REPORT: Brighton 1 Manchester United 0

Brighton & Hove Albion produced an outstanding display to beat Manchester United 1-0 in their last home game of the season, to guarantee another season in the Premier League.

Although Brighton started much the better of the two sides, it was Man United who looked like they’d taken the lead after three minutes when Anthony Martial’s free kick was touched in by Marouane Fellaini. The offside flag had been raised however, and Brighton began to dominate the game.

Anthony Knockaert looked the main source of threat and remained a constant worry for Ashley young down the left-hand side. With the Frenchman regularly producing crosses, it was up to Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo to make sure the United net didn’t bulge.

Brighton then had their biggest chance of the game in the 20th minute when Glenn Murray, on the swivel, attempted a half-volley from 25 yards. His effort, however, was tipped around the post by David De Gea. United then began to shows signs of life and could’ve been in front had Marcus Rashford, who dispossessed Lewis Dunk, laid the ball off to Martial but the Striker delayed his pass and saw the chance scurried away.

Minutes later Jose Izquierdo had a powerful shot tipped over the bar by De Gea before the resulting corner could only be headed wide by Dale Stephens.

The second half started with more of the same flourish from Brighton and as the anticipation of a goal from the crowd grew, so did Albion’s belief. They soon got their reward in the 58th minute thanks to a Pascal Gross header.

Izquierdo started the move, with his cross being palmed away by De Gea into the path of Gross who had his effort apparently saved off the line. Referee Craig Pawson however, looked at his watch and awarded the goal, sending Brighton fans into raptures.

Knockaert continued to show more energy, incessantly taking on players and driving at will, while United players looked stunned.

Both sides made changes as the seconds ticked away, Brighton fans got louder and United attacks petered out. Albion managed to hold on though to a famous 1-0 win that guaranteed Premier League safety.

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