The Seagulls have beaten the Red Devils 1-0 in the Premier League thanks to a goal from the penalty spot in the 99th minute from Alexis Mac Allister during Brighton vs Man United at the Amex Stadium.
There can be no telling how costly one decision, and one reach of the arm, can be over the course of a 38-game Premier League season. Luke Shaw, the Manchester United defender, can only hope that his arm, and his subsequent handball, does not define the rest of this campaign for his team, or indeed cost them a place in the top four.
Shaw’s wild decision, in the final minutes of a gripping encounter on the south coast, turned one point for United into zero points. With 98 minutes on the clock, Alexis Mac Allister won this match for Brighton from the penalty spot and allowed the Amex Stadium to dream of what might yet be possible this season.
Another victory for Brighton over United, and for the visitors this one must have felt just as gruelling as the heavy defeats here in previous seasons. Erik ten Hag stood at the end with his hands in his pockets, unsure of what to do or say, as his players scratched their heads and wondered how they had failed to hold on.
Liverpool are looming in the race for the top four and, although United have an advantage, they must now look over their shoulders. Brighton, meanwhile, continue to soar upwards in search of European football. Roberto De Zerbi’s side are a brave, determined and inventive team, and they were fully deserving of their victory.
Brighton vs Man United: Match Summary
Brighton earned some redemption after their FA Cup semi-final defeat by beating Manchester United in the Premier League to keep their hopes of securing Europa League football alive.
As expected the first half was an even contest with both teams creating good chances. Antony pulled one wide of the post inside three minutes before Kaoru Mitoma blasted a shot straight at David De Gea. Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Julio Enciso all missed chances and the sides went into the break on level terms.
Brighton came out as the more aggressive side in the second half of Brighton vs Man United. They dominated possession and pinned United inside their own half but couldn’t find a way through the resolute defence as David De Gea proved his quality once again. However, there was late drama on the cards.
Luke Shaw handled the ball in the final minute to gift Brighton a penalty and Alexis Mac Allister remained calm before despatching it to earn his team all three points.