United squeeze past Tau's Brighton

English Premier League

Manchester United cemented second spot in the Premier League title race after coming from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Sunday evening.

Man United made four changes from their loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup, as Luke Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani were all recalled while Percy Tau was not in the squad for Brighton.

Mason Greenwood was unlucky not to give United the lead in the eighth minute with a right-footed shot at the near post that came off the base of the post.

Danny Welbeck then grabbed the lead for the Seagulls against his former side in the 13th minute with a close-range strike from a rebound after his initial header was saved into his path by goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The visitors were defending deep in their own half after that and Paul Pogba came the closest to getting the equaliser for the Red Devils seven minutes before the break with a first-time strike just inside the box that missed wide and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's charges went to the break trailing by an odd goal.

Man United were spirited coming from the break and Rashford finally levelled matters in the 63rd minute with a side-footed shot past goalkeeper Robert Sanchez at the near post after a through ball by Fernandes.

Greenwood had a chance to give Solskjaer's men the lead in the last quarter of an hour from a rebound inside the box but his looping effort bounced on the outside top of the net.

United finally went ahead seven minutes before time after Pogba's bouncing volley inside the box found Greenwood unmarked and he headed the ball from close range that was deflected in on the line.

Brighton were applying the pressue in the dying minutes but the Red Devils held on to reduce the deficit behind leaders Manchester City to 14 points in second place, with a game in hand while the Seagulls remained six points clear of the relegation zone.

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