Manchester United made it seven wins from seven games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Saturday afternoon as they brushed off a spirited Brighton to win 2-1 at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were given the opportunity to take the lead halfway through the first half by referee Paul Tierney, after he adjudged Gaetan Bong's barge on United's number six Paul Pogba worthy of a spot kick.
Pogba's splendid first touch from a long ball caught the Cameroonian full back on the back foot, leading to the Brighton defender bringing the United man crashing to the turf. The Frenchman cooly converted the spot kick.
The Seagulls responded positively to falling behind, with veteran striker Glenn Murray lacking the composure to finish off two good opportunities to potentially level the scoreline before United doubled their lead just before half time through Marcus Rashford.
The 21-year-old found an angle for a shot after a terrific piece of skill on the left hand side of the area before curling a powerful effort across David Button and into the top corner.
Brighton pulled one back against the run of play just after the 70 minute mark when a terrific outside of the boot cross from Davy Propper found the feet of German Pascal Gross, whose poked effort with his right boot found the net courtesy of the underside of the bar.
Despite some late pressure from the Seagulls, United managed to hold on to secure Solskjaer's perfect start to his United reign.
Here is our breakdown of this one.
Key Talking Point
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job interview for the permanent job in the Old Trafford dugout is still without a hitch after this latest win.
The Norwegian's brilliant start at Old Trafford has now put the Red Devils in touching distance of the top four, something which looked impossible when Jose Mourinho departed the club.
Not the prettiest display from Manchester United but a very important three points. Keeps the pressure on the top four rivals. Seven wins from seven for Solskjær. Happy days!— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 19, 2019
Starting XI: De Gea (7), Young (6), Jones (6), Lindelof (6), Dalot (6); Herrera (7), Matic (7), Pogba (8); Lingard (7), Rashford (9) Martial (8).
Substitutes: Mata (6), Lukaku (6).
STAR MAN - Marcus Rashford's
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Key Talking Point
Chris Hughton will be happy with his side's fighting spirit and how dangerous they looked on the counter attack during periods of the first half.
He will be disappointed however with the penalty as his side were looking threatening in the minutes beforehand.
Starting XI: Button (6); Montoya (5), Dunk (5), Duffy (6), Bong (4); March (6), Gross (6), Stephens (6), Propper (7), Locadia (6); Murray (6).
Substitutes: Andone (5), Knockaert (5) Kayal (5).
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WORST PLAYER - Gaetan Bong s
Both clubs will resume their respective FA Cup campaigns next weekend, with
Brighton on the other hand, will play at home to Championship side West Brom at the Amex Stadium, hoping to progress to the fifth round and avoid an upset against Darren Moore's promotion chasing Baggies.