A dramatic injury-time penalty gave Manchester United victory at Brighton and their first three points of the season in a stunning game at Amex Stadium.
A match packed full of incident was settled with the very final kick as Bruno Fernandes coolly stroked in the winning penalty, spotted and awarded via a VAR check for Neal Maupay’s handball from a corner, all after on-field official Chris Kavanagh had blown to signal the end of the match.
Just moments before, Brighton thought they had sealed a point that would have been the least they deserved when Solly March headed in a cross from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
It was a fitting finale to a game that had seen Albion take the lead through a Maupay penalty before United clawed their way back into the ascendency thanks to a Lewis Dunk own goal and a superb solo effort from Marcus Rashford.
As if that wasn’t enough, the home side also struck the woodwork five times (with Leandro Trossard responsible for three of them), saw one awarded penalty overruled by VAR and another potential one waved away by Kavanagh.
On top of that, the visitors had two goals ruled out for offside.
But despite still being far from their best, it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who emerge with a first win of the Premier League campaign, helping quieten some of the criticism that followed their surprise opening-day loss to Crystal Palace.
More to follow.
Brighton & Hove Albion
- 3WhiteBooked at 74mins
- 5DunkBooked at 83mins
- 14LallanaSubstituted forGroßat 75′minutes
- 11TrossardBooked at 42mins
- 7ConnollySubstituted forJahanbakhshat 75′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 1de Gea
- 6PogbaSubstituted forFredat 65′minutes
- 31MaticBooked at 41mins
- 11GreenwoodSubstituted forBaillyat 83′minutes
- 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 22mins
- 9MartialSubstituted forvan de Beekat 90+1′minutes
- 34van de Beek
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Manchester United 3.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Manchester United 3.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Manchester United 3. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
VAR Decision: Penalty Manchester United.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Manchester United 2. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alireza Jahanbakhsh with a cross.
Offside, Manchester United. Fred tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Alzate.
Attempt missed. Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß.
Attempt blocked. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Substitution, Manchester United. Donny van de Beek replaces Anthony Martial.
Foul by Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.