Manchester – Manchester United’s upturn in type continued as Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford struck in a 3-1 victory over Brighton at Outdated Trafford that was much more comfy than the scoreline recommended.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet additionally benefitted from a primary half personal objective from Davy Propper to get better from an unproductive spell that had seen them rating simply 4 instances of their final 4 house league video games.
United moved to inside some extent of the highest 5 after scoring twice in two first half minutes and, though each got here after vital deflections off Brighton defenders, it was not more than Solskjaer’s facet deserved.
Fielding the youngest beginning line-up of any crew within the Premier League this season – 23 years, 350 days – United made an lively opening with Rashford coming closest to a objective, with a dedicated run and highly effective shot which Mat Ryan saved effectively.
However on 17 minutes a United counter-attack noticed Fred discover Anthony Martial. His hyperlink with Pereira, whose shot took an unkind deflection off Dale Stephens, wrong-footing Ryan on its method in.
United supporters had been nonetheless celebrating that opener once they had been handed double trigger for celebration from a deep free-kick that Fred floated into the Brighton space.
Harry Maguire rose powerfully, inflicting panic for Ryan and his defence, and with Brighton gradual to react, Scott McTominay compelled the ball over the road, through a last contact by Davy Propper.
Not even the inevitably drawn-out delay for a VAR verify, over whether or not Maguire had dealt with or Ryan fouled within the build-up to the objective, may dilute the enjoyment of house supporters.
It was a scintillating spell of soccer from a facet that, earlier than Thursday’s Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade, had not scored two first half targets at Outdated Trafford for almost 10 months since Brighton’s final go to in mid-January.
After some low moments to date this season, together with a dispiriting 1-Zero defeat at Bournemouth final weekend, United had been on their strategy to a fifth victory of their final six league and cup video games.
That is United’s finest run since Solskjaer first took over from Jose Mourinho on the flip of the 12 months.
Brighton had been searching for their first ever victory at Outdated Trafford however not often threatened within the first half past a few set-piece deliveries.
And if Fred had been extra lucky with a 61st minute strike that Ryan fumbled onto his bar to catch on the second try, the afternoon may have been much more comfy.
Because it was, there was fear for United on 64 minutes when Brighton halved arrears from a Pascal Gross nook, met by Lewis Dunk who headed in from six yards regardless of the shut consideration of Maguire.
United’s response was swift and scientific, nonetheless, with the Reds restoring their two-goal cushion simply two minutes later.
It got here from a blistering counter-attack and a beautifully-weighted by ball from Fred which Martial took in his stride, dismissing Shane Duffy and rounding Ryan earlier than pulling again for Rashford to transform.
Rashford would observe that, moments later, with an astonishing miss as he failed to search out the again of an open web from six yards after effective work and correct cross from Dan James.
Teenage full-back Brandon Williams, making his first ever league begin, James and Rashford had been all denied by Ryan as United threatened to make the victory much more emphatic, however settled for 3 targets and a really welcome three factors.