Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
4 May 2018
Game week
37
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0

Goals

P. Groß (G) 57'
1 - 0

Commentary

Minute   Description
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Incredible scenes at the Amex Stadium as fans storm the pitch to celebrate with the Brighton players! Pascal Gross has secured Premier League football for the Seagulls next season as his strike secures a famous victory in their final home match of the season, which ensures they will finish above the bottom three!
90'+4 FULL-TIME: BRIGHTON 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED.
90'+3 Brighton run more precious time off the clock as Ulloa comes off for Murray, who takes his sweet time getting off the pitch.
90'+2 It just doesn't look to be United's night. In their final home match of the season, Brighton have put in a flawless showing and are on the verge of securing the three points they very much deserve.
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added on at the end of this match. Still work for Brighton to do...
88' A second change for the hosts sees Izquierdo give way for March.
86' MASSIVE CHANCE! Oh my, how has he missed that?! A terrific one-two between Rashford and Lingard as the former tees up the latter brilliantly with a back-heel. Lingard sprints through to meet it with the goal beckoning, but he scuffs his effort wide! He has to at least be working Ryan from there!
84' Brighton make their first change of the night at long last, with Kayal coming on to provide a bit more defensive stability, as he replaces Gross.
82' United are growing a bit desperate to try and find a way through. They're turning to playing balls over the top in the hopes of utilising the pace of their full-backs, but the quality of the deliveries has left plenty to be desired.
80' Brighton continue to see this out with consummate professionalism. They're looking assured in defence, and have done brilliantly to keep their shape when United push forward. These supporters are in full voice as they try and help their side through to the finish line.
78' The visitors are certainly working harder in attack as they look for an equaliser, but they've been unable to find a way through this stingy Brighton defence. So far the entirety of their chances have come from efforts from beyond 20 yards - a testament to how the hosts have defended tonight.
76' United's final change of the night sees McTominay come on for Rojo.
72' OUTSTANDING STOP! That's a delicious hit from Rashford who gets all of the ball from 25 yards, but Ryan does brilliantly to dive across and parry at full-stretch! The Brighton keeper had to react instantly to ensure he got across to that effort, and did just that!
70' Into the final 20 minutes now and the match remains wonderfully poised. Brighton have put in an excellent showing tonight and they're inching closer to seeing out this terrific result, but United are starting to show some more urgency as they chase an equaliser.
68' Lingard also comes on for the visitors, at the expense of Fellaini.
United make the first change of the night as Shaw comes on to replace Darmian.
67' Gross picks up a yellow card to go with his goal.
63' Brighton are asking all the questions here. They're full of life, pressing for a second. Knockaert has proven a real thorn in the side of Young and Pogba, providing the United defence with quite the handful.
61' That opener has really seen the momentum shift here, as Brighton are playing with a renewed energy. United had looked the likelier side to find the breakthrough following the restart, but they've been dealt a setback and have not responded well to the bit of adversity.
59' That's a massive goal for the Seagulls! They'll likely only need another point to feel comfortable about their chances of survival, but three would guarantee them a spot in the Premier League for the 2018/19 season! That's got the fans jumping about in the stands!
57' BRIGHTON HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGH! Another season in the Premier League beckons for Brighton as Gross heads them into the lead! The midfielder met a perfectly looped in cross from Izquierdo and his header initially appeared to be cleared off the line by Rojo, but a consultation with VAR shows that it JUST crossed the line!
53' Brighton pounce on a giveaway in midfield and immediately look to break through Knockaert, but his long-range effort deflects off the back of Smalling and behind for a corner. The resulting set piece doesn't amount to anything.
51' Possession remains firmly with the visitors here as they've take a stranglehold on the match since the restart, pinning Brighton back into their own half. This is much more representative of the United side we have come used to seeing this season.
49' United begin this second half on the front foot, showing a bit more desire after being on the receiving end of what was likely an unpleasant half-time team talk from Mourinho. A delightful spell in possession sees them string together a ton of passes before Pogba forces a very sharp save from Ryan at his near post!
47' Murray commits an early foul here on Fellaini that sees him pick up the first booking of the match.
46' The second half is underway!
The sides head goalless into the break following a rather uneventful opening 45 minutes at the Amex Stadium. Brighton certainly had the better of the chances, with Gross and Murray both testing De Gea, while Manchester United appear to be struggling for motivation as they've failed to threaten outside of an early free-kick. The points are certainly there for the taking.
45'+1 HALF-TIME: BRIGHTON 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED.
45' There will be just one minute added on at the end of this first half.
43' Into the final minutes of the first half at the Amex Stadium and it's looking like these sides will head goalless into the break, as play comes to a halt with Bong down and in need of attention. The point will do just fine for Brighton in their quest for survival - likely enough to get them over the line - but they should certainly fancy their chances of going on on to claim all three points.
39' When the visitors do have possession, it's all been rather pedestrian. They're lacking in intensity and urgency, which has really made for a tough watch. There's just been little to get excited about with them on the ball.
37' United have been completely stifled in attack. Their midfield trio hasn't done a consistent enough job of getting the ball forward for the likes of Mata, Martial and Rashford to create, which has really made life easy on a Brighton defense that has been excellently organised.
35' Better! Knockaert and Gross link-up cleverly on the right, with the former sliding the latter through into the area, but his attempted cross is blocked well by De Gea, who sends it behind for a corner. That's got the home support going again.
33' Again the tempo has dropped here as the match enters another cagey spell with the ball being contained in midfield. It's gotten quite congested at times, with both sides needing to be quicker in transition.
29' Izquierdo tries his luck from long range and strikes it pretty sweetly as he forces De Gea to react quickly to tip it over the bar for a corner. Brighton get the likes of Dunk and Duffy forward for the resulting set piece, but it amounts to nothing.
27' Just as the talk of a clean sheet commences, United enjoy their best attack of the night as Martial finds a way through on the right, but he's caught between two minds from in close as his cross (or shot?) is blocked behind for a corner.
25' It's still very early, of course, but it's worth noting that Manchester United haven't looked like scoring in this match at all, based on their approach from open play. Brighton have yet to keep a clean sheet at the Amex Stadium in 2018, but what a way that would be for them to close out the season at home!
23' The tempo hasn't been the best in this match, with the few chances thus far coming from rare moments of quality, as opposed to an overly eager team effort. Brighton certainly have more desire, but United are doing their best to suck the pace out of it.
19' WHAT A SAVE! And an equally impressive effort from Murray! A lovely hit from the striker on the half-volley that bends and dips en route to goal, but De Gea stays with it brilliantly and gets a strong hand to it to parry! Outstanding from the both of them!
17' Mourinho will have some decisions to make surrounding his XI for the FA Cup final, so while United have little to play for in terms of the league, some of the fringe players in the side tonight could definitely do with a strong showing to make a case for a starting place against Chelsea.
15' United are having to work here just to keep the ball, never mind advancing it into the final third. Brighton are pressing with good energy, making life difficult on the visitors in possession.
13' STRAIGHT AT DE GEA! Another well-worked move from the hosts, this one spearheaded by Izquierdo on the flank. The winger surges forward and picks out a tidy pull-back for Gross, but the attacker's effort is hit right into the waiting arms of De Gea. Either side and that could have been the opener.
11' Brighton remain very much in the ascendancy, enjoying the lion's share of possession as United struggle to get into a rhythm. Motivation certainly appears a bit easier to come by for the hosts at the moment, than it is for Mourinho's men.
7' Decent effort! The strike lacked power in the end from Stephens, who dragged his effort wide from 20 yards, though it did have De Gea scrambling a bit. Nonetheless the encouragement from that came in the build-up for Brighton, as they're looking more positive on the front foot.
5' Following a timid start, Brighton have settled in a bit, working the ball around well as they enjoy their first prolonged spell in possession. These supporters are certainly up for the occasion, showing their appreciation to the club for a successful season back in the top flight.
3' NEARLY THE OPENER! A lazy foul from Duffy on Rashford rewards the visitors with an excellent early opportunity, providing them with a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, and they nearly make the most of it! Rashford bends a terrific delivery in behind the defence which Fellaini turns in from close range, but the offside flag denies United the opener!
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Manchester United in red as they get the match underway, with Brighton in blue and white.
Jose Mourinho makes six changes to last weekend's victory over Arsenal. Rashford leads the line with Lukaku injured, and he's flanked by Mata and Martial, with Lingard and Sanchez replaced. Fellaini starts ahead of Herrera in midfield, while Darmian and Rojo get the nod in defense at the expense of Valencia and Lindelof.
Chris Hughton makes two changes to his side from last weekend's goalless draw at Burnley. Propper is restored in midfield having served his three-match ban, replacing Kayal, while Murray is selected to lead the line tonight with Ulloa dropping to the bench.
SUBS: Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay, Eric Bailly, Sergio Romero, Ander Herrera.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3): David De Gea; Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young; Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.
SUBS: Connor Goldson, Leonardo Ulloa, Solly March, Tim Krul, Jurgen Locadia, Ezequiel Schelotto, Beram Kayal.
BRIGHTON (4-5-1): Mat Ryan; Bruno, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Gaetan Bong; Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Pascal Gross, Davy Propper, Jose Izquierdo; Glenn Murray.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
The focus of Jose Mourinho’s side undoubtedly resides on their May 19 FA Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. Until then, the Red Devils will look to get healthy as they close out the league campaign against Brighton, West Ham and Watford.
Manchester United look stout opposition on paper, but motivation could well be an issue for the Red Devils who are all but locked into second place with three matches left in their Premier League season.
As little as one point over their final three matches should be enough for Chris Hughton’s side to secure their safety, though they can remove any doubt with a win tonight in their final showcase at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton will be expecting a boisterous atmosphere under the lights tonight, in what is the Seagull’s last home match of the season – and one that could see them secure their Premier League status for 2018/19 with a victory.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this Friday night Premier League match as Brighton welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium!

Lineups

R
A
A
1
M. Ryan
1
David de Gea
2
Bruno Saltor
3
G. Bong
5
L. Dunk
5
M. Rojo
6
P. Pogba
6
D. Stephens
8
Mata
11
A. Martial
11
A. Knockaert
12
C. Smalling
13
P. Groß
17
G. Murray
18
A. Young
19
M. Rashford
19
J. Izquierdo
22
S. Duffy
24
D. Pröpper
27
M. Fellaini
31
N. Matić
36
M. Darmian
14
23
39
7
20
16
C
C
C

Additional info

Referee
C. Pawson
Assistants
S. Child
 
S. Burt
Fourth official
S. Attwell

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Match Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United
27 Attacks (Dangerous) 43
5 Corners 6
5 Fouls 3
5 Free Kicks 6
11 Goal Kicks 4
1 Offsides 2
1 Shots (blocked) 4
5 Shots (off target) 8
3 Shots (on target) 3
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
17 Throw Ins 24

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
138+79100
238+4081
338+3877
438+4675
538+2470
638+2363
738-354
838-1449
938-447
1038-844
1138-1044
1238-1644
1338-2042
1438-2041
1538-2040
1638-3037
1738-1936
1838-2833
1938-3333
2038-2531

The American Express Community Stadium

Name:
The American Express Community Stadium 
City:
Falmer, East Sussex 
Capacity:
30750