Manchester United‘s first game back after the Mch international fixtures was nervy but ultimately successful. Danny Welbeck gave Brighton an early lead, however second half goals from academy graduates and England internationals Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood gave the Red Devils a much needed 3 points to put them 11 points clear of 5th placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Dean Henderson – 6/10
Despite Brighton’s early goal, it was quite a quiet night for Dean Henderson. For Welbeck’s goal, he did very well to save the initial shot, however couldn’t do much else on the follow up. He was pretty commanding in the area bar one spillage, however there was not much to say it was more than just a standard display.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10
Wan-Bissaka did quite well I thought, despite being targetted for aerial duels throughout the match. He tried creating chances via his crossing and linked up well with Greenwood on the left. There were no real problems with his performance, however not much that he really stood out for.
Victor Lindelof – 5/10
A tough night for Lindelof, as he is clearly still carrying some level of injury in his back. He was targetted with many long balls as Brighton clearly saw a weakness in his lack aerial prowess, and that was clear to see for Welbeck’s goal. Not a shocking performance, but we’ve seen a lot better.
Harry Maguire (C) – 8/10
A fairly quiet but commanding performance from Maguire this evening. He did well to command the area and deal with crosses when necessary, and his crucial tackle on Maupay in the first half to deny a clear goal scoring oppotunity was a show of great awareness.
Luke Shaw – 7/10
Another good performance from Shaw again tonight, he yet again had a display of great technical ability and general football awareness saw him play very well alongside Rashford.Embed from Getty Images
Fred – 6/10
Considering he was under pressure after his disaster of a game against Leicester in the FA Cup, Fred played a quiet but solid game. He did well to recycle and distribute the ball as well as provide himself as a passing outlet in midfield to relieve pressure caused by Brighton’s press.
Paul Pogba – 5/10
Not the best game from Pogba tonight. He had quite a few loose passes which can just be attributed to a lack of match sharpess. This lack of match sharpness came in handy in the end, as his mistimed volley set up Greenwood for the winner!
Bruno Fernandes – 7/10
A decent display from Fernandes tonight, with anticipation to intercept the ball moments before Rashford scored and general good movement throughout the game saw him guide the side well and keep the energy up in what was a mostly flat performance from our front line.Embed from Getty Images
Mason Greenwood – 8/10
My Man of the Match choice tonight Mason Greenwood showed people once again why he is a talent to be taken seriously. He played very well on the right for 80 minutes, and once he replaced Cavani up front he grabbed what turned out to be a clutch winner for the Red Devils. Driving at players, picking out passes and shooting from all angles, it was much more the Greenwood we all know and love.Embed from Getty Images
Edison Cavani – 4/10
Cavani was poor tonight. Whether it was a lack of match sharpness like Pogba or not, he had quite a few loose touches that killed several potentially promising attacks – most notably his over hit pass to Rashford when they were two on one in the first half. Ultimately he hindered and slowed down the attack, I’d expect much better from him in the future.
Marcus Rashford – 7/10
Despite carrying an obvious injury, Rashford played with dynamism and drive. He attempted multiple take ons (although they weren’t always the best decision), pushing the team to keep going despite going behind early, and his finish for United’s first goal was hit with lovely technique and precision.
Daniel James – 6/10
James came on in the 72nd minute and was aggressive in his pressing, and this resulted in Greenwood almost giving United the lead much earlier than they eventually did. However, he was quite careless at the end, giving away a few silly fouls that luckily did not cost us.
Donny van de Beek – N/A
Despite coming on with 8 minutes to play, van de Beek did not have much chance to impact the game in any significant manner
Scott McTominay – N/A
McTominay came on for Pogba right at the end of the game to add an extra level of defensive solidarity and height, however he did not do enough to receive a rating.