Manchester United takes 5 balls on the post, draws at 49 and wins with VAR after the referee’s final whistle


Already pressured by the defeat at home in the debut, Manchester United won his first game in the 2020/21 Premier League. This Saturday, the Red Devils beat the Brighton 3-2 at Amex Stadium, Brighton, for the 3rd round of the competition. Dunk (against), Rashford and Bruno Fernandes scored the visitors’ goals, while Maupay and March scored for the hosts.

The triumph, however, had a helping hand of luck. That’s because the home team put no less than five balls on De Gea’s post, missing out on other great opportunities. The duo solved it all the time, with a great goal from Rashford leaving the same defender twice on the floor after a beautiful assistance by Bruno Fernandes, who also scored the winning goal with a penalty scored by VAR after the referee’s final whistle.

With the result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team scored their first three points on the table, as they lost 3-1 to the Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on its first appearance. Graham Potter’s team, on the other hand, continue with the same three points, but with one more match.

Now, Brighton and Manchester United will face each other again this Wednesday, still in the south of England, but for the English League Cup.

Brighton 2 x 3 Manchester United

GOALS: Dunk (against), Rashford and Bruno Fernandes (MUN); Maupay e March (BHA)

BRIGHTON: Ryan; White, Dunk and Webster; Lamptey, Lallana (Gross), Alzate and March; Trossard, Connolly (Jahanbakhsh) and Maupay.

Technical: Graham Potter

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire e Shaw; Matic, Pogba (Fred), Greenwood (Bailly), Bruno Fernandes e Rashford; Martial (Van de Beek).

Technical: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

  • Manchester United won the last 4 games against Brighton in the Premier League

  • Bruno Fernandes now has 9 goals and 8 assists in the last 16 Premier League games

  • Bruno Fernandes is the player with most goal appearances in league since his arrival

  • Brighton got it right 5 balls on the post do Manchester United

Maupay Cavadinha, United draw

Brighton is not like any less significant team in the Premier League. On the contrary: he does not cringe, he plays with the ball and trying to match his opponents.

This became clear as early as 9 minutes, when Trossard received the half-moon, turned and released his left-handed leg, hitting De Gea’s crossbar.

But the style of exchanging passes also carries risks. At 16, Lamptey went wrong near the area and Greenwood stole the ball, finishing with a left leg, with danger.

At 20, Brighton scared him again. Again at the half moon, Trossard crossed and hit De Gea’s other post.

The game was here and there. At 32, Martial made a good individual move through the center of the field and sent the ball to Rashford, who was offside, who left Greenwood in the goal. The young talent shook the nets, but the goal was canceled by the assistant.

At 38, Lamptey was thrown into the side of the box and Bruno Fernandes was late, knocking the right winger from behind: penalty. Maupay charged – with a little cavilla – and opened the scoring.

At 42, the tie came. Bruno Fernandes took a free kick on the second post and Matic appeared to prop the ball into the penalty area. Maguire, as a center forward, shared with Dunk and pushed into the goal.

Rashford resolve, and beam saves or Manchester

In the first minute of the second half, Connoly escaped on the left, invaded the area and collapsed when he felt Pogba’s presence behind him. The referee scored a penalty, but went back when instructed by VAR to review the move on the monitor that is on the edge of the field.

At 6 minutes, it was VAR’s turn to help the home owners. In advance, Rashford shook the nets and had his goal confirmed by the assistant, but canceled by the video referee.

At 9, there was no VAR to help. On the counterattack, Bruno Fernandes gave a beautiful shot to Rashford, who was heads up. He cut in, left the defender on the ground, waited, cut out again – with the defender crashing into the pitch again – and kicked with a deflection to turn the game around. Great goal!

At 15, another ball on the post – the fourth of the hosts. March received on the left side of the area, crossed it, hit the post and saw the ball walk over the line before leaving.

At 30, the fifth ball hit the post. Jahanbakhsh made a beautiful lift pass to Trossard, who placed his third finish on the post while filling the bomb in De Gea’s face, but missed the target by a few inches.

Draw at 49, winning goal after the final whistle

The deserved draw came in the 49th minute. After crossing in the area, March appeared on the second post without a mark and tested for the net, with no chance for De Gea.

Visitors even tried one last lunge. After a corner, Maguire headed and the ball deflected in Maupay’s arm. Without realizing the infraction, the referee whistled the end of the game. Even with the game over, the VAR quickly caught the attention of the judge, who went to the monitor to review the move. Penalty scored and charged by Bruno Fernandes, who closed the scoring in the last move of the duel: 3 to 2.


Brighton: 3 points from 3 matches (10th place)
Manchester United: 3 points from 2 matches (13th place)

Next matches

The teams will face each other again in the middle of next week, this time for the English League Cup.

*Brasilia time


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