

“You can ask anyone in the game and they’d tell you that there is still a huge respect for Manchester United as a club and as a team with the players they have.

“You know some grounds will be tougher to go to than others, but we went to Manchester City at the end of August with a way to be ourselves and tried to get a positive result, as well as carrying on our development as a team, and I think that’s how it should always be.”

WHAT HAS OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAID?

The always-smiling Norwegian has complimentary of Brighton, who have lost their two Premier League trips to Old Trafford thus far.

“We played Brighton quite early when I came in last year and I thought they gave us a really good game,” said Solskjaer. “I thought we were lucky to win. They have loads of football players there, good footballers who are comfortable on the ball.

”In the last four games, they’ve really turned a corner for me. They’re dominating teams and controlling games. Even the defeat against Aston Villa, they controlled that one until they got the sending off. So, the last four, I count them all as wins for them really.

“We’ve got to have loads of energy and go about pressing them really well, because we can’t let them be comfortable here at Old Trafford.”

GOOD AFTERNOON

Welcome to live coverage of Manchester United vs Brighton at Old Trafford which, probably for the sake of viewers’ entertainment, is not being televised.

United are the main beneficiaries of that decision by Sky Sports, after the side’s worst start to a league season in 30 years.

Brighton, in fairness, despite their synonymity with the last spot on Match of the Day, have hit their stride under Graham Potter with three wins in their last four matches.

So, who knows, we may well get a good game after all. You won’t catch it on TV, so best stay here with Express Sport

Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

FULL-TIME: Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

HALF-TIME: Man Utd 2-0 Brighton

KICK-OFF

LAST-MINUTE THOUGHTS

STAT ATTACK

WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THE TEAMS?

TODAY’S LINE-UPS

CAN GRAHAM POTTER CAST HIS SPELL?

WHAT HAS OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAID?

GOOD AFTERNOON

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