EPL: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer`s half-time fireworks power Man United to victory


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had to awaken Manchester United from their slumber because the Red Devils got here from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 on Sunday. Danny Welbeck headed the Seagulls in entrance in opposition to his former facet as Brighton dominated the first-half at Old Trafford. However, for the eighth time within the league this season, Solskjaer`s males got here from behind to shut the hole on Premier League leaders Manchester City to 14 factors thanks to second-half objectives from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. “We couldn`t find our rhythm. We needed half-time to compose ourselves,” mentioned Solskjaer. 
“Sometimes after the international break it takes time and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at half-time.” Only an almighty collapse from Manchester City will deny Pep Guardiola`s males a 3rd Premier League title in 4 years with the runaway leaders needing simply 11 factors from their remaining seven video games to develop into champions. But Solskjaer can match United`s finest league end since Alex Ferguson`s retirement in 2013 by claiming second place. Victory opens up a four-point cushion over third-placed Leicester, whereas United maintain a commanding 11-point lead over fifth-placed Tottenham and Liverpool to shut in on Champions League qualification subsequent season. “It doesn`t really matter what anyone else does, as long as we win and we get our points, we`re in second place,” added Solskjaer. 
“It`s a long way up (to City) but we want to consolidate second place.” Just like of their earlier assembly this season when United snatched a 3-2 win with a penalty awarded after the full-time whistle had been blown, Brighton had been left to rue what might need been. “I believe in the players and what we`re doing and our performances have been consistently good. It`s turning them into results that`s the challenge,” mentioned Brighton boss Graham Potter. Back-to-back victories prior to the worldwide break had eased their fears of relegation and Potter`s males began the extra assured facet. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was caught on his heels as Welbeck powered Neal Maupay`s cross in the direction of objective on 13 minutes and, after his preliminary effort was brilliantly saved by Dean Henderson, the previous England worldwide headed the rebound into an unguarded internet. Henderson was once more most well-liked to David de Gea in objective for United and repaid Solskjaer`s religion by tipping Lewis Dunk`s header onto the crossbar moments later. United had been a unique facet after the break as Bruno Fernandes took management of the sport. Robert Sanchez was fast off his line to smother the Portuguese`s first effort on the hour mark. 
Just a minute later, Fernandes was the architect for the equaliser as he teed up Rashford to roll his nineteenth objective of the season into the far nook with an correct end. Rather than construct on their momentum, although, Solskjaer`s facet had been fortunate to escape not falling behind as soon as extra. Welbeck turned a harmful low cross inches broad below stress from Harry Maguire, who escaped gifting away a penalty after a VAR evaluate. At the opposite finish, Sanchez nervously parried a Fernandes drive from distance and Greenwood ought to have performed higher with the rebound because the ball looped onto the roof of the online. The 19-year-old has had a irritating marketing campaign after bursting into the primary crew throughout Project Restart on the finish of final season. However, Greenwood confirmed the spectacular predatory intuition he possesses for such a younger striker by heading house Paul Pogba`s mishit volley eight minutes from time to full the comeback.
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