Manchester United 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: 5 Talking Points
Goalscorers: Romelu Lukaku 37'; Nemanja Matic 83;
In snowy conditions at Old Trafford, Manchester United returned to winning ways with a professional 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion to enter the semifinals of the FA Cup. Progression in the only remaining chance of silverware was the need of the hour for United as Jose and his men delivered when it mattered the most.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a fine header at the far post to give United the lead in the first half. Nemanja Matic doubled the advantage late in the second interval to guarantee United's place in the final four.
On the back of Jose Mourinho's astonishing press conference, there were a lot of talking points that emerged from the quarterfinal in Manchester. So, without further ado, let's discuss this game in further detail by looking at the five key talking points:
#5 Sergio Romero impresses once again
Chances have been hard to come by for the Argentine no.1 this season. But whenever Romero has been entrusted to do the job between the sticks, he has lived up to the expectations. Against Brighton, Romero showed great composure to keep his fourth clean sheet in as many games in the FA Cup.
He showed great reflexes to stop Lewis Dunk's header in the first half and then parried away Jurgen Locadia's long-range shot with effectivity. All in all, he made six saves on the night and his distribution was also spot on with 5 of his goal kicks being won by a United player.
Mourinho has a great alternative to David De Gea waiting in the wings who once again showed his strengths when the chance arrived.