Bruno Fernandes highlights string of Man Utd failings in narrow Brighton escape

Bruno Fernandes scored a last ditch winner for Man Utd at Brighton (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes admits that there were numerous things wrong with the Manchester United performance on Saturday afternoon, despite pinching a 3-2 victory at the death against Brighton.

The Red Devils were nowhere near their best, but scrambled over the line thanks to Fernandes scoring a penalty with the last kick of the game.

Brighton had gone ahead through a Neal Maupay penalty, which Fernandes gave away, before United took the lead thanks to a Lewis Dunk own goal and superb Marcus Rashford strike.

Solly March appeared to have rescued a point for the Seagulls with a 95th minute equaliser, especially as the referee blew the final whistle with the score at 2-2.

However, VAR revealed a handball by Maupay just before the whistle, so a penalty was given and Fernandes secured the three points.

The Portuguese was far from happy with his team’s performance, though, listing a string of reasons for a sub-par display.

‘In the first half we left so much space for them to play,’ Fernandes told BT Sport. ‘We were not as aggressive as I wanted, we gave away two goals.

Fernandes grabbed another goal and assist on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The penalty I can do much better, the second goal we need to do much better also, we do some mistakes.

‘But big teams need to be like that, believe until the end.

‘We were not as aggressive as we want, we need to recover more balls, we need to press better, we need to lose less balls.’

Brighton will count themselves extremely unlucky, having struck the woodwork five times during the match, but Fernandes was unfazed by that and did find some positives in the performance of the United defence and goalkeeper.

‘They have a lot of chances, true, everybody can say they deserve more or not, I don’t know, but the point is to score goals, not to hit the cross bar or the post,’ he said.

‘Sometimes you have to have some luck, sometimes you have to have defenders defending well and the keeper also, David did very well today and all the defence.

‘In the goals we can do much better and we will work on that.’

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