Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion Match Analysis

An unchanged lineup from the side that put four past Newcastle last Saturday but unfortunately a similar first half followed in which Brighton defended with incredible discipline and in all fairness, were unlucky not to have scored themselves. Manchester United had very few chances and when they came, Romelu Lukaku looked low on confidence and sloppy in his finishing, skying a shot from just outside the box and heading Rashford's cross straight at Matt Ryan and the Brighton keeper making a fantastic double save to deny Pogba from two yards out.

The second half was almost fully dominated by the Red Devils and Brighton looked very tired after the break and their possession was much sloppier than the first. It took some controversy and a slice of luck but finally Manchester United made the breakthrough through Young's deflected shot and afterwards deemed as a Lewis Dunk own-goal. The Red Devils looked to try and settle the nerves at Old Trafford but nothing showed for their pressure and Jose Mourinho will be scratching his head as to who will be scoring goals with away trips to Watford and Arsenal coming up especially with Marcus Rashford limping off. With Tottenham held by West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool playing Chelsea, a win was the only thing that'd do but every fan would have hoped for a more emphatic result to say the least.

Overall, we did put in a poor performance and more was expected of this strong starting 11. However, that been said, the scrappy goal was enough to secure the all important three points for us. After all, that is what matters most.
Matt Ryan

MATCH RATINGS:

DAVID DE GEA 7/10
Did nothing much all game but held a few average shots and distribute clinically

ANTONIO VALENCIA 7/10
Strong and powerful runner as always, put in some decent crosses and showed his influence

VICTOR LINDELOF 8/10
A nervy first half against Glenn Murray who looked much stronger than the Swede but still came out on top and put in some strong tackles and some good long-range passes. Without a doubt his best performance in a Manchester United shirt.

CHRIS SMALLING 7/10
Looked strong and physical in defence, perhaps a tad sloppy in his distribution (an attribution that Gareth Southgate has commented on) but an overall solid performance

ASHLEY YOUNG 9/10
Outstanding performance, looked dangerous and creative every time he surged forwards and put in a strong shift at the back. A bit of luck with the goal and he will be disappointed not to be awarded it.

PAUL POGBA 8/10
Another great performance after being back from injury, his distribution was outstanding and he showed flashes of skill and was very unlucky not to score

NEMANJA MATIC 7/10
Perhaps stretched too far in this game with Brighton's three central midfielders overwhelming the Serbian and Pogba at times but he played well in possession and solid in defence

JUAN MATA 5/10
Unable to make many chances in the time he had and was relatively stifled by Brighton and will be looking over his shoulder with Ibra's improving fitness

MARCUS RASHFORD 7/10
Using his pace as usual to superb effect and his crossing has much improved but will have wanted to cap the performance with a goal and may be injured for a few matches

ANTHONY MARTIAL 6/10
Didn't try and take on Bruno as much as expected and cut in far too early too often. Reasonable to sub him off for Mkhitaryan

ROMELU LUKAKU 5/10
Held up the play well but overall another poor performance, he is a fantastic player on his day but those days are dwindling at this point in the season and has to be more clinical in front of goal

SUBS:

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC 7/10
Looked much fitter and stronger. Linking up well with Lukaku and Pogba and will be wanting to start matches soon

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN 6/10
Didn't do much wrong in the time he had but could and should have created more chances than he did

MAROUANE FELLAINI 6/10
His usual self, an aerial threat and defensively sound, not too much wrong so sign the damn contract already!

MAN OF THE MATCH: ASHLEY YOUNG

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