Manchester United 3-1 Brighton: Four Things We Learned

Manchester United get another win this week, as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 at Old Trafford, earning them important three points that now see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sitting in seventh place. The Red Devils beat Graham Potter’s side after Andreas Pereira scored the opener, Davy Propper scored and own goal and Marcus Rashford confirmed the victory following Lewis Dunk’s goal.

United are now just one point away from fifth place, but also nine points off Manchester City in fourth, after their loss against Liverpool later today. Here is what we learned from Man United’s win.

Man United Comfortable

It was a comfortable victory for Manchester United, as seldom as it has been in recent times, since Man United not only won 3-1, but they could have scored a couple more. Nevertheless, it does not matter that they did not, since Solskjaer’s team was organized, energetic and eager to show what they can do. They did not always look like that this season, which is a nice improvement to see. Potter’s team wanted to play toe to toe as much as they could, but in the end it was obvious just how much more quality United have at their disposal.

Fred’s Best Game Since Arriving

Many were thrilled with how Fred played on the day and they are correct. This was probably the Brazilian’s best performance since joining from Shakhtar in the summer of 2018. Fred was doing well in possession, but also out of it, winning duels and making interceptions.

Also, his range of passing was what was missing from this team in Paul Pogba’s absence and Fred hit some really neat long balls. It was great to see how grow in confidence and hopefully he will continue to do so after the international break.

Daniel James Does Well On His Birthday

The Wales international was celebrating his 22nd birthday today and he did celebrate it in some style. Maybe he did not score a goal or create one for a teammate, but nevertheless, he showed why United decided to buy him. He played in the wing in the manner of old wingers, sprinting up and down and making things happen with his intelligent movements and understanding of the game. He was offering width, whilst still creating chances for his teammates.

Brighton Struggle Away From Home

This match was never going to be an easy one for Brighton, especially not at Old Trafford, but the game itself reminded many of the fact that Brighton just keep having issues away from home. They have won three of their last five games but all three of them came in Brighton.

This is the problem Seagulls had last season when Chris Hughton was there and it keeps happening under Graham Potter. But the fact that Brighton did not want to just sit back at Old Trafford shows exactly why this iteration of the team could achieve more than that of Hughton.

Man United, in the end, showed they are the better team and Brighton will have to look for points elsewhere.

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