Manchester United lost 1-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Amex Stadium, thanks to an Alexis Mac Allister penalty kick. Luke Shaw is likely to be frustrated after conceding a spot kick in the final kick of the match. Both teams started well, as they both created numerous chances from the kickoff. The Seagulls deserved to win, given that they dominated match statistics.
Brighton’s European Dream is still very much alive. Roberto De Zerbi’s team has taken a big step in qualifying for Europe. United’s loss won’t affect their Champions League hopes, as they already have enough points. The pain of the points lost tonight will soon subside. In the first half the teams were pretty evenly matched, but Brighton came out on top in the second.
Man United’s defeat leaves them in fourth place and four points ahead of Liverpool, who could challenge them for the Champions League spot. It is their third successive loss in the Premier League against the same opponent. The next match is against West Ham and they don’t want to blow their chances at maintaining a position in the top four with Liverpool marching.
Fans react to Mac Allister’s late penalty that sealed the win
Brighton won their revenge for losing to the Red Devils on penalties in the FA Cup semi-finals. The best highlights were the battle between Kaoru Mitoma and Aaaron Was Bissaka, as both players excelled on offense and defense. Marcus Rashford and Antony both had golden opportunities to level the scoreline and seal victory.
They are still very serious about their European ambitions. Their current win has moved them up to sixth place, making them eligible to qualify for Europa League. Brighton faces relegation-threatened Everton on Thursday and will hope to keep up the momentum. The Red Devils hope that their latest loss will not affect the team’s morale.