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Manchester United 2-1 Brighton: Player ratings from yet another Red Devils comeback

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Apr 4, 2021, 9:40 PM GMT+1
Greenwood grabbed a late winner for his side
Greenwood grabbed a late winner for his side | PHIL NOBLE/Getty Images
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Second half goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood earned Manchester United a 2-1 comeback win over Brighton at Old Trafford.

The visitors took a surprise lead inside 13 minutes when Neal Maupay's cross was met by former United striker Danny Welbeck, who took full advantage of a fortunate deflection to tap home.

United failed to muster a response before the break, lacking cutting edge in the final third despite enjoying plenty of possession, but they improved in the second half and drew level when a misplaced Joel Veltman pass allowed Bruno Fernandes to slide Rashford in for the equaliser.

Seven minutes from time, United found a winner when Paul Pogba's scuffed volley was headed home by Greenwood for just his second Premier League goal of the season.

Here are your player ratings for both teams from Old Trafford...

Manchester United player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jakub Moder
Wan-Bissaka was caught out for Brighton's opener | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Dean Henderson (GK) - 6/10 - Not called into action too regularly but was solid enough. Unlucky for the goal.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - 6/10 - Lost Welbeck for Brighton's opener. Was fairly good in the final third, creating two scoring opportunities.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 6/10 - Missed a header which allowed Welbeck in for the opener. Fine other than that.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 7/10 - Did well to put Welbeck off a certain goal in the second half. Excellent in the air.

Luke Shaw (LB) - 6/10 - Too many hit and hope crosses from deep. One of his least effective displays in some time.

2. Midfielders

Robert Sanchez, Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes set up Rashford to make it 1-1 | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Fred (CM) - 7/10 - His long passing was always accurate. Broke the play up effectively and nearly scored with a deflected effort.

Paul Pogba (CM) - 7/10 -
Was too casual in possession early on but did improve as things progressed. Got through an impressive amount of defensive work and then got the luckiest assist of all time.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - 7/10 -
Uncharacteristically loose passing in the first half. Improved after the break, sliding Rashford in for the goal.

3. Forwards

Edinson Cavani
Cavani started with Anthony Martial injured | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Mason Greenwood (RW) - 8/10 - Came close to scoring in the second half when his fierce effort struck the post. Was always busy trying to create something and got his reward seven minutes from time.

Edinson Cavani (ST) - 5/10 - Worked hard but was guilty of some sloppy passing. Quite withdrawn as well.

Marcus Rashford (LW) - 7/10 - Took his goal extremely well, a real poacher's finish. Substituted with 20 minutes left after a hefty challenge.

4. Substitutes

Daniel James - 5/10 - Was involved fairly regularly after coming on. His enthusiasm resulted in some rash challenges, though.

Donny van de Beek - 6/10 - A short and forgettable cameo.

Scott McTominay - N/A

Brighton player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Danny Welbeck, Lewis Dunk
Dunk was solid | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Robert Sanchez (GK) - 5/10 - Nothing to do in the first half. Was busier after the break but could not have done much to save either goal.

Ben White (CB) - 5/10 -
Shown a needless yellow card in the second half for holding onto the ball. Then fluffed a goal line clearance for United's winner.

Lewis Dunk (CB) - 6/10 -
A pillar of solidity in the heart of the Seagulls' defence. Led the game with six clearances and dominated aerially.

Joel Veltman (CB) - 5/10 -
Gave the ball away carelessly in the build up to United's equaliser. Somehow got away without a yellow card for a comically late challenge on Bruno Fernandes.

6. Midfielders

Adam Lallana, Bruno Fernandes
Lallana was full of energy | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Pascal Gross (RM) - 6/10 - Whipped in a lot of deep crosses, though not many were all that accurate.

Adam Lallana (CM) - 6/10-
A busy display in the middle. Did not get too many chances in advanced areas.

Yves BIssouma (CM) - 7/10 -
Shook off an early injury scare to play well. Was typically destructive, racking up plenty of interceptions and using the ball well in possession.

Jakub Moder (LM) - 6/10 -
Went close to doubling Brighton's lead on the stroke of half time. Could not tell it was only his fourth Premier League appearance of the season.

Leandro Trossard (AM) - 6/10 - Did not see a huge amount of the ball before being replaced on the hour mark. Perhaps a little jaded following his international excursions.

7. Forwards

Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross, Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard
Welbeck enjoyed his goal | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Neal Maupay (ST) - 7/10 - Selfless as he ran the channels like a mad man and created Welbeck's goal with a fine cross. Faded as things progressed.

Danny Welbeck (ST) - 7/10 -
Came back to haunt his boyhood club. Deserved credit for his clever movement that created the goal. Should have had a second, though.

8. Substitutes

Alexis Mac Allister, Fred
None of Brighton's substitutes had much of an impact | Pool/Getty Images

Alexis Mac Allister - 5/10 - A marginal figure after coming on in the second half.

Steven Alzate - 5/10 - As above.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh - N/A

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