As it happened: Fernandes' brace helps keep United in contention for Champions League spot


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Stay tuned for the match report and warm down of tonight's match. 

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Post-match analysis

This was Manchester United's first victory against Brighton since 1982 and The Red Devil's performance on the south coast tonight was richly deserved. The result keeps  Solskjaer's side well and truly in the race for a Champions League spot.

Bruno Fernandes showed his magic with two skillful finishes and he was ultimately the difference on the night, as The Reds excelled in all departments. United's defence had a comfortable evening and were rarely called upon and when they were David De Gea was there to avert the danger. 

Graham Potter's side never laid a glove on United and when they did in the second half, it was far too late.

Trossard impressed when coming off the bench at the start of the second half, but that was one of the only positives Potter could take from the match. 

Brighton realistically need another four points to guarantee their Premier League survival and they'll hope to pick up three of those when they travel to struggling Norwich City next time out. 


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Full-time: Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

The Red Devils extend their unbeaten run to 15 wins in all competitions with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Brighton, courtesy of Greenwood's first-half strike and Fernandes' brace.
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90' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

The fourth official indicates that there will be 3 minutes added time.
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89' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Fernandes is deservedly named the MOTM by Gary Neville (Sky Sports) for his wonderfully taken two goals. 
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87' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Final Brighton substitution: 




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86' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Substitute, James cuts inside looking to find the far corner, but his effort is easily held by Ryan. 
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84' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

CHANCE: Ryan reacts well to deny McTominay's deflected drive from 25 yards.
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81' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Brighton substitutions: 



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78' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

With plenty of fixtures remaining, Solskjaer opts to use his final two substitutions.

Martial and Rashford are replaced by Ighalo and James with around 15 minutes + added time to play.

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76' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Maupay forces another diving save out of De Gea, as he shoots with his left foot from just outside the box. 
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74' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Solskjaer's side have dropped off the pace a touch in the last 15 minute,  allowing Trossard several opportunities on goal.
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70' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

CHANCE: Trossard feeds Connolly, who forces a smart diving save out of De Gea, as he tips over his curling effort from distance.

Trossard has been a real handful. Moments later he sees his 25-yard strike narrowly miss the bottom corner.


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67' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

The players are now taking part in the second half drinks break.
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64' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Substitutes: Fernandes is denied a chance at his first Manchester United hat-trick and is replaced by Pereira.

Williams is introduced for Shaw and Pogba is replaced for McTominay. 

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62' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Trossard receives the ball from a cross, he decides to take it on the half-volley, but his attempt was wayward.
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60' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Mac Allister works the ball to Trossard from a free-kick, who shoots powerfully across De Gea looking to find the bottom corner. However, his right-footed shot was skewed just wide of the post. 
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59' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

Connolly looks to find Mac Allister who was free at the back post, but he gets his cross completely wrong. 

That was a promising opportunity. 

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56' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

With the points almost certainly secured, Solskjaer has the chance to rest some of his key players with United featuring again on the 4 July against Bournemouth.
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53' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

The Red Devils showed their killer instinct with that goal.  Fernandes' finish was delightful.

They've surely put the game beyond doubt now.

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50' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

United counter, Greenwood is allowed to run down the left flank, he plays a pin-point cross to Fernandes, who volleys the ball powerfully past Ryan.

What a goal!

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50' Brighton 0-3 Manchester United

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49' Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Early pressure for Brighton, as Lamptey wins a free-kick deep in United's half.

Much better from the hosts.


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46' Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Potter has introduced Maupay for Propper and Trossard for Lamptey at the break. 
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46' Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

The hosts get the second half action underway at American Express Community Stadium

A big second half is needed from The Seagulls if they are to get anything from this match.

Let's see the effect that Graham Potter's half-time team talk has had.

Has he been able to inspire his troops?

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Half-time: Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Brighton have been bystanders in the opening 45 minutes and have allowed United to dictate the play, who have been clinical when opportunities were presented to themselves.

They deservedly lead 2-0 at the break. 

Big half-time team talk required from Potter and his struggling Brighton side if they are to find a way back into this game.

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45' Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

The Fourth official indicates 2 minutes added time.
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43’ Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

United Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward is in attendance on the south coast.

He will be thoroughly enjoying his team's performance.

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39’ Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

This United team are full of confidence, as Rashford pulls the trigger with his right foot from distance. Unfortunately for him, his effort never troubled Ryan in Brighton's goal.
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39’ Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Potter's system has simply been ineffective. He will hope his side can get in to the interval as the scoreline stands, so he can address his tactics.
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34’ Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Brighton have struggled to get out of their own half. Solskjaer's side have controlled the proceedings and are good value for their 2-0 lead.

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29’ Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Fernandes shoots from the edge of the box, his effort takes a huge deflection and subsequently finds the bottom corner, wrong-footing Ryan!
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29’ Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

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23’ Brighton 0-1 Manchester United

Maguire looks to guide the ball with his head into the back of the net from a United corner, but his effort drifted a few yards wide of the post.

There's now a stoppage in play as the players take on water.

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21' Brighton 0-1 Manchester United

Fernandes steps over it, looking to curl the ball into the top right corner, but his effort flew harmlessly over the bar. 


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20’ Brighton 0-1 Manchester United

Pogba wins a free-kick in a promising position after Lamptey hauled him down. 
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16’ Brighton 0-1 Manchester United

United's fast start pays off as Greenwood drills the ball past Ryan at his near post with a powerful left-footed finish.

On the balance of play, The Red Devils deserve their lead.

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16’ Brighton 0-1 Manchester United

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15' Brighton 0-0 Manchester United

United have pinned Brighton in over the last three or four minutes and look the more likely to find the opening goal.
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12’ Brighton 0-0 Manchester United

POST: Fernandes gathers the ball on the edge of the box and hits the post with his curling right-footed effort.

Moments later Rashford trips in the box, but play continues.

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10’ Brighton 0-0 Manchester United

The hosts look assured in the opening ten minutes, and why wouldn't they be, as they come into this fixture on the back of two very positive results. 
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05’ Brighton 0-0 Manchester United

Brighton look as if they are happy to sit deep in these opening exchanges and play long balls forward on the counter-attack, as Stephens blazes an effort from distance over the bar. 
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03’ Brighton 0-0 Manchester United

Shaw plays a cross in to Martial from the left-wing, the French international tries to swivel and shoot, but the danger is cleared away to safety.


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02’ Brighton 0-0 Manchester United

United have settled well in these very early stages and are enjoying a spell of possession with the ball without really threatening the Brighton defence. 
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01' Kick-off

The match is underway. United get the first-half underway kicking from right to left in their traditional red and white colours.

Before kick-off, both teams showed their solidarity to the Black Lives Matter Campaign by taking the knee. 

20:172 days ago

5-minute warning!

The players are on their way out to the pitch, abiding by the appropriate Coronavirus guidelines.

We're almost ready to get underway at the American Express Community Stadium.

20:102 days ago

The man with the whistle

Andre Marriner, who most recently oversaw City's 5-0 thumping of Burnley, takes control of tonight's game. 

Kick-off now just 15 minutes away at the American Express Community Stadium.

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Potter makes use of his squad depth

Brighton boss, Graham Potter makes three changes from the stalemate against Leicester last time out. 

Duffy, Montoya and Propper are introduced to the starting XI.

Webster drops out of the squad completely, but Lamptey, who had stitches against The Fox's is fit enough to start.

Maupay is rested to the bench, so too is Mooy.  

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Solskjaer opts for the side that beat Sheffield United in PL

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names the same side that beat Sheffield United 3-0 at Old Trafford last time out in the Premier League - 8 changes from the one that beat Norwich City 2-1 AET in the quarter-final of the Emirates FA Cup.

In come: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Martial and Rashford.

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Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:

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Manchester United Team News:

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Lineups on the way shortly

Team news coming in a little under one hour...
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Survival not yet secure insists Potter

Albion sit three places and six points above the relegation zone with seven games to play, but Potter is adamant his side's survival is not yet secure, especially as three of their next four matches are against top 4 opposition.

Speaking to journalists at Brighton in his pre-match press conference, Potter said: "We’re still fighting, we still have work to do and we need points to stay in the division.

"This league is so tough because everyone has quality and good players so the margins can go with you or against you. 

“Regardless of what anyone else does we know we have to keep going. We don’t think about how many points we’ll need to be safe, so we have to focus on the next game which is against one of the most form teams of the competition in Manchester United.”


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Ole full of praise for Brighton boss

"I followed his progress through the league with Östersund in Scandinavia," Solskjaer explained.

"He moved there to get his coaching philosophy and experience and he ended up beating Arsenal with them in the Europa League in London.

"He had a fantastic impact on Swedish football there and you can see now he’s getting his team to play the way he wants them to play, so it’s going to be a game in which we have to perform really well to get points.”

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Ole not underestimating Brighton

Speaking to journalists at MUTV, Solskjaer added: "You can see they’re a very well-coached team when you watch them, you see the patterns and how they work and what their thinking is.

"So we know this will be a difficult challenge and the last couple of trips down to the coast haven’t been the best for us, but we need to put that right and work to get three points.”

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Solskjaer on Maguire adding more goals with his head (cont)

The Manchester United captain has netted three times for The Red Devils since joining in August 2019 from Leicester City, twice with his feet and once with his head.

However, Solskjaer believes he should be scoring more goals, particularly with his head. 

It comes after Maguire's late strike in extra time against Norwich City at Carrow Road sealed The Reds' progression to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final where they will face Chelsea at Wembley.

Solskjaer added: "Tim Krul had a great save on Saturday from his header and we know that he’s a threat to anyone.

"I said it when we played Leicester last season it’s like he has a magnet on his head with the ball and we’re now getting used to him and his movement, with Bruno coming up with some good deliveries.

"And we know when Harry is in there then anything can happen.”

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Solskjaer on the importance of Maguire

Speaking exclusively to MUTV, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about Maguire being a key influential figure in the team.

"I think his performances on the pitch say it all," Solskjaer explained.

"He’s become club captain, he’s a leader and he’s chipping in with goals, so I’m very happy with Harry.

"He’s a big lad and he gets better and better the more he plays." 

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18:333 days ago

Solskjaer praises Shaw and FA Cup Semi-Final victory

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the form of Luke Shaw and believes the win against Norwich in the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup will spur his side onto victory.

He said: “Luke has had a good upturn in form. He’s playing some good football, let’s see if he starts this one.

“I think the buzz and the energy that the win and a semi-final place will give you will help us tomorrow night.”

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Graham Potter refusing to think of points required

Brighton boss, Graham Potter insisted his side have not put a target on an overall point total and are therefore taking it one game at a time.

He said: “We don’t think about how many points we may or may not need at this stage to be safe.

“We’re playing one of the most in-form teams in the league, we’ll just keep trying to pick up points between now and the end of the season.”

He also praised his players for sticking together as a group.

“There’s been a good belief and spirit throughout the season,” Potter insisted.

“That’s not easy when you’re not winning. It says a lot about the group, and the environment we have here."

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18:303 days ago

Manchester United: Predicted Lineup

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, James, Martial.
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Brighton & Hove Albion: Predicted Lineup

Ryan; Burn, Dunk, Duffy, Lamptey; Stephens, Bissouma, March, Mooy; Murray, Maupey
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Manchester United: Team News

After making 8 changes for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup win over Norwich, Solskjaer virtually has a full complement of players to choose from.

Talking exclusively to MUTV, Solskjaer admitted that those who were involved in the quarter-final success at Carrow Road will be available for a starting berth against Brighton in the Premier League.

Angel Gomes, who is under contract until 1 July has yet to be called upon since the restart and Solskjaer admitted that a new contract would not likely be agreed.

Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are the only unavailable players.

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Brighton & Hove Albion: Team News

Speaking to the media at Brighton, Graham Potter admitted Tariq Lamptey, who had stitches following their stalemate with Leicester City at the King Power is "okay to play" tomorrow.

Potter also gave an update on Adam Webster, who was substituted off in the 24th minute for Shane Duffy, saying he “has made good progress” but is “touch and go for tomorrow.”

Long-term absentees Stevan Alzate and Jose Izqueirdo remain unavailable.

18:273 days ago

Another must-win for United

Manchester United must keep the pace with Wolves, who are refusing to wilt in the race for a Champions League after they recorded their third straight win since the restart last time out against rivals Aston Villa.

Champions League football is crucial for The Red Devils in order to attract the best players in the world next season.

Therefore, this is a must-win game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in order to, once again, narrow the gap to Chelsea and Leicester, who occupy third and fourth place respectively and also Nuno Espirito Santo's chasing Wolves side.

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Chance to move further clear of relegation zone

Brighton have eased their relegation worries and are unbeaten since the restart of the Premier League.

In their first match, they recorded an impressive 2-1 win at home against Arsenal, which they then backed up with a goalless draw last time out against Leicester at the King Power.

The Seagulls currently have a six-point advantage from Bournemouth, who currently occupy the third and final relegation place and with the teams below them floundering for points, one more win would almost certainly guarantee their Premier League status for a fourth consecutive year.  

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Kick-off time

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United will be played at the American Express Community Stadium, in Brighton, England.

The kick-off time is scheduled at 20:15 BST.

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