Bruno Fernandes stole the present as Manchester United remained in pursuit of a top-four end with a complete 3-Zero victory at Brighton on Tuesday.
Mason Greenwood’s sixth league objective of the season gave United the lead inside 16 minutes on the Amex Stadium earlier than Fernandes mixed with Paul Pogba to double their tally earlier than the half-hour mark.
Fernandes then extinguished Brighton’s second-half revival as his emphatic volley rounded off a devastating United counter inside 5 minutes of the restart.
David de Gea prevented Aaron Connolly, Neal Maupay and the full of life Leandro Trossard from registering a deserved Brighton comfort after an improved second-half show, however the harm was accomplished as they tasted their first defeat because the restart.
The victory extends United’s unbeaten run to 15 video games and lifts them as much as fifth, two factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea forward of their journey to West Ham on Wednesday. Brighton keep 15th, six away from the relegation zone.
Brighton: Ryan (5), Lamptey (6), Dunk (5), Duffy (5), Burn (5), Montoya (5), Bissouma (5), Stephens (5), Propper (6), Mac Allister (5), Connolly (6).
Subs: Bernardo (n/a), Mooy (n/a), March (n/a), Trossard (7), Maupay (6).
Man Utd: De Gea (8), Wan-Bissaka (8), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Shaw (7), Matic (7), Pogba (7), Greenwood (8), Fernandes (9), Rashford (7), Martial (7).
Subs: Williams (5), Pereira (5), McTominay (5), James (5), Ighalo (5).
Man of the match: Bruno Fernandes
How Fernandes fuelled top-four cost
United had misplaced each Premier League journeys to the Amex however Brighton’s hopes of changing into simply the sixth group to win three consecutive house video games towards Solskjaer’s facet had been extinguished in an imperious first-half show.
Bruno Fernandes rattled a shot towards the submit on 12 minutes and it was a matter of time earlier than the sustained stress on the Brighton objective advised.
- Shane Duffy, Martin Montoya and Davy Propper returned, and Neal Maupay dropped to the bench as Brighton made three modifications from the draw at Leicester.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made eight modifications from the FA Cup win at Norwich, reverting again to the facet that beat Sheffield United 3-0.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s threaded move performed Greenwood by one-on-one towards Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk and, after a few stepovers usual a yard of area, the United teenager discovered the web by his legs with a near-post end.
United’s attacking dominance noticed Fernandes open his account on 29 minutes, with Pogba rolling the ball into the Portuguese’s path earlier than his deflected shot breached Mat Ryan on the close to submit for the second time.
Graham Potter launched Maupay and Trossard on the break and Brighton made a marked enchancment early within the second interval. However no sooner had they regarded to seize a foothold within the recreation, it was put out of sight.
A devastating counter that began with Harry Maguire heading clear ended with Greenwood hurtling down the left flank and standing an excellent cross to the again submit the place Fernandes lashed a first-time effort house.
8 – Bruno Fernandes has been straight concerned in eight objectives in his first eight Premier League video games for Man Utd (5 objectives & three assists) – solely Robin van Persie has had extra (9) at this stage of his PL profession with the membership. Sensation. pic.twitter.com/iw4oxj4T4j
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2020
Trossard whistled a shot inches broad of the United objective on the hour earlier than establishing Aaron Connolly for Brighton’s greatest probability of the sport, however De Gea proved greater than a match for the Irishman’s curling effort.
After Trossard flashed one other shot broad, Maupay’s late effort drew one other advantageous save from De Gea as Brighton had been denied a late comfort on a sobering night on the south coast.
What the managers mentioned…
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “We performed towards a very good facet tonight, Manchester United had been the higher group and so they had some high quality. Our response within the second half was actually good and possibly deserved a objective however the higher group received. I’m pleased with how the gamers caught at it and saved going.
“We bought killed on the counter-attack for the third objective however we had some good play however towards United you’re at all times on the stretch. It’s a powerful night for us however one we’ll take quite a bit from and study from it.”
Man Utd supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “The boys performed some distinctive stuff. Mason’s first objective was sensible, and he performed fantastically. His hyperlink up play was nice at the moment. He can go inside or outdoors, he’s creating right into a advantageous participant.
“We all know we’ve got tempo and we wish to counter rapidly, it was a unbelievable objective [the third goal], we’re very proud of it. I do not care about making an announcement, I do know we’re a very good group. We are going to recuperate after which concentrate on the following one.”
Opta stats: Solskjaer silences Seagulls
- Manchester United prolonged their unbeaten run to 15 matches throughout all competitions (W11 D4); solely Bayern Munich (25 video games) are presently on an extended such streak with out defeat amongst all sides in Europe’s big-five leagues.
- Brighton have received fewer Premier League video games in 2020 than another facet (P13 W1 D7 L5).
- This was Brighton’s greatest house league defeat of the season, with their final Premier League loss by a three-goal margin on the Amex approaching the ultimate day of the 2018-19 marketing campaign (1-Four v Man Metropolis).
- Manchester United have saved extra clear sheets of their final 13 league video games (eight) than they managed of their first 40 below supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjær (seven).
- Manchester United accomplished a league double over Brighton for the primary time because the 1981-82 marketing campaign, with tonight their first away win over the Seagulls since April 1982.
Brighton journey to Norwich on Saturday at 12.30pm, earlier than Manchester United host Bournemouth on Saturday at 3pm.
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