Cristiano Ronaldo ended a six-match goal drought to help Manchester United produce one of the comfortable football scores of the midweek action in the Premier League. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 51st minute before Brighton defender Lewis Dunk was sent off three minutes later. Brighton struck the crossbar before Bruno Fernandes sealed a place in the Top Four with a tap-in.
Man Utd: De Gea (7), Dalot (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (5), Shaw (5), McTominay (6), Fred (4), Fernandes (6), Sancho (7), Ronaldo (7), Elanga (7).
Subs: Pogba (6), Rashford (6), Telles (6).
Brighton: Sanchez (7), Veltman (6), Dunk (5), Webster (5), Cucurella (7), Gross (6), Bissouma (6), Moder (7), Mac Allister (6), Maupay (6), Trossard (6).
Subs: Lamptey (6), Alzate (6), Welbeck (5).
Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick: “Everyone could see after the first half, it was not an easy game. They are very possession-based. It was difficult for us to get hold of the ball. We made a change and it paid off. In the second half, we were more aggressive and tried to intercept the ball. The question at half-time was done we change formation or how we attack. We decided to stick to 4-2-3-1 and told our wingers to attack their center-backs. That meant our full-backs had to jump to their full-backs and that paid off. From then on, it was a different game.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “The red card was a yellow card live, Adam Webster was round on the cover, it was not clear and obvious that he could not get there. If the referee gave a red card live, I could’ve accepted it more, but I don’t understand why the VAR’s getting involved in a clear and obvious error when it doesn’t look clear and obvious.
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