Manchester United has not let the gap with leader Manchester City further increase. The number 2 in the ranking defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at home. Victory came about with difficulty. Only in the last half hour did ManUnited’s score get going.
Manchester City, which won 2-0 at number 3 Leicester City, leads with 74 points. City mate United has played 14 points less and a match less.
On behalf of the visitors, Danny Welbeck (ex-United) opened the score from close by in the 13th minute. ManUnited didn’t produce one goal-oriented shot in the first half. After the break, Marcus Rashford scored the equalizing goal on a pass from Bruno Fernandes. In the 83rd minute, Mason Greenwood gave the home team the win.
Midfielder Donny van de Beek came in for United in the final phase. Defender Joël Veltman played the entire match at Brighton and teammate Davy Pröpper stayed on the bench.
Trainer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of ManUnited could not use Anthony Martial, among others, against Brighton. The French attacker returned from the international period with the national team with a knee injury. According to Solskjaer, the injury does not look good and there is a chance that Martial will not play in the Premier League this season.
Manchester United will play against Granada in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday.