Premier League, Manchester United 2-0 Brighton: Records broken
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes helped Manchester United pip Brighton 2-0 in a crucial Premier League encounter at Old Trafford. United were poor in the first half as David de Gea kept them in the game. However, Brighton capitulated early in the second half to see Ronaldo score a superb goal before Lewis Dunk was sent off. Fernandes scored in the 97th minute.
- This was a massive three points for United as they moved to fourth for the moment.
- However, Ralf Rangnick will not be happy given a poor first half.
- This has become a recurring theme for United, who haven't got going with the same intensity for longer periods.
- The hosts also missed several chances in a much better show after half-time.
Brighton were top-notch in the first half and had things moving swiftly. Jakub Moder had a free header as DDG was at his acrobatic best to deny the Polish international. Brighton started poorly in the second half and paid the price. Ronaldo scored and Dunk was sent off moments later. Brighton hung on and almost found an equalizer but Fernandes helped the hosts.
Brighton have never won away against United in all competitions, drawing two and losing 12 of their 14 visits. In the top-flight, they've taken just one point from a possible 27 at Old Trafford (D1 L8), losing all five of their visits in the PL.
David de Gea has now kept 128 Premier League clean sheets, equaling the mark of Peter Schmeichel. Making his 75th PL appearance, Fernandes has raced to 34 goals, steering clear of Meesut Ozil (33). He netted his eighth PL goal this season. Paul Pogba made his eighth assist in the PL this season and 37th overall.
Ronaldo has 15 goals for United this season across competitions. He has scored 15-plus goals in 16 successive seasons. Ronaldo scored his 93rd Premier League goal for United, equaling Andy Cole's tally. He has scored a goal in each of the last 21 calendar years.