Brighton 2-3 Man Utd: Player Ratings as Bruno Fernandes Nets 100th Minute Winner From Penalty Spot

Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek
Man Utd secured a dramatic win | Pool/Getty Images

Manchester United picked up their first win of the season as they overcame Brighton 3-2 in a simply epic encounter at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday, with Bruno Fernandes netting a 100th minute winner from the penalty spot.

The hosts started the contest brightly, with Leandro Trossard hitting both posts inside the opening 20 minutes. But the Red Devils thought they had taken the lead just after the half hour mark, only for Mason Greenwood's strike to be ruled out for an offside in the build up.

Brighton took the lead five minutes before the break through Neal Maupay from the penalty spot after Bruno Fernandes brought down Tariq Lamptey, before the away side equalised prior to the interval through a Lewis Dunk own goal.

United made a better start to the second half and Marcus Rashford gave his side the lead with a stunning solo effort, composing himself before slotting home ten minutes into the second half. The Seagulls almost hit back not long later through Solly March, but his effort hit the inside of the post.

However, the hosts did pick up a deserved equaliser late in stoppage time as March headed home at the back post. The drama had seemingly ended there...until United were awarded a penalty in the 100th minute of the game - which Fernandes converted to seal the three points in epic fashion.

Let's get into some player ratings, shall we?


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Mason Greenwood, Adam Webster
Webster enjoyed a solid afternoon | Pool/Getty Images

Matt Ryan (GK) - 6/10 - Was barely forced into making any saves, even though he had to pick the ball out of his net three times.

Ben White (CB) - 6/10 - Solid defensive display at the back from White and composed on the ball, but was caught out by Rashford's skill for United's second goal.

Lewis Dunk (CB) - 4/10 - A tough afternoon for Dunk as he got the final touch for United's first goal.

Adam Webster (CB) - 7/10 - A real threat from set pieces all afternoon, but failed to trouble De Gea with a header. Was strong defensively and kept Greenwood quiet for large parts.

2. Midfielders

Solly March, Steven Alzate
March was excellent at wing-back | Pool/Getty Images

Tariq Lamptey (RWB) - 7/10 - As bright as ever, getting forward to support attacks and also working hard to close down his opponents when out of possession. Won the penalty for the opener as well. A real talent.

Adam Lallana (CM) - 7/10 - Controlled play in the middle of the park, linking up well with those ahead of him. Also worked hard without the ball to stop the threat of the likes of Pogba and Fernandes.

Steven Alzate (CM) - 6/10 - Wasn't exactly a 'stunning' performance from Alzate, but he was composed in the centre of the park alongside Lallana.

Solly March (LWB) - 7/10 - March thought he had won it...we thought he had won it...but it wasn't to be. He constantly looked to push Wan-Bissaka back, sprinting up and down the pitch to provide an outlet down the left. A very bright performance.

3. Forwards

Victor Lindelof, Leandro Trossard
Trossard was a constant threat | Pool/Getty Images

Leandro Trossard (FW) - 8/10 - Quietly enjoying a very impressive start to the season, and his form continued on Saturday. Most attacks went through him and can consider himself very unfortunate not to have got his name on the scoresheet after hitting the post three times.

Neal Maupay (FW) - 7/10 - He may not be the most elegant striker around, but Maupay is a real threat. Grabbed himself a goal with a ridiculously cheeky penalty and was a real nuisance all afternoon.

Aaron Connolly (FW) - 7/10 - Like Maupay, Connolly constantly looked to press the United defence, forcing them to kick the ball long. Popped up all over the pitch, picking up clever pockets of space.

4. Substitutes

Graham Potter
Potter can be very pleased with his side's display | Pool/Getty Images

Alireza Jahanbakhsh - 5/10

Pascal Gross - 5/10

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5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Harry Maguire
Maguire was involved in the first goal for United | Pool/Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) - 6/10 - Kept his place in the side despite Dean Henderson's bright display in the Carabao Cup, and was assured in his work. Made a few crucial stops.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - 5/10 - Wasn't sure whether to go wide to track March or come in-field to support his centre-backs. A challenging day for the young right-back.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 4/10 - Another tough afternoon for Lindelof, who put in a performance that will raise yet more questions. Was harried and forced into mistakes by the Brighton forward line.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 5/10 - A tough afternoon's work for the United captain, facing off against a tireless Brighton team. Popped up at the right moment to force Dunk into tapping the ball into his own net for the equaliser though.

Luke Shaw (LB) - 4/10 - Struggled to deal with the pace and direct running of Lamptey, Shaw was never given a second's rest. Needed more support from those around him.

6. Midfielders

Steven Alzate, Paul Pogba
Pogba struggled to really get involved | Pool/Getty Images

Nemanja Matic (CDM) - 7/10 - Another composed and assured display at the base of the Red Devils' midfield, Matic was constantly sniffing out danger and looking to cover his defenders.

Paul Pogba (CM) - 4/10 - Still trying to regain full match sharpness, Pogba didn't really influence the game as much as he would have liked. Was taken off after 65 minutes and replaced by Fred.

Bruno Fernandes (CAM) - 7/10 - The the 100th minute! Gave away the penalty for the opener while trying to track back, but was the main source of creativity for United. Was at the heart of all three goals.

7. Forwards

Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood
Rashford scored a stunning goal | Pool/Getty Images

Mason Greenwood (RW) - 5/10 - Quiet afternoon for Greenwood, but looked typically threatening when on the ball. Saw a first half strike ruled out for offside.

Anthony Martial (ST) - 5/10 - Like Greenwood, Martial struggled to really get involved as the Red Devils were pushed back throughout the afternoon. But linked play expertly when given the chance and worked hard throughout.

Marcus Rashford (LW) - 6/10 - Rashford's goal was the latest reminder of just how his game his developed and improved. Waiting for the right moment, he refused to panic before unleashing his effort. Aside from the goal, he worked hard defensively to support Shaw.

8. Substitutes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick
Solskjaer will be delighted with the win | Pool/Getty Images

Fred - 6/10

Eric Bailly - 6/10

Donny van de Beek - N/A