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Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Brighton

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Ratings in after a rough win

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Dean Henderson: 7/10

Tested early in a big start over David De Gea. Made a good first save on Welbeck’s eventual goal, but looked shaky dealing with corners. Held on late against some scary chances to see out a win in what may have been his first game as Manchester United’s no. 1.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6/10

Wan-Bissaka was overburdened with creative duties on the right, but otherwise was decent. Not much going Brighton’s way down his wing.

Victor Lindelof: 5/10

Not a great display from Lindelof. Let Welbeck in for Brighton’s opener, and struggled to establish control on set pieces.

Harry Maguire: 7/10

Should have dealt with set pieces better with Lindelof, but otherwise a typically strong performance from the captain. Good defensive positioning, contributed in possession, and got forward as they pushed for a winning goal.

Luke Shaw: 7/10

Not as dominant as he has been, but steady defensively and influential in attack in the second half. Contributed in the build up to the winning goal as well.

Fred: 6/10

Not great, but a better performance than what we’ve saw last time out. Limited his turnovers and gave decent support in possession.

Paul Pogba: 8/10

Like his teammates he didn’t start the game well, but established a strong presence in midfield as the game went on. Assisted Greenwood’s winner too with a mis-hit effort towards goal.

Bruno Fernandes: 8/10

Absent in the first half, crucial in the second. Had to grow into the game, but was a driving force alongside Pogba in clawing back from a miserable start to the match. Assisted the equalizing goal and set up Pogba’s assist on the winner.

Mason Greenwood: 7/10

Looked out of position as a RW, and tried unsuccessfully to make things happen, but moved central to play striker when Cavani was subbed off and scored immediately. Good finish from six yards out that put United ahead late.

Marcus Rashford: 8/10

Was sharp for much of the match, but looked out of sync with his teammates. Grew into the game and got a slick equalizer off of a nice offensive move. Unfortunately he also looked far from 100% coming back from injury, and headed straight to the dressing room after being subbed off.

Edinson Cavani: 3/10

Did almost nothing today. As soon as he was subbed off Greenwood moved to centre forward and scored.

Substitutes

Daniel James: 6/10

Came on for an injured Rashford, provided some nice energy to attack.

Donny Van De Beek: 6/10

Did well coming on for Cavani. Was in position to score if Greenwood wasn’t right in front of him.

Scott McTominay: N/A

Came on late.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 7/10

Dreadful start to the match from United, and invited pressure on Henderson in his first big start over De Gea. Organization on set pieces continues to be poor as well.

HOWEVER, United came out a totally different side in the second half. They kept their offensive shape well and found a way through despite not getting anything from their no. 9. Good subs helped get the lead and see out a win. Nice 3 points to get after the first half showing had us all convinced we were in for something dreadful.