There was a familiar face breaking the deadlock when Manchester United hosted Brighton, with Danny Welbeck opening the scoring.

The way Manchester United’s season has been going, it actually was not a surprise to see Danny Welbeck score first on Saturday.

The former Red Devils’ academy prospect scored his first goal in four matches this season to set Brighton on the way to a 3-1 victory, with Hannibal Mejbri netting a consolation for the hosts.

This was a fourth successive Premier League loss to Brighton, with United’s FA Cup semi-final victory on penalties small consolation in between, going on to lose the final.

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Danny Welbeck reacts to scoring against Manchester United

Danny Welbeck, 32, was delighted to get on the scoresheet against the club where he began his career, and still holds many special memories.

Speaking to Brighton’s My Albion TV after the game, he commented that he had to put his emotions to one side.

Welbeck said: “I’ve seen a few in the stands – United fans, friends and family but I’m here to be professional, do my job and I did that today. Got three points and that’s the most important thing.”

He also made reference to returning to Old Trafford with a comment on Instagram, writing: “Big 3 points and a goal in the hometown 👊🏿”.

How many times Danny Welbeck has scored against Manchester United

Danny Welbeck was sold by Manchester United to Arsenal on transfer deadline day in 2014 by manager Louis van Gaal, who bought in Radamel Falcao on loan instead.

Welbeck has since scored against Manchester United with both Arsenal and Brighton.

He has played against United 14 times, winning six, losing eight, and never drawing.

He has scored five times, three for Arsenal, two with Brighton, with this his first against United since the 20/21 season.

Welbeck also played against United with Watford but did not score.

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