February 28, 2021

Premier League: Bruno Fernandes double steers Manchester United to 3-Zero win at Brighton – soccer

Bruno Fernandes capped a tremendous particular person efficiency with two targets and Mason Greenwood added one other as Manchester United received 3-Zero at Brighton and Hove Albion within the Premier League on Tuesday to remain within the hunt for a top-four end. Having stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 video games, United climbed again into fifth place on 52 factors from 32 video games, two behind fourth-placed Chelsea who’ve a sport in hand and forward of Wolverhampton Wanderers on purpose distinction.

The outcome and the efficiency happy supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who praised his workforce after United celebrated their first league win at Brighton since 1982.

“It’s a pleasure to look at them whenever you see them categorical themselves like that,” the Norwegian instructed the BBC.

“The boldness comes from performances and figuring out they’ve accomplished the proper issues main in to the restart. They labored arduous throughout the lockdown and we all know we’ve got hundreds to play for.

“The third purpose was an awesome workforce purpose. To see so many gamers sprinting ahead to get on the top of it was unbelievable. A terrific end by Bruno Fernandes.”

Solskjaer added to Sky Sports activities: “Mason’s first purpose was good and he performed fantastically. He’s a particular child, we all know when he will get confronted up he appears harmful. His link-up play was nice at the moment.”

United dominated from the beginning and Fernandes hit the publish with a rasping first-time shot from 20 metres earlier than 18-year-old Greenwood fired them forward within the 16th minute from a jinking solo run capped by a crisp low shot contained in the close to publish.

Fernandes made it 2-Zero with a deflected effort within the 29th following an excellent build-up, with Luke Shaw piercing by on the left flank earlier than the ball finally fell to the Portugal midfielder on the sting of the penalty space.

United scored a high-quality third purpose shortly after the break as Nemanja Matic launched Greenwood with a looking lengthy ball and the ahead delivered an inch-perfect cross for Fernandes to volley residence fantastically from 10 metres.

Substitute Daniel James missed an opportunity to attain United’s fourth within the 86th minute when he had solely Mathew Ryan to beat however the residence keeper did properly to disclaim the Wales winger.

United are subsequent at residence to relegation-threatened Bournemouth whereas Brighton go to backside workforce Norwich Metropolis on Saturday.