Manchester United came out victorious against Brighton in the Premier League encounter. United’s manager fired shots by poking fun at Spurs manager Jose Mourinho regarding his complaint about the goal height and width. The Portuguese manager made a statement on the height and width of goals in the Europa League match away to Macedonian side Shkendija on Thursday.
Jose felt that the size of the goals was reduced and even posted a picture of him nearly touch the crossbar ahead of kick-off in his personal Instagram account. Solskjaer made a joke out of this and said, it was good that Jose was not on their side. Brighton had more shots in the game than Manchester United. It was an interesting and thrilling game with a twist at the tail.
However, Brighton had everything under their control until Bruno Fernandes’ goal. The Seagulls were dominating over the number of shots and possession as well. Brighton got the much-needed lead just before the long whistle of the first half. Adam Lallana started the game for the Seagulls, while Alireza was in the bench. Manchester United played with De Gea at goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Spanish goalkeeper didn’t have a good start yet again. Brighton attackers kept testing De Gea from the start. Neal Maupay took his side to lead the game 1-0 with his calm finish from the spot. De Gea couldn’t stop the penalty kick to keep the game at 0-0. Just, when Manchester United fans thought they’re out of the game, Dunk kept them in. Yes, Dunk’s mistake in his own box helped United to equalize the score.
Late winner from Bruno
As a result, the first half ended with a scoreline of 1-1 at Amex Stadium. Both sides entered the second half with no changes made from their initial lineup. Marcus Rashford utilized the opportunity to take the lead at the 55th minute of the game. The scoreline read 1-2 in favor of Manchester United and the attack was coming from the Seagulls.
Leandro Trossard kept shooting looking for an equalizer against David De Gea. Both sides made a lot of substitutions between the game in the second half. The game went to injury-time with the same scoreline. Brighton and Graham Potter were eager to score a goal. Solly March did it for Brighton just when needed at the 94th minute of the game.
The scoreboard showed 2-2, with both clubs shooting with sheer power on both sides of goals. Brighton shots were especially hitting the woodwork. Neal Maupay was adjudged to have handled the ball in the Brighton 18-yard area following consultation with VAR. Bruno Fernandes calmly slotted the ball into the net past, Mathew Ryan.
Bruno Fernandes continues his record of scoring goals from the spot for United. His success rate at penalties has been brilliant amidst trolls on his goals from the spot. Bruno was signed this year back in January from Portugal. The lad is having a good partnership in the middle with Paul Pogba and Van de Beek.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s joke on Mourinho
After a close win against Brighton, Ole joked about Mourinho that if he was at the game he may have checked the size of the goals in case they were incorrect. He said that, “You have to be happy Jose is not here to measure the goal posts,” Solskjaer to BT Sport.
While asked about the close contest, he replied, “We got away with one. Maybe one point we deserved, we didn’t deserve more. But the character deserved more. Last season we had too many draws, so that is a big plus for us.”
He added that, “They are a difficult team to play against. We don’t have the legs and sharpness but we will get there. We have plenty of work ahead.”
Jose’s reply to Solskjaer
Jose Mourinho fired back at his rival Ole for his joke about him. He was available in the pre-match interview of Spurs vs Newcastle United clash. Portuguese took a dig at Ole for the high volume of penalties awarded to Manchester United. United’s game against Brighton was also decided with the penalty from Bruno Fernandes.
“I know the goalposts are fine,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I think Ole yesterday was so happy and surprised with what happened to his team that he had a joke, but I understand that for him the dimensions of the goalpost are not important.“
“For him, what is important is the dimensions of the 18-yard box. He would never accept to play with a 17-yard box I think he would prefer a 22-yard box. For him would be better.“