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Manchester United’s 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: 5 major talking points from the game

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Modified 18 Mar 2018, 04:22 IST

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
United progress to the semi-finals of the FA C

Manchester United have qualified to the semi-finals of the FA Cup following a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. The Red Devils started in bright fashion and dominated the game throughout the 90 minutes.

Two headed goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic either side of half-time gave Jose Mourinho's men the needed boost as they returned to winning ways following Tuesday's loss to Sevilla in the Champions League.

The Red Devils were not all that convincing but at this point, a win is all that matters and they achieved that with a lot of distinction.

Now, Mourinho and his men are just two games away from laying their hands on what will be Manchester United's 13th FA Cup title after Saturday's quarter-final win over the Seagulls,

Here are five talking points from the game:

#5 Mourinho heeds fans plea to play attacking football

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
Mourinho has been under huge pressure this season

Mourinho’s reign as Manchester United manager has often been met with pessimism from a section of the fans due to his pragmatic style of play.

However, on Saturday when the Portuguese sent his side out against Brighton & Hove Albion, he set them out to attack.

The former Chelsea boss went in for an attacking quartet of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku.


And from the blast of the whistle, the intention was clear: show the fans that United can play attacking football.

Following Tuesday’s disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla the Red Devils needed an instant reaction and although this was not a vintage performance, it was refreshing to see the side try to play attacking football.

Mourinho may have been forced by the pressure from fans to set up his side this way, but the Old Trafford crowd loved it and will definitely hope it continues in subsequent games.

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Published 18 Mar 2018, 04:22 IST
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