Bruno Fernandes's late penalty earns United thrilling win

Updated: 27 September, 2020 11:43 IST | AFP | Brighton

The Seagulls hit the woodwork five times and thought they had earned a deserved point when Solly March headed home to equalise in the 95th minute.

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (left) shoots to score a winner against Brighton on Saturday. PIC/GETTY IMAGES
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (left) shoots to score a winner against Brighton on Saturday. PIC/GETTY IMAGES

Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty, awarded on a VAR review after the final whistle had blown, as Manchester United rode their luck to register their first Premier League points of the season with a thrilling 3-2 win at Brighton on Saturday. The Seagulls hit the woodwork five times and thought they had earned a deserved point when Solly March headed home to equalise in the 95th minute. However, Neal Maupay's handball was penalised by referee Chris Kavanagh after he had blown for full-time and Fernandes converted from the spot in the 100th minute.

Pre-season hopes that United could mount a title challenge to their biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City dissipated after a dire display in losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes and got more of the same for the first 45 minutes as Brighton controlled the game. Leandro Trossard hit both posts with shots from outside the box, while Adam Webster's looping header came back off the crossbar. It took United 33 minutes to muster a flowing move involving the front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood, who found the net but the goal was ruled out for offside against Rashford.

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First Published: 27 September, 2020 11:01 IST

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