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Manchester United 3-1 Brighton: United go seventh after comfortable win over Brighton


Davy Prouml;pper own goal

Manchester United have now benefited from 68 own goals in the Premier League

Manchester United moved up to their highest Premier League position in two months as they beat Brighton to go seventh.

Andreas Pereira’s first goal of the season set them on their way to a fifth win in six games.

After a long VAR check, Davy Propper’s own goal doubled United’s advantage before half-time, with Marcus Rashford responding almost immediately after Lewis Dunk had pulled a goal back for Brighton.

Rashford should have had another but inexplicably fired Daniel James’ cross wide of an open goal.

Brighton keeper Mat Ryan saved from James and Brazilian midfielder Fred, who was outstanding, before denying what would have been a memorable solo effort from Anthony Martial in the latter stages.

The result was United’s biggest home Premier League triumph since August and, after their 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, was also the first time they had scored six in two games since March.

The victory came at a cost, though, as midfielder Scott McTominay had to be carried down the tunnel on a stretcher after falling awkwardly.

It was a familiar story for Brighton, who have never won at Old Trafford and never looked like breaking that sequence once Pereira had struck.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Manchester United 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Scott McTominay went off injured after Manchester United had used all subs.

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo replaces Brandon Williams.

Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Marcus Rashford.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Martial following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Pascal Groß is caught offside.

Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott McTominay.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Rashford with a cross.

Attempt saved. Brandon Williams (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Andreas Pereira.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel James following a fast break.

Goal! Manchester United 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Goal! Manchester United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott McTominay.

Attempt saved. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Alzate with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel James following a fast break.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß replaces Leandro Trossard.

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

VAR Decision: No card change Brandon Williams (Manchester United).

Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Williams (Manchester United).