Review and Ratings: Pogba and Rashford led Manchester United to nervy Brighton victory; seven wins in seven games..


Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. This is the seventh win in a row for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a new record for a United manager starting their career at the club. United had lost their last two matches against Brighton, making amends in this game. The game was nervy after Brighton got a goal back with United not looking their best.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring, albeit from the penalty spot after Gaetan Bong took him down in the penalty area. The Frenchman took the penalty, taking his stuttered run but not for as long, firing the ball into the back of the net, putting United 1-0 up in the 27th minute of the game. United took the game to Brighton with the Red Devils controlling the game. Marcus Rashford was the man of the moment once again, scoring the second goal of the game on his 150th appearance for his club – a stunning strike.

Brighton goat a goal back in the 72nd minute of the game through Pascal Gross against the run of play. The ball was lofted into the box and Gross, not the man the cross seemed to be aimed at, slotted the ball past David De Gea, taking the shine of this United performance. It was a tense end to the game for United meaning a third goal was needed to restore the two-goal cushion.

Solskjaer has changed the mentality of this United side in the last seven matches. There is more to improve upon but the momentum that has been built has been great in such a short period of time. United will be back in action again on Friday, this time in the Emirates FA Cup, facing Arsenal at the Emirates. Seven games, seven wins. Pogba has scored five goals, assisting four others and Rashford has scored five goals, assisting one more. It shows the belief, discipline and ability in this team.

Man of the Match: Marcus Rashford

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Marcus Rashford was the Man of the Match for me. He was everywhere in the game at certain stages. The growth of the 20-year-old has been magnificent. He has become the youngest ever player to score four consecutive goals for the club, which is a great achievement for him. Under Solskjaer, he’s scored five goals and claimed an assist in the last seven matches, which is great form from the youngster.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one had little chance to save the effort from Pascal Gross. It was a nervy finish for United but they held firm and stretched their run to a seven match winning run.


18 Ashley Young

Played in the wide areas and helped United on the attack. Also did his bit defensively. United obviously need to think about life after Young but for the moment, Young deserves to be in this team.


2 Victor Lindelof

Had another good game in a United shirt under Solskjaer. Could have got himself an assist after a lofted pass into Anthony Martial. He seems to be a player settled in Manchester and ready to embark on a new stage of his career.


4 Phil Jones

Solid at times but has an error in him at times. Glenn Murray could have got the better of him early doors but he overcame it and played to his strengths. It was worrying at the end of the game with Brighton back in the game.


20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Luke Shaw in the starting XI due to illness. Got an assist in Marcus Rashford's goal, which turned out to be the winner. He was cautious in the early stages of the game but grew into the game as the game grew on.


31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian was one of the key players in this game. His role in the opening goal was to play the cross-field pass to Paul Pogba, which the Frenchman won a penalty after being fouled in the box. The veteran midfielder was vigilant throughout the game and deserves the praise at this moment in time.


21 Ander Herrera

One of the players that needs to be praised for his performance. He was the guy connecting the midfield with the attack, something which had gone a miss under Jose Mourinho, for most of his period in charge of the club. The Spanish midfielder is a player who loves the club and will do all he can to keep them winning.


14 Jesse Lingard

The England international has gone from criticism to being one of the best players in this squad. He's one of the players who needs to start regularly. His passing, vision, awareness and ability is often shown. He helped the other attacking players do what they needed to do. Also could have had himself a goal.


6 Paul Pogba

Scored his fifth goal under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after winning a penalty in the 27th minute. Five goals and four assists in the same period. The Frenchman has stood up and made himself counted. It is a shame he could not do this under Jose Mourinho. He would be more widely respected by all. As long as he keeps playing like this, he is on the right road to stardom.


9 Anthony Martial

It was an overall quiet display from the Frenchman but there were periods of excitement. He could have scored a sublime goal. He could be under more pressure for a starting place now that Alexis Sanchez is fit and raring to go. It should bring out the best of both players but we have been here before.


10 Marcus Rashford

MOTM. Scored a fine goal which turned into United's winner. Over the past few months, Rashford has grown in stature. Under Solskjaer, he's undroppable. Romelu Lukaku might have a lot more work to do in order to be the main striker again. Rashford is a star on the rise.



8 Juan Mata

Replaced Lingard 75'. There was little impact from the Spanish midfielder. He offers a lot to this squad but in terms of producing, nothing was on the cards today, even when it looked like United needed to get another goal to remain safe.


Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Martial 83'. The Belgian did a lot of running. Sadly, that was all he seemed to do. I don't know what is going on with him but if he does not start putting in the performances he is capable of, his time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end. He needs chances under Solskjaer though and they will come.


Matteo Darmian

Replaced Rashford 90+3'. Came on at the death after Rashford was booked. Did what he needed to do in the short time he was on the pitch.


Goals: Paul Pogba (p) 27′, Marcus Rashford 42′; Pascal Gross 72′

Assists: Diogo Dalot 42′; Davy Propper 72′

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Young; Matic, Herrera; Lingard (Mata 75′), Pogba, Martial (Lukaku 83′); Rashford (Darmian 90+3′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Pereira; Sanchez

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 90+3′

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