Manchester United put on a wonderful display of attacking and entertaining football and triumphed 3-1 at Old Trafford against Brighton Hove & Albion in their Premier league encounter today.
The first-half started with United placing pressure on Brighton using the high pressing tactic. Marcus Rashford 15 minutes into the game on a quick attack took a shot, but it went straight to Matthew Ryan in goal. United continued to press for the opening goal and got one two minutes later through Andreas Pereira.
Pereira raced towards the box and Anthony Martial passed to him and the youngster drilled a low left-footed shot past Ryan. United would get a second in the 17th minute when through a corner Brighton midfielder Davy Propper toe-poked the ball over the goal line after Scott McTominay placed the pressure on him. Scott McTominay forced a save from the Brighton keeper from close range after that.
Although Brighton tried to weather the storm. United was still dominant and controlled the rhythm and possession in the game. Pereira would take another low shot from outside the box, but the keeper came up with a decent save. Brighton had a few chances in the first period to get back into the game but wasn’t able to capitalize on them.
In the second-half, United continued to look confident, although Brighton came out with more enthusiasm and energy. Lewis Dunk was able to get a goal back for Brighton when in the 64th minute through a corner he rose unchallenged to head past David De Gea. But United would strike back to two minutes later.
Fred made a superb pass to Martial, but defender Shane Duffy dispossessed the Frenchman of the ball. However, Martial won the ball back and then fed it to Marcus Rashford, who then slammed a shot into the roof of the net. It was a sensational finish, but the England striker should of have added to his goal. Daniel James ran down on the right flank and delivered the ball to Rashford in the six-yard box, but somehow he managed to place the ball wide.
United kept piling on the pressure and Brandon Williams almost scored on his Premier league debut, but the keeper Ryan denied him. The keeper also thwarted Daniel James’s effort. Then Rashford later on went close again, but was unable to add to his only goal of the match. So in the end the Old Trafford faithful left rejoicing after another entertaining display by the Red Devils.