Bruno Fernandes was the star at Brighton on Tuesday night, scoring two goals in Manchester United’s pursuit of a top-four finish as they ran away with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was totally dominant in the contest at the Amex Stadium and further extended their unbeaten run to 15 games to move up to fifth place in the Premier League table, two points adrift of Chelsea.
Teenager Mason Greenwood scored the opener inside the first 20 minutes. He turned seagull’s defender Lewis Dunk’s pass with a swift footwork and drilled in an accurate opener for the visitors.
United was ruthless in the final third as midfield playmaker Bruno Fernandes, who was highly impressive once again, netted via a deflection, then volleyed in to finish a swift counter-attack.
Brighton did pose some threat in the second half but David de Gea made a flying save to deny Aaron Connolly as Graham Potter’s side remain in 15th place, six points above the relegation zone.
The victory extends United’s unbeaten run to 15 games and lifts them up to fifth. Brighton remains 15th, six clear of the relegation zone.
- Manchester United extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches across all competitions (W11 D4); only Bayern Munich (25 games) are currently on a longer such streak without defeat among all sides in Europe’s big-five leagues.
- Brighton have won fewer Premier League games in 2020 than any other side (P13 W1 D7 L5).
- This was Brighton’s biggest home league defeat of the season, with their last Premier League loss by a three-goal margin at the Amex coming on the final day of the 2018-19 campaign (1-4 v Man City).
- Manchester United have kept more clean sheets in their last 13 league games (eight) than they managed in their first 40 under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær (seven).
- Manchester United completed a league double over Brighton for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign, with tonight their first away win over the Seagulls since April 1982.
- Mason Greenwood’s six goals for Man Utd in 2019-20 is the most by a player aged 18 or younger in a single Premier League season since Wayne Rooney scored nine for Everton in 2003-04.
- 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 (10 – six goals, four assists).
- Fernandes has been directly involved in eight goals in his first eight league games for Man Utd (five goals, three assists) – only Robin van Persie had more goal involvements (nine) after as many games at the start of his Premier League career with the club.
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s assist for Greenwood’s opener was his fourth in the Premier League for Manchester United (29th appearance); one more than he provided in 42 league games for former club Crystal Palace.
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