Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned the first Manchester United supervisor to plan discontinuance his first six league games responsible as his facet held on to beat Brighton.
It used to be United’s seventh straight plan discontinuance for the reason that Norwegian took over at Venerable Trafford on an length in-between foundation a month ago and they in the meanwhile are factual three aspects off fourth-placed Chelsea, who lost to Arsenal in Saturday’s slack kick-off.
Paul Pogba save United in front after winning after which converting a penalty in the 27th minute.
Marcus Rashford doubled the lead factual sooner than half of-time with a comely solo aim on his a hundred and fiftieth appearance for the club.
Pascal Wrong halved the deficit for the visitors when he scored in off the bar with factual over 20 minutes final.
Brighton improved in the 2nd half of but their sorrowful away memoir persisted as they fell to a fifth defeat of their closing eight Premier League games.
United’s winning stoop continues
The closing time these sides met used to be in August, when United’s season beneath Jose Mourinho started unravelling with a 3-2 defeat.
However United’s first-half of efficiency at Venerable Trafford on Saturday used to be worlds other than that sport closing summer.
Solskjaer almost had the supreme of naming an unchanged line-up for aid-to-aid league games for the first time since December 2017, but Luke Shaw fell unwell in the warmth-up and Diogo Dalot took his station.
United save Brighton beneath relentless tension from the off and deservedly took the lead.
Nemanja Matic’s corrupt-discipline pass chanced on Pogba, whose first touch took him past Gaetan Bong and the defender then clumsily nudged him over.
The Frenchman’s stuttering penalty breeze-up has now not entirely disappeared, but this used to be nowhere discontinuance to so long as his 26-step effort in opposition to Everton aid in October and he slotted his shot past David Button.
Rashford’s present goalscoring carry out persisted as he bought his ninth of the season and his fifth beneath Solskjaer.
The England striker used to be performed in by Dalot, sent Wrong the inaccurate system after which bent his shot into the highest corner.
Rashford used to be exquisite for the first hour, spraying passes about with self assurance and whipping in a comely corrupt for Jesse Lingard, who prodded huge when he in actuality must dangle scored.
They must dangle had more to camouflage from their 20 makes an strive, but handiest five had been heading in the correct path, with Pogba and Anthony Martial responsible of missing probabilities.
United eased off in the final 20 minutes, missing sharpness and turned sloppy as they uncared for out on a fourth clear sheet in a row.
“Currently we had been tested,” acknowledged Solskjaer. “I did now not accept as true with we performed the sport out as we must always dangle. That’s in all likelihood the next downside for the boys.
“Normally you create it laborious work. I thought we performed some greats stuff at instances. First and most indispensable of the 2nd half of we could maybe maybe want accomplished the sport with expansive probabilities.
“The closing 20 minutes we had been in grief. You should maybe maybe now not progressively play myth soccer. At instances we did and or now not it’s a long way a expansive three aspects.”
More away day blues for Brighton
Chris Hughton’s facet dangle received eight aspects away from the Amex Stadium this season and dangle factual four away wins since becoming a member of the Premier League closing season.
They critically strive in opposition to in opposition to the highest sides Following closing week’s defeat by Liverpool and Saturday’s loss at Venerable Trafford, they’ve now lost all nine of their Premier League away games in opposition to ‘agreeable six’ sides by an combination safe of 19-2.
The first half of in opposition to United proved unfavorable, as they now not recurrently threatened and struggled to manage with the hosts’ ahead line.
A double trade on the hour designate with the introductions of Florin Andone and Anthony Knockaert provided the attacking impetus the Seagulls mandatory.
Davy Propper did well to create Wrong’ aim, flicking a pass with the skin of his boot over the head of Victor Lindelof to the German, who chested it down and fired his shot off the bar and in.
Brighton accomplished the stronger, their attacks and crosses sparking dismay in the United crew, but it got right here too slack.
“The largest disappointment is the targets we conceded,” acknowledged Hughton. “I thought we very principal gave them a sport.
“We are in a position to want thousands that advance the conclude of the season but I thought there used to be a chance for us right this moment.
“We mandatory a exiguous more nice in the final third and in odd.”
Requested about bringing avid gamers in January, he added: “You should maybe maybe never say never but I create now not accept as true with this would maybe maybe even be the case. Almost definitely one or two will seemingly be going out on mortgage.”
Man of the match – Marcus Rashford
On Rashford’s carry out, Solskjaer acknowledged: “What a procure. That used to be the very first thing I acknowledged to him when I met him. He had uncared for some probabilities and I acknowledged ‘no downside, you’re going to be all factual, factual resolve down a exiguous of bit’.”
Pogba equals handiest targets return – the supreme stats
- Solskjaer is factual the third supervisor in Premier League historical past to plan discontinuance his first six games responsible of a club, after Carlo Ancelotti with Chelsea and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City
- United dangle received more penalties (seven) while Brighton dangle conceded more (also seven) than any other Premier League facet this season
- Pogba’s aim used to be his eighth in the Premier League this season, equalling his handiest return in a single season in the highest five European leagues (also eight with Juventus in 2014-15 and 2015-sixteen).
- Rashford has now scored in his closing four Premier League games. Most efficient Anthony Martial (five) has had a better such breeze in the opponents this season
United commute to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday (19:fifty five GMT), a sport that is dwell on BBC One. They then host Burnley in the league on 29 January.
Brighton are also in cup action and host Championship facet West Brom on Saturday (15:00 GMT). The Seagulls then commute to Premier League strugglers Fulham on 29 January.