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Manchester United vs Brighton live score and result updates: Premier League latest as Ronaldo hits stunner – The Athletic

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Manchester United vs Brighton live score and result updates: Premier League latest as Ronaldo hits stunner – The Athletic

Manchester United moved back into the top four in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were enough to see off the Seagulls on a night where the visitors could have come away with so much more.

The scoreline was harsh on Graham Potter’s side who were the better team for large parts of the game but a crazy 90-second period at the beginning of the second half took the match away from them.

The hosts were second best throughout a fairly uneventful first half where they, once again, had David de Gea to thank for keeping them in the game. However, they came out a different team after half time and following Ronaldo’s thumping opener from the edge of the box, Brighton were down to 10 men just a minute and 21 seconds later.

Anthony Elanga raced through on goal after nicking the ball 25 yards from goal and Peter Bankes was given no choice but to send off Lewis Dunk who pulled down the young forward, denying a goalscoring opportunity in the process.

United passed up plenty of brilliant chances to seal all three points and they were almost made to pay for it late in the second half.

On one of their many counter attacks in the second half, Brighton worked the ball out wide to Jakub Moder whose effort from over 30 yards crashed onto the crossbar after beating de Gea.

Ralf Rangnick’s side weathered the storm towards the end of the game and Fernandes finally wrapped up the victory in the final minute of stoppage time. He ran almost the length of the pitch and sat down both Joel Veltman and Robert Sanchez before smashing into the back of the net.

United have moved into fourth as a result of the win while Brighton remain ninth.

(Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
February 15, 2022 at 6:02 PM EST
I hate to use such tiresome cliches when talking about football but the old adage 'a game of two halves' perfectly describes this evening's Premier League action. The first half was dull, drab and boring but the second half was the complete opposite and made for a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.

I hope that I've been able to do tonight's match justice in this blog and hope that, if you were unable to watch the match, you've enjoyed following The Athletic's coverage. Keep an eye out on our site for all the fall out from both our Manchester United and Brighton writers over the next few days.

As always, it has been my pleasure to bring you all the updates from the game at Old Trafford and until next time, take care.

(Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
February 15, 2022 at 5:57 PM EST
Graham Potter will have taken great heart from what he saw from his team this evening but ultimately, it was another game where Brighton's need for a goalscorer was made abundantly clear.

They were undoubtedly the better team in the first half and could have taken a point with 10 men towards the end. However, it was a fruitless excursion and an evening, compounded by Lewis Dunk's red card, that will have frustrated the 46-year-old.

After the match, he said: "We're frustrated. For large periods of the game, I thought we had an opportunity but we didn't start the second half well, we gave the ball away and they punished us.

"Obviously, the sending off changes the dynamic of the game. Up until then, I thought we were probably the better team, first half especially. I thought the boys dug in incredibly well, we hit the bar, Danny [Welbeck] had the chance with a header. I'm really proud of the players in terms of what they gave, just a little bit frustrated because I thought we could have got something tonight."
February 15, 2022 at 5:39 PM EST
David de Gea turned in yet another top-drawer performance for United this evening and further embedded himself as the most important player in the team. His save from Moder's header in the first half was phenomenal and had it gone into the back of the net, it would have been a very different night for the home side.

The win moved United into the top four but the Spaniard was clear to emphasise that a Champions League place shouldn't be seen as an achievement at Old Trafford.

"To be honest, we should be fighting for more than finishing in the top four," he said after the match. "But the reality is that we're fighting for the top four and there are many teams fighting for the same positions so it's going to be a tough three months.

"We'll take it game by game, fight for every point and with the quality we have, we should win a lot of points and secure a top-four place as soon as possible."
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February 15, 2022 at 5:30 PM EST
It was a performance typical of this modern Manchester United side who just don't seem to be able to close out matches from commanding positions. They gave Brighton a clear route back into the game when they should have scored a second goal on three or four occasions.

That second goal did, of course, come eventually but the Seagulls could have quite easily rescued a point towards the end.

Here are the full-time thoughts of our United writer Laurie Whitwell at Old Trafford this evening.
Totally different mood from 45 minutes ago. Fernandes gets his song sung as he walks off with Pogba clapping support. Pogba gave his shirt to a fan.

Curious display. Frailties even against 10 men. But several chances + ultimately a win to go fourth.#MUFC
February 15, 2022 at 5:13 PM EST
FT Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

That will more than do for Manchester United but they made much harder work of it than they should have done. Had it not been for a mad 90-second period at the start of the second half from Potter's side, Brighton would have come away with at least a point.

The Ronaldo goal was vital for United but the Dunk red card really took the game away from the visitors. They still had their chances to nick a point towards the end but the extra man ultimately proved to be the difference.

Rangnick won't be too happy with the performance but the result will be more than satisfactory.
February 15, 2022 at 5:09 PM EST
90+6 Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

Manchester United have finally got a second goal! Following a sustained period of Brighton pressure, Pogba's quick free kick set Fernandes away on the counter attack and, after sitting both the defender and the goalkeeper down on the back of a 50-yard run, he smashes the ball into the back of the net.

Veltman and Sanchez won't want to watch that again but it's brilliant from Fernandes who has been inspired in this second half. That should do it for Rangnick and United.
February 15, 2022 at 5:04 PM EST
90' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

United will have to navigate another six minutes as the fourth official indicates the amount of time to be added on. Despite Brighton being down to 10 men, they are really knocking on the door.
February 15, 2022 at 5:03 PM EST
90' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

What a chance for Welbeck! I was surprised that Lamptey wasn't starting this evening and he has been unbelievable since coming on, he's ran both Shaw and Alex Telles ragged on Brighton's right-hand side.

The pint-sized right back hung a perfect cross up for the former Manchester United striker but he was unable to keep his header down from about 10 yards.
February 15, 2022 at 4:57 PM EST
84' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

This game will be far too open for Rangnick's liking. Despite Manchester United being in control of the ball and having the majority of the chances, they are leaving themselves susceptible to the counter attack.

As I mentioned earlier, they could really do with doubling their lead.
February 15, 2022 at 4:51 PM EST
79' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

What a second half this has been! After passing up a number of great chances at one end, United were almost hit by a sucker punch at the other end as Moder's bending strike out on the left wing from 35 yards slams onto the crossbar.

It had beaten de Gea's all ends up and he will have been mightily relieved to see the frame of his goal come to the rescue. The Red Devils could really do with a second goal with Brighton refusing to accept defeat.
February 15, 2022 at 4:48 PM EST
76' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

Ronaldo could, and should, probably have a hat trick. After scoring his hardest chance of the game, he has missed two headers that would usually be his food and drink.

The first was kept out really well by Sanchez but this one, after meeting an inch-perfect Fernandes cross, was nodded harmlessly wide from all of five or six yards. Rangnick will be hoping they are not made to rue all of these missed chances.
February 15, 2022 at 4:45 PM EST
72' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

Somehow Brighton are still in the game at Old Trafford but Bruno Fernandes really should have made it 2-0 there. Ronaldo pounced on a poor pass from Sanchez and pulled the ball across to his Portugal team mate on the penalty spot but he was unable to find the back of the net with the goal at his mercy.

The Seagulls then looked to launch a counter attack and Luke Shaw was shown a yellow card for a cynical foul on Lamptey who was introduced from the bench after Dunk's red card.
February 15, 2022 at 4:40 PM EST
66' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

It's all Manchester United at Old Trafford now and Brighton are just about managing to weather the storm.

Ronaldo just had a great chance to all-but wrap up the three points but his header was excellently tipped over the crossbar by Sanchez who shouldn't have really been given the opportunity to save it.
February 15, 2022 at 4:35 PM EST
61' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

This second half so far will have been so frustrating for Potter to watch but he will have been aware that this reaction was always likely after not taking advantage of all the first-half pressure.

There was just one minute and 21 seconds between Ronaldo's opener and Dunk's dismissal, a capitulation of the highest order.

(Photo: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
February 15, 2022 at 4:25 PM EST
54' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

It's gone from bad to worse for the visitors as Lewis Dunk is sent off after pulling Elanga down after he raced clean through on goal. Peter Bankes was instructed to go over to the VAR screen and overturned his onfield decision.

Brighton have been so poor on the ball since half time and United have been more than happy to capitalise on the exact same errors they were making in the first half. It's very hard to see a way back for the Seagulls from here.
February 15, 2022 at 4:23 PM EST
51' Manchester United 1-0 Brighton

Who else? It's a fantastic finish from Ronaldo and that is exactly what the home fans needed to see after the first half.

McTominay catches Bissouma in possession 30 yards from goal and Ronaldo runs onto the loose ball before blasting an unstoppable effort past Sanchez who didn't even bother diving for it.
February 15, 2022 at 4:18 PM EST
46' Manchester United 0-0 Brighton

We are back underway after the half-time break. Let's hope for some entertainment and at least one more goal than we saw in the first half.
February 15, 2022 at 4:11 PM EST
Just moving away from the Premier League slightly, there are two games going on at the moment in the Champions League.

Manchester City are battering Sporting Lisbon away from home in their last 16 first leg and are leading 4-0 thanks to a brace from Bernardo Silva as well as goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden.

In arguably the tie of the round in Paris, it has been much tighter as Real Madrid and PSG can't be separated at the Parc des Princes.

Just a quick reminder that Manchester United get their last 16 tie underway a week tomorrow as they travel to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atletico.
February 15, 2022 at 4:05 PM EST
HT Manchester United 0-0 Brighton

I'm not sure I'd wish watching that first half on my worst enemy, if I had one! It's been really poor from a Manchester United point of view and, while Brighton have been the better team, they could have taken advantage of the hosts' performance.

A chorus of boos ring around Old Trafford as the referee blows his half-time whistle. Arguably the most frustrated of those inside the stadium will be Potter who will be annoyed that his side have only been able to properly test de Gea once.

Rangnick did say his side have been far too 'Jekyll and Hyde' for his liking recently, he'll be hoping to see the Dr Jekyll in the second half.

February 15, 2022 at 3:57 PM EST
40' Manchester United 0-0 Brighton

Brighton are playing the game at a pace aptly compared by Andy Townsend to a testimonial. Had it not been for a brilliant save from de Gea from an almost perfect Moder header, the visitors would be in front and it would be completely fair.

The atmosphere is growing increasingly hostile inside Old Trafford and it couldn't be clearer to see why, they've been thoroughly dominated so far.

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