Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester United: 5 Talking Points
#4 Manchester United bounce back but not for too long:
After being two goals down, United showed some good intent to go ahead and earned minutes after Duffy’s goal. Ashley Young’s corner-kick was managed well by Luke Shaw, who then lobbed it over to Romelu Lukaku who scored cleanly through a header.
This was a very important goal from United’s perspective as they minimized Brighton’s cushion quite early on and had enough time to score other two goals. On many occasions in the past, United had mounted a comeback after going down by two goals.
The key to that is to score an early goal and to not concede anymore in the match. Lukaku’s header meant that United could have built on that and controlled the tempo and the momentum of the match. However, Eric Bailly’s reckless tackle inside the box allowed Brighton a spot-kick.
Pascal Gross stepped up to take the kick and managed to put the ball back into the net. It wasn’t the best of spot-kicks, as De Gea nearly saved it with his feet.
However, Bailly’s carelessness and casual approach at this moment quite possibly took the game away from United’s hands.