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Manchester United Ease Past Brighton as Fernandes nets Twice



Manchester United pursuit of a Champions League place gathered further momentum with a  0-3 away Premiership demolition of Brighton & Hove.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side totally dominated the contest at the Amex Stadium and extended their unbeaten run to 15 games to move up to fifth in the Premier League, two points adrift of Chelsea.

Teenager Mason Greenwood took his tally to 13 for the campaign with a crisp finish from a quick footwork and drilled in an accurate opener for the visitors at the Amex Stadium.

Portuguese midfield playmaker Bruno Fernandes netted United’s second via a deflection, then volleyed in to finish a swift counter-attack.

Fernandes’ second goal – his side’s third – after  smashing in Greenwood’s chipped cross to complete a devastating counter-attack.

The Portuguese could have had a hat-trick but struck the foot of the post.

United had won only four of their 15 league away fixtures this season and had not taken all three points in the top-tier at Brighton since 1982 in the old First Division – but were domineering from the start.

United’s 49 points from 31 games was their lowest since 1990-91, so the heat was on them to finish this summer festival with a flourish.

Solskjaer’s men, unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions, have now kept eight clean sheets in 13 league games and are two points off a Champions League place.


The Old Trafford side won only one of their last seven games last season to finish sixth but can be confident in the run-in this term with games against strugglers Bournemouth, Aston Villa and West Ham coming up, and a chance to collect silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League too.

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