Manchester United have narrowly scrapped through their second domestic game of the season against Brighton and Hove Albion in a game which will go down as a Premier League great.
After coming back from 1-0 down late in the first-half, United managed to go into the break all square before taking the lead early in the second-half through a fine solo effort from Marcus Rashford.
Disaster struck with just moments to go when Brighton’s Solly March grabbed what looked to be a late point for his side in the 95th minute.
However, just seconds late, United went up the other end and were awarded a 100th minute penalty after some incredible drama. VAR and the referee deemed that Brighton striker Neil Maupay had handled Harry Maguire’s headed effort and up stepped Fernandes to convert the spot-kick.
In light of today’s dramatic game, we have looked at how each player faired.
David De Gea
The woodwork saved the Spaniard on four different occasions but when really needed United’s number-one pulled off a crucial late save at 2-1 to keep Brighton out.
Not convinced the Englishman is 100% fit just yet, but had a decent game overall. Pulled off a last ditch block late in the second-half to prevent Brighton wide-man Solly March from smashing the ball home from close range.
The Swede had an okay game overall. Got lucky in the first-half after a mis-controlled touch found it’s way safely into De Gea’s hands. Much improved on last weekend’s display against Crystal Palace, that is for sure.
Scored the equaliser three-minutes after Maupay’s 40th minute converted penalty. Solid in the air at both ends of the pitch. 90 minute plus headed effort on goal was the catalyst behind his side being award a 99th minute penalty which turned out to be the game’s winner.
Did very little wrong but equally didn’t offer much either. Poor going forward. He’ll have better games this season.
Had a quiet game but went about his business resolutely. Similarly to Shaw, the Serbian midfielder will also have better games this season.
Had a shocker. Lucky that a penalty awarded against him was over ruled, could have perhaps gone either way but the eventual decision was correct.
Offered very little at either ends of the pitch. Subbed off in the 65th minute, should have come off quarter of an hour earlier.
Definitely not his best game in a United shirt. Gave away a first-half penalty after a clumsy challenge on right-back Tariq Lamptey but did well to set United’s second up and then convert a 100th minute penalty under immense pressure.
Quiet game overall. Unlucky to have a first-half goal ruled out after team-mate Rashford strayed offside. Didn’t track back well all afternoon, eventually subbed off in the 82nd minute.
Offside for Greenwood’s first-half goal but scored a beauty himself in the 55th minute. Easily his best game since the sport resumed in June.
Forgot he was on the pitch at some points. Being left to feed off scraps wasn’t his fault but failed to impose himself on the game.
Could have done better for Brighton’s late equaliser but wasn’t on the pitch long enough to fairly judge.
Donny van de Beek
Came on with literally minutes to go, would be unfair to judge but look forward to seeing more of the Dutchman this season.
Industrious in midfield as you’d expect. Came on with half an hour to go, didn’t do much wrong. Definitely added some much needed energy and mobility in the middle of the park.