Review & Ratings: Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford score in 3-1 Brighton victory; Scott McTominay did well, Brandon Williams impressive

Review & Ratings: Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford score in 3-1 Brighton victory; Scott McTominay did well, Brandon Williams impressive

Manchester United beat Brighton And Hove Albion 3-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Andreas Pereira opened the scoring with Scott McTominay getting involved, although his goal was a Davy Propper own goal. Lewis Dunk got his team back into the game before Marcus Rashford restored the two-goal lead.

United started well against Brighton at the Theatre of Dreams and were lively in the opening stages. Dale Stephens got himself book in the fifth minute of the match, aiming to tackle Andreas Pereira and slipping. The Belgian-born Brazilian opened the scoring in the 17th minute, albeit by deflection, putting United 1-0 up in this fixture.

Brighton got another booking in the 19th minute for taking Daniel James out, who was much faster than him. United got a second goal which Harry Maguire was involved in and it seemed that Scott McTominay bundled the ball into the net. However, VAR ruled that Davy Propper has scored an own goal. We’ll take that though.

Brighton got back into the game in the 64th minute with Lewis Dunk scoring from the header to put some late pressure onto United. However, they responded pretty quickly after Pascal Gross gave the ball away in midfield, Anthony Martial striding forward, spotting Marcus Rashford who put it in off the crossbar from 12-yards.

Rashford almost had another goal moments later, missing the target completely though. United were peppering Brighton in the final quarter of the match with chances being created by goals not being scored. United never gave up but neither did Brighton. Brandon Williams is a player who did well in the game and looks like a lively attacking left-back.

That is it for United until the 24 November though when they travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United in the Premier League, another must-win match for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The month will end with United travelling out to Kazakhstan to face FC Astana in the UEFA Europa League with a view to winning the group.

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have a lot to do against Brighton at Old Trafford. It was touch and go for him at a stage of the first half where he seemed to be injured but he got through that.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back did well against Brighton and will be thankful of the rest before the busy end of the year. He got forward a few times, especially in the second half. One of the best signings of the summer for me.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender did well against Brighton. Harry Maguire seemed to be the more combative defender during the match though but the Swede played his part.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man had a good game against Brighotn. Got himself involved in the second goal and had been winning challenges, one which started a good play for United which saw Marcus Rashford on the ball but unable to score. Is his form starting to fall into place at his new club?

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Brandon Williams

The 18-year-old is so much better than Ashley Young and has shown shades of being better than Luke Shaw. He’s not afraid to battle his opposition, run with the ball, or for the ball and get involved in attacking play. Shaw will be lucky to play regularly unless he bucks up his ideas. I would rather see Brandon Williams play in this team. Booked for a challenge before the hour and was still able to tackle moments later. Came off in stoppage time to a standing ovation with Marcos Rojo replacing him.

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39 Scott McTominay

The academy graduate made the match after injury worries from midweek. He seemed to score the second goal of the game which was awarded as an own goal through Davy Propper. Seemingly got another injury in stoppage time, did not come off on the stretcher though but looked injured.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder can hold his head high recently. He has been getting better and better, at a slow rate. He was involved in the build up to both first half goals and can be proud of the rise in his game. Improvement is still needed but he’s showing himself as a work in progress.

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21 Daniel James

The Welshman was fouled in the first half, beating Lewis Dunk with his pace. United ended up scoring their second goal, albeit an own goal, moments later. His pace is electrifying.

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15 Andreas Pereira

On his 50th appearance for United, the Belgian-born Brazilian opened the scoring for United, despite it being deflected across the line. He does still need to put his all in for this team though as considering his academy spell, he has underachieved in the squad and needs to become a consistent player who can step up and create, provide and score goals regularly. I cannot fault his desire in this game and he very nearly scored a second goal late in the first half. Pereira’s match ended in to 70th minute as Jesse Lingard replaced him.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward got his goal to put United two clear of Brighton after Lewis Dunk got his side back into the game. However, Rashford missed a sitter moments later, not even getting his shot on target. He was replaced by Mason Greenwood in stoppage time after missing another sitter.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman got two assists; one for Andreas Pereira’s opening goal against Brighton, the other for Marcus Rashford’s goal, United’s third of the day. Martial was frustrating to watch at times though.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Pereira 70′. The academy graduate needs to do a lot more to get back into the starting XI. He had some involvement in the game with United on the front foot, but not enough to warrant anything other than a substitute appearance.

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26 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Rashford 90+1′. The teenager came on in stoppage time for Marcus Rashford after scoring in midweek. He did not have enough time to get involved though.

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16 Marcos Rojo

Replaced Williams 90+1′. The Argentinian defender replaced Brandon Williams in stoppage time but was not on the pitch long enough to get much done.

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Goals: Andreas Pereira 17′, Davy Propper 19′ (og), Marcus Rashford 66′; Lewis Dunk 64′

Assists: Anthony Martial 17′, 66′; Pascal Gross 64′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams (Rojo 90+1′); McTominay, Fred; James, Pereira (Lingard 70′), Rashford (Greenwood 90+1′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Jones; Mata, Garner

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 45′, Brandon Williams 58′; Dale Stephens 5′, Lewis Dunk 19′, Martin Montoya 30′, Dan Burn 45+2′, Davy Propper 74′

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