United cast Brighton aside to move closer to Champions League berth

HIGHER and higher up they go is Manchester United as the club inches ever closer to Champions League qualification for next season following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Brighton on the road on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men wasted little time stamping their authority on the game as strikes from Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes put them two up before the half-hour mark. Greenwood was the provider for Fernandes’ second after 50 minutes as the Red Devils made it eight successive games unbeaten in the Premier League.

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Following the restart, Fernandes secured his second of the match after 50 minutes as he applied the finish to a vintage United move to send Solskjaer’s team back up to fifth in the table; two points behind Chelsea, who lie in fourth, although they have played a game more. Brighton, meanwhile, remains occupying 15th position on the table, six points above the drop zone.

At the start, United seized the initiative as Fernandes crashed a long-range effort against the post after 12 minutes. The record Premier League titleholders, however, did not have to wait long to open the scoring as Greenwood surging into the penalty area, bamboozling Lewis Dunk with a series of stepovers and clipping a smart finish past Mat Ryan at his near post in the 16th minute. 

That advantage saw itself being doubled in the 29th minute after Fernandes’ strike from 20 yards took a wicked deflection off Alexis Mac Allister to wrongfoot Ryan. A devastating counter-attack led to United’s third five minutes after the restart, Greenwood picking out Fernandes at the back post with a sumptuous cross before the Portuguese volleyed past a helpless Ryan from eight yards.

Substitute Leandro Trossard twice flashed efforts wide after the hour mark, while David de Gea tipped over Aaron Connolly’s strike as The Seagulls attempted rather late to wake from their slumber. Eventually, Graham Potter’s men failed to score a consolation as United strolled to an incredibly comfortable away win.

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