This game has been slightly tediously a single-sided. This, though, is the sort of tedium that Manchester United admirers have been determined for for many many years now. They glance a group capable not just of qualifying for Europe but accomplishing something at the time they get there. Brighton have Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis however to occur to the AmEx around the up coming pair of weeks, and could most likely do with banking 3 points at Norwich this weekend before their self esteem gets much too terribly nobbled.
50 percent time: Brighton -2 Manchester United
45+3 minutes: Manchester United go into the interval with the double edge of two ambitions and full superiority.
45+2 minutes: United ping the ball about on the still left for an age, and at some point Montoya’s experienced sufficient and throws himself at Rashford. Absolutely free kick.
45+1 minutes: There will be about two minutes of initial-half stoppages.
44 minutes: Brighton really threaten! Propper’s cross from the right is fairly helpful, and there are 6 home players in the penalty region, but the ball just evades them all, with Melt away coming closest.
44 minutes: United get numbers ahead, Brighton get numbers again, and a pretty promising attack ends with Dunk intercepting Pogba’s underhit move infield.
forty one minutes: There have only been two photographs on focus on in this game.
39 minutes: Dunk has the ball within his personal penalty region and Martial and Fernandes mix to gang up on him, at some point forcing him to strike out of engage in for a toss-in. Nothing comes of it but however, fantastic perform.
37 minutes: United engage in the ball across their backline practically comically little by little, ready on every single celebration to be shut down before laying it off. Finally it reaches Bruno Fernandes on the still left, who smashes it substantial into the air. Presented what arrived before, it appears to be practically an act of protest. Dunk wins the header.
33 minutes: Brighton have an attack, and get a no cost-kick out on the right touchline. United at some point get it again, and engage in the ball out of defence in a method which is can only be described as incredibly qualified.
32 minutes: Brighton have a shot! Mac Allister is the man responsible, blasting the ball into Maguire’s ankles from within United’s penalty region.
Purpose! Brighton -2 Manchester United (Fernandes, 29 minutes)
A different a single! Rashford performs Shaw in on the still left, who gets to the byline but can not select out Martial with his pull-again. It operates to Pogba exterior the penalty region, who touches within to Fernandes, whose initial-time shot hits Mac Allister and spins earlier Ryan and within the write-up!
28 minutes: Lindelof goes on an endearingly optimistic operate down the right, which ends after about forty yards as he tries to trick his way into the penalty region without really accomplishing any tips, and is therefore dispossessed.
26 minutes: Enjoy resumes, and United just take handle of the ball at the time much more. Finally Wan-Bissaka miscontrols and it rolls out for a toss-in.
23 minutes: United get a corner, just take it extensive to Maguire beyond the considerably write-up, and he beats Dunk to the header but sends it across purpose and large. The beverages split follows.
22 minutes: Fernandes shoots, and gets the ball to dip savagely, but it never ever threatens to dip sufficient to get under the bar.
21 minutes: Now they have a no cost-kick in a pretty helpful place, as Pogba is fouled just exterior the region.
20 minutes: This is all on the lookout superb for the guests. They are attacking at tempo, in numbers, with width on both equally flanks, and Brighton can not plug every single hole.
Purpose! Brighton -1 Manchester United (Greenwood, 17 minutes)
The prospect comes, the shot follows, and United guide! Greenwood fairly a lot tends to make it for himself, functioning infield from the right, leaving Stephens in his wake, bursting into the box, squaring up Dunk, jinking this way and that, and then taking pictures low and hard within the in the vicinity of write-up!
15 minutes: United are functioning at about seventy four% possession, and on the lookout menacing with it, but so considerably no crystal clear chances, or photographs of any observe from within the region.
12 minutes: Bruno Fernandes hits the write-up! Maguire’s extensive ball from still left to right starts off the go, Pogba’s move infield finds the Portuguese, and his early, low shot from just exterior the region thumps the in the vicinity of write-up.
eleven minutes: A couple seconds later Mac Allister tries it again, and this time Connolly is on the go, but he employs an arm to handle and that is the conclude of that.
eleven minutes: Mac Allister picks the ball up in midfield and performs it by for Connolly, who hadn’t got the memo and was entirely flat-footed.
eight minutes: United are hogging the ball, but not accomplishing so a lot attacking. Bruno Fernandes approximately unlocked the home defence a pair of minutes again, but his Ryan ran out to booter his by-ball into touch as Rashford raced to it.
five minutes: A breather for Brighton, as Maguire chests a extensive move to Lindelof, and Connolly nips in and goes down, winning a bonus inexpensive no cost kick.
3 minutes: United have currently place with each other two first rate attacks down the still left, but on both equally instances the attack was snuffled out after they got into the box.
2 minutes: Kick-off is preceded by a noisy countdown, on the stadium’s big screens and loud speakers. 10 … 9 … eight … 7 … it goes. six … five … 4 … 3 … it continues. 2 … 1, it concludes. And then, 10 additional seconds of uncomfortable silence while the referee completes his last-minute whatevers, noisy countdown totally dismissed. The players just take the knee for a couple seconds after kick-off.
The players are out, and the coin has just been tossed. Motion imminent.
The players are generating their way into the tunnel, with kick-off just a couple minutes absent.
“While I’m cheered that the admirers are practising some social distancing by sitting down a single seat aside, I’m appalled they’re not donning masks,” complains Eric Schwab of Brighton’s Thank You NHS Stand (image below). “This appears to be like a pretty narrow, two-dimensional solution.”
Graham Potter submits himself to the Sky-flavoured inquisition:
I think we have experienced a optimistic pair of video games, but we have to get started again. We engage in towards a actually fantastic facet, a facet in fantastic variety, so all that we have finished is long gone and we have to get started again tonight and do our very best. It’s a prospect to get 3 points, that is how we glance at it. They are a fantastic group, and they’re battling for the Champions League, but ti’s a prospect to get 3 points and that is what we have to concentrate on. I’ve reminded them that they’re fantastic players, they require to perform hard to get a consequence. History’s high-quality but it does not rely for anything tonight. We require a little bit of luck towards this high-quality of opposition, but we require to make confident we do our very best.
He suggests the determination to engage in Aaron Connolly rather of Neal Maupay is “purely tactical”, for the reason that he hopes the Irishman’s tempo could occur in helpful. “I think Neal can help us off the bench. We have got a big squad, everybody’s prepared to help and we’ll require that heading ahead.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a chat with Sky:
This is the same group as performed less than a 7 days back towards Sheffield United and performed actually properly, so hopefully we can see that again. Every thing has to be right. We have been listed here the last two many years, we have not got any points. We know it’s heading to be hard, we know we have to concentrate on a single game at a time.
Brighton make 3 changes to the group that drew – at Leicester last Tuesday, bringing in Shane Duffy, Davy Propper and Martin Montoya. Manchester United make possibly no changes or eight of them, dependent on whether or not you rely the FA Cup game towards Norwich or the last league game, towards Sheffield United last Wednesday.
The group sheets are in, and these are the names on them:
Brighton: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Melt away, Lamptey, Propper, Stephens, Bissouma, Montoya, Mac Allister, Connolly. Subs: Maupay, Trossard, Gross, Murray, Mooy, March, Schelotto, Button, Bernardo.
Gentleman Utd: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. Subs: Bailly, Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, James, Romero, Ighalo, McTominay, Williams.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Ahead of the restart I imagined Brighton, winless in 2020 and with a fairly awful fixture list, may possibly conclude up in a hideous fight towards relegation. Two video games, two first rate performances and four points later and given the miserable variety of Bournemouth, West Ham, Aston Villa and Watford below them I make them a get absent from safety. They are much more most likely to get that victory at Norwich on Saturday than towards Manchester United tonight, with the guests an additional facet that has experienced a first rate restart and motivated by the vicious scrap for European qualification in which they obtain them selves, but I wouldn’t place it earlier them. They are, after all, unbeaten at home towards Manchester United given that April 1982 (with four wins and a draw given that then).
In memory of which, here’s the keep track of that was No3 in that week’s strike parade and in fact also the up coming, when it held off This Time (We’ll Get it Proper) by the England Globe Cup squad – to my brain most likely the terrific basic squad-really-singing, no-extravagant-pants-pop-stars soccer record – which rose to No4.