Manchester United produced one of the club’s best performances of the season with an away win over Brighton.
There were a number of standout performers. We tried to whittle it down to three…
It was great to see young Mason Greenwood step up and break the deadlock, scoring after just 16 minutes.
He has come close but not quite close enough since football restarted. Last night he joined the party.
When Greenwood runs at defenders they don’t know which way he is going to go. His ability to score with either foot makes him so unpredictable.
This was his 13th goal of the season and his sixth in the Premier League. Greenwood has a long career ahead of him and there is so much to come that it is scary how good he can be, if he is doing this at just 18.
Just as impressive was his assist for Bruno Fernandes’ second goal. He delivered an inch perfect cross with the outside of his boot for the Portuguse star to expertly volley into the net. Outstanding.
Hands up, we thought it may be smart for United to give Fernandes a rest in this one after his exertions against Norwich.
United probably would have won without him, but fortunately Ole Gunnar Solskjaer benefited from seeing him first hand and could tell he was fresh enough to start.
This was Fernandes’ first brace for United, and he now has six goals for the club since he signed.
He got his rest in the second half anyway, with United 3-0 up, he was substituted. Job done.
It says a lot about Fernandes that as soon as he went off, United’s intensity dropped.
Picked out on Sky by Patrice Evra as his man-of-the-match, Matic was a class act in central midfield.
He had 99 touches as he helped United dominate Brighton, and like Greenwood and Fernandes, he had a huge part in United’s third goal.
The way he controlled Harry Maguire’s header on his chest before volleying the ball upfield was outstanding, and set United on their way to a devastating counter attack.
He is playing like a man on a mission right now, and another big performance at home to Bournemouth this weekend awaits if he is selected.
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