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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Paul Pogba (27' PEN)
  • Marcus Rashford (42')
  • Pascal Gross (72')

Manchester United extend winning run, close gap on top four

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Man United 2-1 Brighton: Seven straight wins for Solskjaer (1:36)

Man United won their seventh straight game under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer through goals from Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. (1:36)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extended his winning start at Manchester United to eight games in all competitions as Brighton were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford.

The hosts were dealt a blow prematch when Luke Shaw pulled out through illness and was replaced in the XI by Diogo Dalot.

United took the lead on 27 minutes from the penalty spot, Paul Pogba converting after he had been fouled by Gaetan Bong.

Ten minutes later Anthony Martial almost added a second after a ball over the top from Victor Lindelof but he was denied by Brighton goalkeeper David Button.

But, three minutes before the break, Marcus Rashford scored his fifth goal in his six Premier League games since Solskjaer took charge to all but make the points safe for United.

On his 150th appearance for the club the 21-year-old curled one into the top corner from a tight angle.

Gross reduced the arrears out of the blue in the 72nd minute, drilling in a close-range shot off the underside of the bar after Davy Propper floated in an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his foot.

United, who missed several chances to increase their lead in the opening hour, were forced to hang on in the closing stages as the visitors pounded a flurry of crosses into the penalty area.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 35 +67 89
2 Liverpool 35 +59 88
3 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +30 70
4 Chelsea 35 +21 67
5 Arsenal 35 +23 66
6 Manchester United 35 +13 64
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 +1 51
8 Watford 35 0 50
9 Everton 35 +6 49
10 Leicester City 35 +1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 35 -17 37
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 35 -22 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14