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Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Manchester United 0
Mac Allister 90’+9 Penalty
A moment of madness from Luke Shaw, late in stoppage time at the end of the second half, cost United the draw when he handled in his own penalty box. The referee initially missed it, but once he was called to the VAR screen, United knew their luck was out. Mac Allister stepped up and smashed the penalty into the top left corner, sending De Gea the wrong way for good measure. A draw would’ve been a fair result, but few would begrudge Brighton the winner.
United started well but opted to allow Brighton possession while relying on breaks to bring chances. Apart from an early mistake from Lindelof, United were fairly comfortable in defence. Brighton were contained to mostly long-range efforts, while United looked to counterattack with their usual flair and pace. Neither side did enough to score in the first half.
The first half had been even. Two contrasting styles, both entertaining, cancelled each other out, but in the second, Brighton took more control. United still looked as likely to score, and it was only the last few minutes when they had settled for the draw where Brighton’s hunger for the win got its reward.
The result prolongs United’s attempt to secure Champions League football for next season while moving Brighton up into sixth place. United face another away game on Sunday with their form away from home increasingly poor.
Steele, Estupinan, Dunk, Webster, Buonanotte, Caicedo, Gilmour, Enciso, Mitoma, Mac Allister, Welbeck.
Subs: Sanchez, Colwill, Van Hecke, Offiah, March, Undav, Moran, Ayari, Peupion.
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Shaw, Dalot, Fred, Casemiro, Fernandes, Antony, Martial, Rashford.
Subs: Butland, Maguire, Malacia, Williams, Eriksen, Pellistri, Sabitzer, Sancho, Weghorst.