Brighton defeated Manchester United 4-0 at the Amex Stadium, with Moises Caicedo and Marc Cucurella scoring their first Premier League goals.
United’s loss is their 11th in the Premier League this season, and they will finish with the fewest points since the First Division was renamed. In the 15th minute, Caicedo gave Brighton the lead. He fired a 25-yard low drive that went through Victor Lindelof’s knees before beating David de Gea.
After falling behind, the Red Devils seemed to come alive. However, after an early surge, Brighton took control and dominated the remainder of the game.
The home team dominated in and around the United box, with Ralf Rangnick’s men unable to advance up the field on a regular basis.
When Danny Welbeck pounced on a long ball, Brighton might have doubled their lead. Welbeck was able to chip his old teammate after Raphael Varane and David de Gea failed to clear. However, the striker’s attempt was only sent over the crossbar.
Rangnick, apparently dissatisfied with his team’s performance in the first half, made two substitutions at halftime. Nemanja Matic and Anthony Elanga were replaced by Fred and Edinson Cavani.
Despite these adjustments, Manchester United’s woes remained as Brighton moved up 2-0 in the 49th minute.
After Alexis Mac Allister flashed a ball across goal, Leandro Trossard did brilliantly to keep the Seagulls’ opportunity alive. Trossard crossed for Cucurella, who made no mistake with his strike, shooting into the top of the goal to leave de Gea no chance.
Soon after, Juan Mata got United’s first shot on goal. Brighton captain Lewis Dunk headed Diogo Dalot’s cross away, and Mata met the rebound on the volley. However, he could only direct it into Sanchez’s clutches.
Brighton ran straight up the other end and scored, compounding United’s bad luck. With three easy passes, Cucurella, Trossard, and Gross breached the United defense. Gross was able to easily run around Raphael Varane before sliding into the far corner as a result.
By the 60th minute, Graham Potter’s team had scored a fourth goal. A superb ball put Welbeck through on goal, and he chipped over de Gea to leave the United goalkeeper stunned.
Brighton put Man Utd to the sword
Trossard followed the shot up and, despite Dalot’s best attempts, managed to bundle across the line.
Cavani then forced a nice save from the opposing goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez.
Brighton kept threatening the United goal, catching the visitors on the break with 65 minutes remaining. Mac Allister and Gross combined nicely, but they were denied a goal by a last-ditch Dalot tackle.
Rangnick sent on Harry Maguire to replace Mata five minutes later.
Maguire aided United’s danger from set-pieces, and they soon got the ball in the back of the goal via Cavani. However, the Uruguayan’s close-range finish was disallowed owing to offside.
Brighton won handily to move up to the ninth position with 47 points from 36 games. Meanwhile, United is still in sixth place and might be overtaken by West Ham.