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Brighton 0-3 Man Utd: Visitors score through Greenwood and Fernandes’ double

Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United brushed Brighton aside with a vibrant, all-round display to keep pace with Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side totally dominated the contest at the Amex Stadium and extended their unbeaten run to 15 games to move up to fifth in the Premier League, two points adrift of Frank Lampard's side.

Teenager Mason Greenwood bamboozled Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk with quick footwork and drilled in an accurate opener for the visitors.

United were ruthless in the final third as midfield playmaker Bruno Fernandes, who was highly impressive once again, netted via a deflection before the Portuguese volleyed in to finish a swift counter-attack.

Brighton did pose some threat in the second half but David de Gea made a flying save to deny Aaron Connolly as Graham Potter's side remain in 15th place, six points above the relegation zone.

United taking shape under Solskjaer

United will have looked enviously over at rivals Liverpool and the job Jurgen Klopp has done with the Reds after they ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title by winning the Premier League for the first time - their previous titles coming back in the old First Division days.

It has already been seven years since United won the last of their 20 league titles but the long rebuild job has started to show signs of taking shape under club legend Solskjaer.

The Red Devils struggled with slow and structured football under Sir Alex Ferguson's successors in David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, but showcased a free-flowing brand of football on the south coast on Tuesday.

United pressed with poise, attacked with pace and finished with precision - they have now scored 38 goals during their 15-game unbeaten run and conceded just four goals in that period.

Teenager Greenwood took his tally to 13 for the campaign with a crisp finish at the near post but it is the January signing of Fernandes that seems to have rejuvenated the side, with the former Sporting Lisbon player having now contributing five goals and three assists since his arrival.

Fernandes' second goal - his side's third - was a throwback to United teams of old, smashing in to complete a devastating counter-attack courtesy of Greenwood's chip to the back post. And he could have had a hat-trick, but struck the foot of the post.

Alongside Fernandes, France World Cup winner Paul Pogba eased back into action following a long injury lay-off and caressed the ball around the pitch, while Serbian Nemanja Matic expertly patrolled the centre of the park.

United were outstanding going forward but their performance at the back will be pleasing too, staying largely untroubled and keeping the eighth clean sheet from their last 13 top-flight games.

The Old Trafford side won only one of their last seven games last season to finish sixth but can be confident in the run-in this term with games against strugglers Bournemouth, Aston Villa and West Ham coming up, and a chance to collect silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League too.

More to follow.

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Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 4Duffy
  • 5DunkSubstituted forBernardoat 81'minutes
  • 33Burn
  • 2LampteySubstituted forTrossardat 45'minutes
  • 24PröpperSubstituted forMaupayat 45'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 8Bissouma
  • 10Mac AllisterSubstituted forMooyat 81'minutes
  • 44ConnollySubstituted forMarchat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maupay
  • 11Trossard
  • 13Groß
  • 17Murray
  • 18Mooy
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 27Button
  • 30Bernardo

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 23ShawBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 64'minutes
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forMcTominayat 64'minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 26Greenwood
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forPereiraat 64'minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forJamesat 78'minutes
  • 9MartialSubstituted forIghaloat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 15Pereira
  • 17Fred
  • 21James
  • 22Romero
  • 25Ighalo
  • 39McTominay
  • 53Williams
Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Manchester United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Manchester United 3.

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Mat Ryan tries a through ball, but Leandro Trossard is caught offside.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Mat Ryan tries a through ball, but Yves Bissouma is caught offside.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Aaron Connolly.

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Pereira.

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Brandon Williams.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Yves Bissouma.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bernardo replaces Lewis Dunk.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Mooy replaces Alexis Mac Allister.

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Yves Bissouma.

Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Daniel James replaces Marcus Rashford.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Odion Ighalo replaces Anthony Martial.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by David de Gea.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Mac Allister with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Offside, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by David de Gea.

Attempt saved. Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Attempt blocked. Brandon Williams (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a cross.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Brandon Williams replaces Luke Shaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Paul Pogba.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Bruno Fernandes.

Attempt missed. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexis Mac Allister with a cross.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Mac Allister following a set piece situation.

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