Manchester United recover to beat Brighton 2-1, edge closer to a top-four finish in Premier League

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Manchester United registered a 2-1 win over Brighton that strengthened the team's grip on second place in the Premier League on Sunday.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjae hails improving Mason Greenwood. (Reuters Photo)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjae hails improving Mason Greenwood. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Manchester United edged closer to a top-four finish in the Premier League
  • Manchester United recover to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1
  • United consolidated 2nd place and is four points ahead of 3rd-place Leicester

Mason Greenwood helped Manchester United register a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion to edge closer to a top-four finish in the Premier League on Sunday.

United academy graduate Danny Welbeck had headed Brighton into a 13th-minute lead before Marcus Rashford equalised in the 62nd minute and Greenwood popped up on the edge of the six-yard box to complete the Old Trafford side's comeback in the 83rd.

It left second-placed United on 60 points, 14 behind runaway leaders Manchester City but crucially 11 ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Ham United.

Dean Henderson was chosen ahead of David De Gea in goal for United and did well to repel a point-blank header from Welbeck, only for the striker to direct home the rebound in the 13th minute.

"It's always difficult to play Brighton," Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the BBC.

"We have had good results and we've had to earn them the hard way. We managed to find a way in the second half.

"We had to come in at halftime and compose ourselves as we didn't create much after they scored."

"I've got two great keepers, two numbers ones. David de Gea spent a while back home and then he had internationals so he hadn't played for about a month. He'll definitely play football for us again."

Brighton's penalty appeals fell on deaf ears after Harry Maguire appeared to pull back Welbeck close to the goal, before Greenwood’s diving header from Paul Pogba's mis-hit shot completed the recovery in the 83rd.

Solskjaer revealed in his pre-match interviews that United could be without Anthony Martial for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.