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Brighton 0-3 Man Utd: Bruno Fernandes shines as Red Devils keep pressure on Chelsea

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Brighton XI: Ryan, Lamptey, Dunk, Duffy, Burn, Montoya, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Mac Allister, Connolly

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes eight changes from the FA Cup win over NorwichHowever, the Manchester United boss reverts to the same side who beat Sheffield UnitedShane Duffy, Davy Propper and Martin Montoya replace Adam Webster, Aaron Mooy and Neal MaupayMason Greenwood makes the breakthrough with fine solo effortPaul Pogba provides assist for Bruno Fernandes to double United's lead inside 30 minutesFernandes grabs his second of the evening after stunning and clinical counterTrending

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FT: Done and dusted. Manchester United have played some terrific stuff to put Brighton to the sword. Bruno Fernandes was fantastic and fully deserving of the Man of the Match award.

Manchester United have extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches across all competitions (W11 D4); only Bayern Munich (25 games) are currently on a longer streak without defeat among all sides in Europe’s big five leagues.

90: UPDATE: Bruno Fernandes has nearly finished his pint of milk. Oh, and Gary Neville awarded him MOTM. Three minutes of added time.

88: Solly March replaces Aaron Connolly for the closing stages.

85: Should do better. Daniel James is clean through on goal but gets in a muddle when trying to bring the ball under his spell.

83: Gary Neville has volunteered to provide commentary for West Ham vs Chelsea tomorrow and sleep in his car to avoid heading back up to the north West. He's due to provide punditry for Liverpool's clash with Manchester City on Thursday night and he doesn't sound too keen to be around Jamie Carragher. Completely understandable, Gary.

80: Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are replaced by Odion Ighalo and Daniel James. Alexis Mac Allister and Lewis Dunk off, Aaron Mooy and Bernardo on.

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79: As for Brighton... The Seagulls are down in 15th position on 33 points. They are six points ahead of 18th-placed Bournemouth and five ahead of Watford. So perhaps one more win to secure safety?

Their fixtures: Norwich (a), Liverpool (H), Manchester City (H), Southampton (a), Newcastle (H) and Burnley (a). That games at Carrow Road could be pivotal.

76: OK, where do things stand? Tonight's win takes Manchester United back above Wolves and into fifth position on 52 points. They are two points behind Chelsea and three behind third-placed Leicester.

Their remaining fixtures? Bournemouth (H), Aston Villa (a), Southampton (H), Crystal Palace (a), West Ham (H) and Leicester (a). All very winnable games.

73: Sorry, what? Just seen Bruno Fernandes sit down on the bench and request a jumper. Nobody seems to be able to find him one. He's also grabbed a large bottle of milk! Milk? Milk after exercise? Well if he's doing it...

Save! Leandro Trossard embarks on a mazy run forward and forces a terrific save from David de Gea, who dives full stretch to tip it over the crossbar.

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70: Drinks break.

68: The full-back connection. Aaron Wan-Bissaka drives to the byline and hooks a cross into the six-yard box, where substitute Brandon Williams leaps like a salmon to head at goal. Martin Montoya is there to deflect it behind for a corner.

65: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows mercy. He's made three changes with Bruno Fernandes heading off. He covered more ground than anyone on the pitch. He's replaced by Scott McTominay. Andreas Pereira and Brandon Williams are also on for Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.

63: Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in eight goals in his first eight Premier League games for Manchester United (five goals & three assists) - only Robin van Persie has had more (9) at this stage of his Premier League career with the club.

60: Nice. Yeah. Like that. Like that a lot. Alexis Mac Allister takes a free-kick and pings it short to Leandro Trossard. The Manchester United defence is caught cold but the Belgian can't convert when dragging it across goal. Nice routine like.

58: It won't be long before Bruno Fernandes comes off. Well that's my opinion anyway. The midfielder played the full 120 minutes against Norwich and is surely due a rest. Saying that, he might just be eyeing a Premier League hat-trick...

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55:Looks like Jadon Sancho will provide superb back-up for Mason Greenwood then...

Anyway, Brighton defender Dan Burn whips in a nice cross from the left channel that Aaron Connolly JUST can't reach and David de Gea collects.

53:I asked the question if Brighton's formation change would yield any results... I suppose it did. Barring one of the greatest meltdowns in football history - this game is done.


50: GOAL! Goodness me... that was sublime. A Manchester United counter attack at its devastating best. One of the best counter-attacking goals of the season.

Harry Maguire launches the whole thing with a meaty defensive header. Nemanja Matic then slides it down the left channel for Mason Greenwood to collect and drive forearmed. He clips in a cross to the far post where Bruno Fernandes is waiting to volley in.

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49: It's looks like a 4-2-2-2 now from Graham Potter's Brighton. Not the most conventional formation. Let's see if it yields any results.

Luke Shaw is booked for bundling over his man

48:Unrelated to this game... but it's all kicking off in the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Diego Costa scored an own goal to give the hosts the advantage. Atletico were then awarded a penalty which Costa missed... but... a re-take was ordered and Saul converted. It's 1-1 at the Nou Camp with 25 minutes gone.


45: Back underway folks. Brighton have made a double change with Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay replacing Davy Propper and Tariq Lamptey. Shows what I know - I thought the teenager was doing well.

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)BRIGHTON 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

HT: A walk on the beach for Manchester United.

43: Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been quiet this evening. They've found it difficult to find any space in that congested Brighton penalty area. Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy sticking to them like glue.

Paul Pogba earns some defensive plaudits for putting off three Brighton attackers, who were trying to get on the end of a lovely Davy Propper cross.

40: Did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just wave at the television cameras? I think he might have. Not often you see a manager looking that relaxed during play.

37: Harry Maguire finds Marcus Rashford in space. The forward confidently strides past his marker but curls well wide. Manchester United playing some supreme stuff tonight - but Brighton have been equally poor in all honesty.

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34:Hmmm. Well there's controversy. We've just been shown a replay and it looks like the ball went out of play in the build up to Manchester United's second. Apparently that's not in the criteria for VAR to check - so it isn't looked at and the goal stands.

31:Since his debut for Manchester United in February, Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League player (9 - 5 goals, 4 assists). Impact.


29: GOAL! The midfield maestros combine! Manchester United have their second of the evening courtesy of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Luke Shaw beats the offside trap... just... and his cross is worked into Paul Pogba. The Frenchman shifts the ball inside to Fernandes, whose deflected effort squeezes past Matthew Ryan. No announcement whatsoever from VAR. Not sure what's happening with that.

28: Nearly half-hour on the clock and Manchester United are looking very good indeed. It's never wise to compare it to the Sir Alex Ferguson days - but I will say that the speed with which United have switched the ball and bombed down the channels is seriously impressive.

27:"No higher praise for Mason Greenwood from Gary Neville by comparing him to Robin van Persie. It took time for RVP to improve his right foot & add that unpredictability to his game. Greenwood can go both ways with ease already. Terrific prospect," writes my colleague Uche Amako. He's an Arsenal fan in case you were wondering...

25:Harry Maguire heads over from a corner and that's the last action before thedrinks break. I suspect they'll be asking for hot drinks because it looks damn chilly on the south coast.

The PA system at the Amex Stadium is blaring out some 80s tune. Not a fan.

23: Danger! Yves Bissouma commits a silly challenge just outside the Brighton penalty area and Manchester United have a golden opportunity here.

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are standing over it. A quick chat about who's taking it... over! The Portuguese took it and swung it straight over the crossbar.

20: 18-year-old Mason Greenwood has scored 13 goals in all competitions for Manchester United, one goal more than Marcus Rashford scored for the club before his 19th birthday.

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)BRIGHTON 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED | GREENWOOD

17: GOAL! Mason Greenwood makes the breakthrough for Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.

The 18-year-old collects the ball from Aaron Wan-Bissaka before spinning and bamboozling Lewis Dunk with a couple of step-overs at speed. He keeps his composure with a fantastic, low strike that flies beyond Matthew Ryan.

15: Woodwork! You don't get much closer than that. Paul Pogba squares the ball for midfield partner Bruno Fernandes, who opens his body and thunders a 20-yarder against the base of the post. Pogba's follow up then deflects behind for a corner.

13: "Never a f*****g handball. It hit my shoulder," screams Aaron Connolly as Alexis Mac Allister looks to thread him through. It did hit his arm...

10: Ten minutes in and it's all relatively quiet. Incidentally, Gary Neville thinks the £50million Jadon Sancho story is nonsense and that Manchester United will not be able to bully Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming transfer window.

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8:Nice from Aaron Connolly. He nips between Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof and the latter brings him down to prevent any further damage. He escapes the booking and Brighton's Dale Stephens thumps it into orbit.

Quick mention for Tariq Lamptey. He's playing as a right winger today and looks to have the legs on Luke Shaw. Could be an interesting battle developing down that channel.

5:I didn't expect Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes to be playing so high up the pitch. He's virtually a second striker in these opening stages. Brighton staying compact, deep and aren't afraid of a long hoof forward.

4:The artificial fans making their artificial noise are seemingly unaffected by the weather conditions. I'll give them an artificial pat on the back.

3:I've upgraded the weather conditions from miserable to bloody awful. It's lashing it down at the Amex Stadium.

To mattersONthe pitch, Manchester United have started in a confident fashion. They've knocked it quickly from right to left swiftly looking to test this Brighton side early.


1: Ready? Good because we've just started. It's a pretty miserable evening on the south coast but a blustery 15 degrees won't prevent us from having a drinks break at 22 minutes. I could rant about that for hours but I'll leave it there for now. And DON'T get me started on the five substitutes...

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his pre-match interview.

"This is the same team that played less than a week ago against Sheffield United and we played really well in that game. Hopefully we can again," he told Sky Sports.

"Everything has to be right. We have been here the last two years and not got any points. We know it is going to be hard. We have to focus on one game at a time. "

Discussing Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes starting together: "It goes with football that you get used to each other, you get used to the way they want the ball and the way they run. We have Nemanja Matic's experience behind them, we have seen something there but with Scott McTominay and Fred they have never let us down. I am in a good position."

On their pursuit of Champions League football: "Three points today is all that matters now. you cannot look too far ahead. All eyes have been on this one and we see how we perform."

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)Jadon Sancho latest

This is going to rumble on all summer... Well I suppose the mind games have continued and this one is a real doozy.

Sky Sports are claiming that Manchester United will not pay more than £50million for Jadon Sancho.

Borussia Dortmund are demanding in excess of £100m for his signature.

You seeing the problem here?

Obviously my opinion is irrelevant, but let's take a quick look at the facts.

He's only 20, he's a regular England international, he's scored 34 goals and provided 43 assists in 99 appearances for the German club AND he's behind only Robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner in the Bundesliga scoring charts this season.

Am I missing something here?

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)On the box

TV coverage for tonight's game is underway. Who's in the studio? It's Manchester United legend Patrice Evra and... Jamie Redknapp.

The first five minutes have been dedicated to Gary Neville going into hiding after Liverpool's title win. I don't hate it as much as I thought I would...

"Just watching the advert I realised how many of you lot (Liverpool fans/ex-players) work in this company," said Neville. No response...

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All five Premier League meetings between Brighton and Manchester United have been won by the home side, the most played Premier League fixture with the home side winning 100% of the time.

Twitter reaction

Lauren: Anyone else feeling nervous for the game tonight? We don’t have a good record away at Brighton. Really hope we keep the momentum going! Three points needed!

Rob: Brighton are going to be a tough challenge for Manchester United. I really want to see OGS play his best side and go after emphatic victories. Build confidence and momentum. There's little room for rotation now. Get the job done in the first half.

Odiah: Another Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes masterclass tonight. I'm ready, are you?

Steady on, Odiah. I'll ask the questions around here.

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)Who?

I know this has nothing to do with tonight's match but it's well worth a mention.

Carlo Ancelotti was asked why the club had decided to release Luke Garbutt after 11 years with the club.

And his response will forever be etched in Everton legend... "Who?"

In fairness to the Italian boss, Garbutt hadn't played for the Toffees in over six years and never worked alongside Ancelotti.

Team news - Brighton

Graham Potter has made changes. He's made three of them.

The Seagulls boss is without Adam Webster, who failed a late fitness test. So that injury sees the return of the iconic Shane Duffy/Lewis Dunk partnership.

Aaron Mooy and Neal Maupay drop out with Martin Montoya and Davy Propper starting.

Tariq Lamptey keeps his place having shaken off a knock. Think Chelsea may regret losing the 19-year-old.

Team news - Manchester United

Nice and simple. Manchester United name an unchanged side from the team who beat Sheffield United at an empty Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes continue their flourishing relationship in the middle of the park with Nemanja Matic providing the steel in behind.

No Jesse Lingard or Diogo Dalot in the squad again... but I suppose that's not really a surprise after their weekend performances.

Starting XI

Apparently the Leroy Sane deal is actually £54.8million - but it's still a bargain in my book.

Anyway, the team sheets have arrived and it's pretty-much as expected. No changes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Brighton XI: Ryan, Lamptey, Dunk, Duffy, Burn, Montoya, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Mac Allister, Connolly.

Subs: Button, Schelotto, Bernardo, Gross, Mooy, March, Trossard, Murray, Maupay.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Williams, Fred, Pereira, McTominay, Mata, James, Ighalo.

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)Leroy's gone...

How's this happened? I know it's been on the cards for a while but I can't get my head around it.

Leroy Sane will join Bayern Munich this summer. The Bundesliga giants are paying £41million for the 24-year-old, whose contract at the Etihad would have expired next June.

It's a deal, it's a steal, it's sale of the... I'm not allowed to finish the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels quote here I'm afraid.

Oh and in far less interesting news, Sandro Ramirez will remain with La Liga side Real Valladolid after Everton agreed to extend his loan.

They can't all be winners...

Brighton vs Man Utd LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates (Image: GETTY)Evening...

Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Brighton vs Manchester United from the Amex Stadium.

I hope you're all hunky-dory on this miserable June day. Lockdown restrictions ease, pubs nearly open and the weather responds in stunning fashion...

Anyway, enough moaning.

The title may have been decided last Thursday (or back in December) but the weeks ahead offer plenty more excitement.

Champions League places are top for grabs and relegation six-pointers are in full swing. Tonight, we have a little bit of both on the south coast.

United, who are undefeated in 14 games in all competitions, are looking to clinch Champions League qualification while the Seagulls want to climb further away from the drop.

Plenty at stake, so let's get going.

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Defender Adam Webster will be assessed having suffered a hamstring injury against Leicester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make several changes from the side who beat Norwich in their FA Cup bout on Saturday.

Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes are expected to start again against Brighton and will be joined by the rest of the usual starters.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are likely to partner up in midfield, while Fernandes will be placed at No 10 between Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

Anthony Martial will lead the line following his stunning performance against Sheffield United that saw him score a hat-trick.

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