United started well and had Brighton on the backfoot almost immediately. They looked sharp and really in the mood. United’s front players were giving Graham Potters defence plenty to think about but Sanchez remained unworked in the Brighton goal.
United’s fast tempo didn’t last long and the away side soon grew in to the game. Bissouma had started to pull strings in the Brighton midfield and all of a sudden the Seagulls had come to life. Welbeck and Maupay had barely been in the game but they were now causing plenty of problems for the United back four.
On the 13th minute Brighton’s pressure paid off when they took a priceless lead. Welbeck saw his first header well saved by Henderson before nodding in the rebound. Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka hadn’t covered themselves in glory with their part in the goal.
United looked shell shocked but in truth bar the first few minutes they’d been poor. Brighton may of been expecting a response from the home side but it didn’t come. Graham Potters men were stroking the ball around with ease, United were almost at jogging pace. Half time arrived and the Seagulls had a valuable lead.
United started the second half like they’d started the first and Brighton were immediately on the backfoot. Shaw and Rashford were causing real problems down the left hand side with Fernandes and Pogba starting to find their range in the middle of the park.
Brighton’s lead lasted until the 62nd minute. A slick move by United saw Fernandes play in Rashford who calmly slotted the ball past Sanchez in the Brighton goal. It was no more than United deserved and surely now they’d go on to win the game?
Ten minutes after giving United the lead Rashford was replaced by Welshman Daniel James. United’s number 10 had took a knock earlier in the game and Solskjaer clearly wanted to protect him with the games mounting up. Brighton had barely been in the game in the second half but on the 73rd minute they felt they should of had a penalty. United got caught on the counter attack and Maguire looked to of brought down Welbeck in the box. Mike Dean waved away the appeals and the replay showed he got the decision spot on.
United were pressing hard to find a second goal and with 7 minutes remaining they got it. Pogba’s cross shot found Greenwood in the box and the teenager headed United in front. No chance for Sanchez in the Brighton goal and White on the line was also helpless.
United were ahead for the first time in the game and Brighton were staring down the barrel of a 12th defeat of the season. It now seemed a long time ago since the Seagulls had taken the lead. Brighton had a late surge but Solskjaer’s side held on to pick up all 3 points. It was a huge win for United after the three sides below them had all dropped points this weekend. United are 2nd 11 points clear of 5th place with 8 games remaining.