Brighton Hoves and Albion recorded a well-deserved three-goals-to-two victory over Manchester United in a Sunday Barclays Premier League fixture played inside the Falmer Stadium.
The first half of the game saw the two teams scoring four goals , with the Seagulls scoring three of the goals.
Brighton started the match dominating ball possession and stringing crisp passes together as they made constant forays into United’s half of the pitch . And when they lost possession of the ball , they defended in a well-knit unit.
Manchester United had the first goal-scoring opportunity in the match. A poor clearance by Brighton’s player enabled Lukaku to raced with the ball into Brighton’s eighteen yard box but his final shot missed the goal post narrowly.
Glen Murray opened scoring for the home team in the twenty fifth minute of the game when his brilliant movement that enabled him to use the side of his boot to flick the ball from Solly March’s pass into the net.
Two minutes later Shane Duffy scored from a Anthony Knockaert’s pass that located him inside United’s eighteen yard box. In the build-up to this goal, Brighton had a sustained attacking play in United’s goal-mouth before Duffy scored.
Romelu Lukaku halved his team’s goal deficit when he beat Mathew Ryan with a header in the thirty fourth minute of the game.
A Dale Stephens’ pass breached United’s defense line , and Pascal Gross latched unto it and was racing with the ball into United’s eighteen yard box when Eric Bailly hacked him down , and referee Kevin friend awarded the home team a penalty kick which Pascal Gross scored.
Jose Mourinho made tactical changes to his side at the early minutes of the second half – Jese Lingard came in for Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford replaced Andreas Pereira , and these two changes were calculated to add more fire-power to United’s attack ; the replacement of Anthony Martial by Marouane Fellaini was apparently geared to allow United switch to the use of long balls , a tactic that plays to the strength of the tall-statured Belgian because of his aerial prowess.
The Red Devil dominated the ball possession in the second half , in which the majority of the game was played in Brighton’s half of the field. But in spite of their dominance of ball possession , they created very few clear scoring opportunities.
Brighton defended well as United attacked them , and Anthony Knockaert and Davy Proepper were so effective with their link-up play and distribution of passes that United were unable to control the play in the midfield.
Paul Pogba came close to scoring for United in the seventy fourth minute of the game when his long-range shot was punched out of danger by Matt Ryan.
Dale Stephens caused panic in United’s eighteen yard box in the ninety third minute when he connected to a free kick that freed him to shoot at the goalpost , but his final shot was deflected out of the field by United’s defender.
Kevin Friend awarded United a late penalty kick when Shane Duffy collided with Fellaini inside Brighton’s eighteen yard box in the last minute of added time , and Paul Pogba scored the resultant penalty kick.