Manchester United have picked up three points for the first time this season with a win on the road over Brighton.
The season started poorly for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend as he watched his players lose 3-1 against Crystal Palace. Not only were we beaten, we were outplayed.
I wouldn’t go as far saying United were much better today. Like last weekend, the Red Devils improved in the second half but our overall performance was below bar.
In the lead up to the match Solskjaer urged his players to make better use of Harry Maguire’s presence inside the box, as per Manchester Evening News. He should be scoring more goals and chipping in with at least 5+ each season.
“We had the front three who scored 60-odd goals, I can’t remember how many, then you had Bruno (Fernandes) who chipped in with penalties and free-kicks. We need more goals from our set-plays. Harry (Maguire) is one of the best in the league of first contacts from set-plays. Can we get more from that? Can we get more goals from midfield? Of course that could give us extra points. It needs to give us extra points.”
Maguire answered Solskjaer’s prayers at the Amex Stadium today with a headed goal against Brighton after United had fallen behind.
Brighton opened the scoring with a Neal Maupay penalty kick after Bruno Fernandes gave away a foul inside the box.
United went in at half-time level but knew a win at the Amex required a better half.
Marcus Rashford opened his account in the Premier League this season a beautiful solo goal to give United three points, but it wasn’t enough as Brighton managed to equalise in the 95th minute.
That wasn’t enough because Bruno Fernandes took a penalty at the very end to give United the win.
Hopefully the Reds can pick up from this and use it as a lift for the season ahead. The performance must improve though.