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FA Cup Quarter-Final: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton - Player Ratings

Shuvam Sinha
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1.43K   //    18 Mar 2018, 03:57 IST


Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
Nemanja Matic's header ensured victory for the hosts

Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic were on the scoresheet as Manchester United eased into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with the victory over a fighting Brighton side.

The Belgian striker continued his run of good goal-scoring form with a headed goal in the first half from Nemanja Matic's cross. The latter then turned scorer himself, being the first to land a head onto Ashley Young's sumptuous free-kick late in the game to seal progress for Jose Mourinho's side.

Here's a look at the player ratings from the match.


Brighton & Hove Albion


Tim Krul - 6

Krul didn't make a save, the two goals scored being the only ones he faced.

Ezequiel Schelotto - 6

Schelotto had to do the unenviable job of facing Martial and provided little threat going up despite approaching the byline on a couple of instances.

Lewis Dunk - 6.5

Dunk made a number of clearances but was out-muscled and out-run by Lukaku for the latter's goal.

His header from a Brighton corner was saved by Romero.

Shane Duffy - 7

Like Dunk, Duffy also had to make a plethora of clearances and did not do much wrong defensively.

Markus Suttner - 6.5

Suttner provided adequate support from left-back to Locadia who was keen to press up the pitch and take the game to United.

Pascal Gross - 6

Gross linked with March on the right-hand side for Brighton but was unable to find the penetrating pass or cross.

Davy Propper - 6.5

Propper filled in gaps in Brighton's defence to make it difficult for United to break them down.

He won the ball a few times and attempted to get the visitors attacking with a series of good passes.

Beram Kayal - 6.5

The Israeli midfielder went in with a positive mindset. Playing box-to-box, he got the ball forward, attempted to drive it into the box and help create an attack through the middle. However, he was unable to inspire the final product

Solly March - 6

March made a handful of cutting runs from wide, but his final delivery was missing. He saw his powerful shot in the second half palmed away by Romero.

Leonardo Ulloa - 6

Ulloa was starved of service and was tied down by the uncompromising Bailly in the box.

Jurgen Locadia - 7


Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
Locadia shone for Brighton

Locadia was one of the few forwards who came close to unsettling United's defence.

He made runs across the byline, played balls across the box and was able to get a couple of hits at goal - one narrowly headed over the bar and the other saved by Romero.

Substitutes:

Jose Izquierdo - 6

Izquierdo replaced Marsh to bring fresh legs into the right wing, but he was unable to get the better of Ashley Young.

He was able to get just a solitary cross into the box with his first touch, but it didn't find a Brighton shirt.

Glenn Murray - 5

Murray came on as a like-for-like replacement for Ulloa, but he too hardly saw the ball.

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