10262020

Solskjaer defends Paul Pogba/Hints Man United will not sign new centre-half following Brighton win


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was this afternoon drawn on a number of topics surrounding his squad, on the back of the club’s last-gasp win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Fernandes at the death

The Red Devils made the trip to the Amex earlier today, for their 2nd Premier League outing of the campaign.

United of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back performance, having been completely outplayed en route to a 3-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last time out.

And, though their performance once again left a lot to be desired, when all was said and done, bounce back was precisely what the Manchester giants managed.

A thrilling affair in East Sussex eventually saw United emerge on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline.

It was Brighton who opened the afternoon’s scoring with 40 minutes on the clock, courtesy of Neal Maupay’s cheeky penalty finish.

The Seagulls, though, failed to hold out until the interval, allowing United to pull level when Lewis Dunk put through his own net.

Solskjaer’s men then turned the clash on its head early in the 2nd-half, as a moment of brilliance on the part of Marcus Rashford saw the English international turn Ben White inside out, before slotting him with his left foot.

Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford celebrates after he scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

Just when it appeared as though the matchup’s scoring had come to a close, though, an action-packed 2-minute spell saw Brighton level things up, only to have their share of the spoils torn away at the death.

Moments after the unmarked Solly March nodded home at the back post with 95 minutes on the clock, Harry Maguire’s headed effort at the other end was inexplicably handled by goalscorer Maupay.

Despite the final-whistle having already blown, a spot-kick was therefore awarded following a VAR check.

And the always reliable Bruno Fernandes went on to prove the hero for Manchester United once more, slotting home from 12 yards with the last kick of the game.

Highlights: Brighton 2-3 Man United