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- Midfielder confident they can secure Champions League spot
- ‘The team is improving,’ says Solskjær after 3-0 win at Brighton
Bruno Fernandes believes Manchester United can achieve Champions League football this season after his two goals at Brighton helped his side stretch their unbeaten run to 15 games. United moved up to fifth in the Premier League, ahead of Wolves on goal difference, and Fernandes said their much-improved defensive performance was key to their confidence.Continue reading...
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That’s all from me. Here’s the match report again. Bye!
Graham Potter is not so chuffed:
I think we played against a really good side tonight, to be honest. Congratulations to Manchester United they were the better team, I thought they showed some real quality. Credit to the team, we stuck at it, I thought our response second half especially was really good. I’m really proud of the response of the players, how they stuck at it, and we’ll take the positives from the game. We started the second half really well and then got hit on the counter-attack for the killer goal.
Overall we had some good opportunities, some good play, against Manchester United you’re always going to be stretched. It’s a tough evening for us but one we’ll take a lot from and we’ll be stronger for it. They’re as good as anybody we’ve played against this year from our perspective. They’ve got good width, good movement in the middle, the build-up was good. So hard to contain, but we didn’t go under, we carried on, and second half especially was positive for us.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is full of smiles:
I think we’re full of confidence and of course full of quality as well. I think the boys played some exceptional stuff. We pressed well, and I think we started really well. It was just waiting for the moment to get a goal and Mason’s first was brilliant. He played fantastically. he’s a young kid and a special kid. We know when he gets face up and looking forward he’s dangerous, but then I thought his hold-up play and his link-up play today was great. He can go inside, he can go outside, he’s just as good with his right foot as his left foot, and he’s developing into a fine player.
Bruno Fernandes, man of the match and one-man revolution, talks down the impact of his relationship with Paul Pogba in midfield. “It’s not fair to talk about me and Paul. We are a team,” he says. “We train together. They push me to play better. I think in the end it’s teamwork.”
David Hytner’s match report has landed:
With Bruno Fernandes providing an irresistible spark, the sense of possibility felt tantalising for Manchester United. Brighton are not a team that have been rolled over too many times this season, despite their lowly position, but the ease and panache with which United recorded their latest positive result represented a statement of intent.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær had said on Monday that his team could go undefeated for the remainder of the season. Play like this and they will. The run-in is relatively kind for them and this was a 15th game in all competitions without a loss – the best sequence under Solskjær.
90+4 mins: An extremely competent away performance, and an emphatically outclassed home side.
90+3 mins: Ighalo has only touched the ball three times. Martial only had 23 touches, half as many as any other outfield starter. Sure, Martial’s runs helped create space for his teammates, but United’s centre-forwards have been almost entirely peripheral.
90+1 mins: There’ll be three minutes of stoppage time, give or take.
89 mins: Gary Neville follows through on his promise to name Bruno Fernandes his man of the match. The game has been markedly less fun since he left the field.
87 mins: Solly March replaces Connolly, Brighton’s final change of the evening.
86 mins: James threatens to get clear, doesn’t quite manage to do so, has a shot anyway and Ryan saves. Then about 45 seconds later he gets the ball on the left, comes infield, doesn’t have much on, has a shot anyway and Ryan saves.
84 mins: Save! James crosses towards Ighalo; Bernardo gets in the way but only turns the ball towards McTominay, and his low shot takes a slight deflection on its way goalwards, but Ryan deals with it.
81 mins: Further substitutional news, as Brighton bring on Mooy and Bernardo, and take off Dunk and Mac Allister.
80 mins: Wan-Bissaka hits a cross straight into a fragile part of Bissouma, who spends a minute or two writhing about in agony and then has to get up and defend a corner.
78 mins: United bring on Ighalo and James, and take off Rashford and Martial.
76 mins: Another De Gea save! Maupay tries to play in Trossard but Maguire gets in the way. The ball rebounds back to him, and his shot takes a deflection, but De Gea has enough time to react and push it away.
74 mins: The game appears to have entered the period when one team no longer believes they can achieve anything and the other no longer believes they need to.
71 mins: Trossard has another pop, this time from 20-odd yards, but the ball spins wide of the left-hand post. He has had as many shots as every other Brighton player put together, and he only came on at half-time.
69 mins: Brighton have a shot on target! It’s a really good one too, Connolly taking Trossard’s pass, enjoying a bit too much space, and curling a shot towards the top corner. De Gea throws out a hand and turns it behind.
67 mins: The game’s second drinks break, and TV viewers get treated to a few more replays of United’s third goal, their best of the night, and really lovely in every way.
66 mins: Chance! Wan-Bissaka gets to the byline and dinks in a cross, and Williams heads it powerfully, but straight into Duffy.
64 mins: United take Bruno Fernandes off, to be wrapped in proverbial cotton wool. “Unless something miraculous happens in this last half an hour he will be the man of the match,” says Gary Neville. Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw also come off, with McTominay, Pereira and Williams coming on.
62 mins: Now Mac Allister lifts the ball into the area from the right, and Trossard slams a volley high. They have had as many shots in the last 150 seconds as in the preceding hour.
60 mins: Brighton nearly score! Well, they nearly have a shot on target, at least. Mac Allister takes a free-kick from deep, and disguises his pass to Trossard, who with every red shirt convinced the ball is going to he lofted into the middle of the box suddenly has the entire left third of the penalty area to himself and the ball at his feet. He shoots low and hard across goal, but wide of the far post.
57 mins: Duffy nips in front of Martial to take the ball off his toes, and the Frenchman’s head goes back in a display of frustration. His movement has been good tonight, but he hasn’t actually seen very much of the ball.
54 mins: Burn’s excellent low cross from the left just evades Connolly. Brighton still haven’t had a shot on target, and Ryan still hasn’t made a save.
50 mins: Maguire heads the ball out from his area to Matic, who chests down and volleys a pass to Greenwood, bursting down the left. He sprints to the edge of the area, Rashford and Martial make runs in the middle to occupy the defence, and Greenwood lifts the ball beyond them to the unmarked Fernandes, who volleys in. That was clinical, and excellent at every stage: header, control, pass, run, cross, finish.
That’s a lovely break, and it’s game over!
48 mins: Brighton already seem to have significantly improved in their new-look 4-2-2-2 formation. Shaw brings down Bissouma, and gets booked.
46 mins: Peeeeep! They’re off! I have a couple of half-time substitutions to report: Brighton have brought off Tariq Lamptey and Davy Propper and brought on Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay.
This game has been slightly tediously one-sided. This, though, is the kind of tedium that Manchester United fans have been desperate for for several years now. They look a team capable not just of qualifying for Europe but achieving something once they get there. Brighton have Liverpool and Manchester City still to come to the AmEx over the next couple of weeks, and could probably do with banking three points at Norwich this weekend before their confidence gets too badly nobbled.
45+3 mins: Manchester United go into the interval with the double advantage of two goals and complete superiority.
45+2 mins: United ping the ball about on the left for an age, and eventually Montoya’s had enough and throws himself at Rashford. Free kick.
45+1 mins: There will be about two minutes of first-half stoppages.
44 mins: Brighton actually threaten! Propper’s cross from the right is pretty handy, and there are six home players in the penalty area, but the ball just evades them all, with Burn coming closest.
44 mins: United get numbers forward, Brighton get numbers back, and a very promising attack ends with Dunk intercepting Pogba’s underhit pass infield.
42 mins: A telling stat here from Tim de Lisle:
41 mins: There have only been two shots on target in this game.
39 mins: Dunk has the ball inside his own penalty area and Martial and Fernandes combine to gang up on him, eventually forcing him to hit out of play for a throw-in. Nothing comes of it but still, good work.
37 mins: United play the ball across their backline almost comically slowly, waiting on each occasion to be closed down before laying it off. Eventually it reaches Bruno Fernandes on the left, who smashes it high into the air. Given what came before, it seems almost an act of protest. Dunk wins the header.
33 mins: Brighton have an attack, and win a free-kick out on the right touchline. United eventually win it back, and play the ball out of defence in a manner which is can only be described as extremely competent.
32 mins: Brighton have a shot! Mac Allister is the man responsible, blasting the ball into Maguire’s ankles from inside United’s penalty area.
Another one! Rashford plays Shaw in on the left, who gets to the byline but can’t pick out Martial with his pull-back. It runs to Pogba outside the penalty area, who touches inside to Fernandes, whose first-time shot hits Mac Allister and spins past Ryan and inside the post!
28 mins: Lindelof goes on an endearingly optimistic run down the right, which ends after about 40 yards as he tries to trick his way into the penalty area without actually doing any tricks, and is consequently dispossessed.
26 mins: Play resumes, and United take control of the ball once more. Eventually Wan-Bissaka miscontrols and it rolls out for a throw-in.
23 mins: United win a corner, take it long to Maguire beyond the far post, and he beats Dunk to the header but sends it across goal and wide. The drinks break follows.
22 mins: Fernandes shoots, and gets the ball to dip savagely, but it never threatens to dip enough to get under the bar.
21 mins: Now they have a free-kick in a very handy position, as Pogba is fouled just outside the area.
20 mins: This is all looking excellent for the visitors. They are attacking at pace, in numbers, with width on both flanks, and Brighton can’t plug every gap.
The chance comes, the shot follows, and United lead! Greenwood pretty much makes it for himself, running infield from the right, leaving Stephens in his wake, bursting into the box, squaring up Dunk, jinking this way and that, and then shooting low and hard inside the near post!
15 mins: United are running at about 74% possession, and looking menacing with it, but so far no clear chances, or shots of any note from inside the area.
12 mins: Bruno Fernandes hits the post! Maguire’s long ball from left to right starts the move, Pogba’s pass infield finds the Portuguese, and his early, low shot from just outside the area thumps the near post.
11 mins: A few seconds later Mac Allister tries it again, and this time Connolly is on the move, but he uses an arm to control and that’s the end of that.
11 mins: Mac Allister picks the ball up in midfield and plays it through for Connolly, who hadn’t got the memo and was entirely flat-footed.
8 mins: United are hogging the ball, but not doing so much attacking. Bruno Fernandes nearly unlocked the home defence a couple of minutes back, but his Ryan ran out to booter his through-ball into touch as Rashford raced towards it.
5 mins: A breather for Brighton, as Maguire chests a long pass towards Lindelof, and Connolly nips in and goes down, winning a bonus cheap free kick.
3 mins: United have already put together two decent attacks down the left, but on both occasions the attack was snuffled out after they got into the box.
2 mins: Kick-off is preceded by a noisy countdown, on the stadium’s big screens and loud speakers. 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... it goes. 6 ... 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... it continues. 2 ... 1, it concludes. And then, 10 further seconds of awkward silence while the referee completes his last-minute whatevers, noisy countdown completely ignored. The players take the knee for a few seconds after kick-off.
1 min: Peeeeeep! United get the game started.
The players are out, and the coin has just been tossed. Action imminent.
The players are making their way into the tunnel, with kick-off just a few minutes away.
“While I’m cheered that the fans are practising some social distancing by sitting one seat apart, I’m appalled they’re not wearing masks,” complains Eric Schwab of Brighton’s Thank You NHS Stand (photo below). “This seems like a very narrow, two-dimensional approach.”
Graham Potter submits himself to the Sky-flavoured inquisition:
I think we’ve had a positive couple of games, but we have to start again. We play against a really good side, a side in good form, so all that we’ve done is gone and we have to start again tonight and do our best. It’s a chance to win three points, that’s how we look at it. They’re a good team, and they’re fighting for the Champions League, but ti’s a chance to win three points and that’s what we have to focus on. I’ve reminded them that they’re good players, they need to work hard to get a result. History’s fine but it doesn’t count for anything tonight. We need a bit of luck against this quality of opposition, but we need to make sure we do our best.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a chat with Sky:
This is the same team as played less than a week ago against Sheffield United and played really well, so hopefully we can see that again. Everything has to be right. We’ve been here the last two years, we haven’t got any points. We know it’s going to be hard, we know we have to focus on one game at a time.
Brighton make three changes to the team that drew 0-0 at Leicester last Tuesday, bringing in Shane Duffy, Davy Propper and Martin Montoya. Manchester United make either no changes or eight of them, depending on whether you count the FA Cup game against Norwich or the last league game, against Sheffield United last Wednesday.
The team sheets are in, and these are the names upon them:
Brighton: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, Lamptey, Propper, Stephens, Bissouma, Montoya, Mac Allister, Connolly. Subs: Maupay, Trossard, Gross, Murray, Mooy, March, Schelotto, Button, Bernardo.
Man Utd: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. Subs: Bailly, Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, James, Romero, Ighalo, McTominay, Williams.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Before the restart I thought Brighton, winless in 2020 and with a pretty nasty fixture list, might end up in a hideous battle against relegation. Two games, two decent performances and four points later and given the miserable form of Bournemouth, West Ham, Aston Villa and Watford below them I make them a win away from safety. They are more likely to get that victory at Norwich on Saturday than against Manchester United tonight, with the visitors another side that has had a decent restart and motivated by the vicious scrap for European qualification in which they find themselves, but I wouldn’t put it past them. They are, after all, unbeaten at home against Manchester United since April 1982 (with four wins and a draw since then).Continue reading...
This is how Ole Gunnar Solskjær intends to restore Manchester United to former glories. The road back to the top of the Premier League is long and it is impossible to say that United will be challenging for the title next season, given the ridiculous levels of Liverpool’s current superiority. But a Bruno Fernandes-inspired performance on the south coast brought that most precious of commodities – hope.
It is what routinely kills supporters and goodness knows there have been false dawns for United in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson was manager. But with Fernandes roaming with menace behind a pacy and dangerous front three – in which the 18-year-old Mason Greenwood was the star turn – and Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic providing the control in the centre of the pitch, it was an evening when United made a statement.Continue reading...
Neal Maupay missed a penalty for Brighton as the points were shared at the end of another underwhelming contest
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Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It’s all over at the King Power Stadium, where Brighton missed a first half penalty but will probably be the happier of the two teams with a point. They edge six points clear of the relegation zone with some terrifying fixtures to come. Leicester have to settle for their second consecutive draw in the Premier League and remain third in the table, four points clear of Chelsea having played one game more.
90+4 min: “HIT IT SOLLY! F**KING HELL!!!” comes a loud roar from the touchline, as an unidentified member of Brighton’s coaching staff speaks (well, shouts) for all of us.
Solly March ignores the wise counsel, is dispossessed by Jonny Evans and that is very much that at the King Power Stadium, where the points are shared.
90+3 min: Jamie Vardy gets his head to a cross and the ball hits Lewis Dunk’s extended arm in the penalty area. Leicester appeal for a penalty but none is forthcoming. I’ve seen them given for a lot less.
90+1: Dan Burn hooks the ball out for a corner with Ayoze Perez lurking behind him at the far post. James Maddison sends the ball into the penalty area, where Shane Duffy heads clear under pressure from Jonny Evans.
90 min: Solly March claims a corner but doesn’t get one after the ball appears to go out of play off Jonny Evans.
87 min: It’s worth noting that Dale Stephens, who is already on a yellow and was lucky to avoid a second for what looked like a shove on Wilfred Ndidi, has just dodged another bullet after avoiding a booking for a foul on James Maddison. Lee Mason, our referee, seems in a generous mood this evening.
85 min: Leicester continue to dominate these closing stages as the game enters its knockings. Brighton will rue their missed penalty in the first half but I suspect if you were to offer Graham Potter a draw right now he’d snap your hand off.
Tariq Lamptey gets a slight touch on a Harvey Barnes cross from the left and the ball is put out for a corner by Lewis Dunk. Nothing comes of it.
83 min: Brighton substitution: Aaron Connolly off, Help The Aged’s Glen Murray on. At 36 years old, Murray is 16 years older than the player he’s just replaced and twice the age of his team-mate Tariq Lamptey.
81 min: ... fires over the bar. That’s poor from Maddison, who’s capable of much better.
80 min: Into the final 10 minutes we go, with Leicester on the front foot in a game that has been good in spots, but largely underwhelming since the interval. Shane Duffy is booked for a foul that gives Leicester City a free-kick five yards outside the penalty area, a little left of centre. It looks perfect for James Maddison, who steps up and ...
78 min: If I was a betting man, which I am from time to time, I might be tempted to have a few pennies on Leicester snatching this game in the closing stages. They’re dominating possession having switched to a 4-1-4-1 formation and have made important changes in personnel in their efforts to win the game at the death. The 11 on the field now are certainly stronger than the 11 who started.
76 min: James Maddison blasts the ball over the bar from distance with a wild shot after running on to a cushioned pass into his path from Jamie Vardy.
74 min: Leicester substitution: Ayoze Perez on for Demarai Gray. “AWAY!” roars Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, as Jonny Evans heads a corner clear.
71 min: The drinks break over, play resumes. Sky Sports flash up a graphic showing that Neal Maupay is Brighton’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with nine goals. The prolific “Own Goals” are next highest, with four. In their next three games, Brighton face Manchester United (h), Norwich (a), Liverpool (h) and Manchester City (h), so it’s fair to say they could do with securing at least a point if not all three here.
67 min: Leicester double-substitution: Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes on for Kelechi Iheanacho and Papy Mendy. They immediately adjourn to the sideline for some liquid refreshments which they have done little to earn.
65 min: Another corner for Brighton, won by Dan Burn. March’s delivery is cleared at the near post by Wilfred Ndidi. Leicester break up the field with Jamie Vardy on the ball, but Tariq Lamptey stays on his feet and eventually robs him of the ball. Excellent defending from the teenager.
64 min: Brighton win a corner. Solly March sends the ball towards the far post, where Jonny Evans leaps highest and clears with a meaty header.
63 min: Leicester are dominating proceedings for the first time in this game, but still aren’t creating much.
61 min: With Leicester on the counter-attack, James Maddison plays a diagonal ball to Jamie Vardy on the right side of the Brighton penalty area. With his path to goal blocked, he pulls the ball into the path of Wilfred Ndidi, galloping towards the edge of the penalty area.
As the Leicester midfielder shapes to rifle the ball home, he appears to get a nudge in the back from Dale Stephens – who is already on a yellow card – that knocks him off balance, but referee Lee Mason is unmoved and doesn’t award a free-kick.
60 min: James Maddison runs on to a bouncing ball and fires goalwards from the edge of the Brighton penalty area, but his effort fizzes wide.
58 min: Brighton triple-substitution: Davy Propper, Solly March and Leandro Troussard come on for Neal Maupay, Alexis MacAllister and Yves Bissouma.
58 min: Demarai Grtay sends a cross into the Brighton penalty area which is cut out by Lewis Dunk.
56 min: Aaron Mooy tries to pick out Alexis MacAllister with a cross from deep to the far post. He overcooks his delivery and the ball drifts wide.
54 min: Jamie Vardy heads a cross from the right across the face of Brighton’s goal. The header clear is weak and the ball drops kindly for Ben Chilwell. The Leicester left-back snatches at his shot and fires well wide. That was an excellent opportunity wasted.
53 min: Leicester enjoy a rare spell of sustained possession, but lose the ball when Ben Chilwell’s ball into the penalty area is cleared by Yves Bissouma.
52 min: Jonny Evans plays the ball wide to James Justin, who tries to pick out Demarai Gray in the middle. His touch is poor and he cedes possession.
50 min: Ben Chilwell sends the ball into space down the left flank, prompting Shane Duffy to unceremoniously leather into an advertising hoarding at the side of the pitch.
49 min: Nerd corner: despite enjoying just 37% of the possession in the first half, Brighton had eight shots to Leicester’s three.
47 min: The camera cuts to Brendan Rodgers who has a notebook in his hand. The formation he has drawn on the visible page appears to suggest he’s going to have Wilfred Ndidi playing as a lone holding midfielder sooner rather than later. Back on the field, Neal Maupay shoots from distance but fires wide.
46 min: Leicester City get the ball rolling for the second half, with no changes in personnel on either side. I’m surprised Leicester haven’t made any tweaks as they’ve looked bereft of ideas so far this evening.
It’s all square. The deadlock remains unbroken but it was certainly one of the more entertaining halves of football I’ve seen since Project Restart ... er, started. Graham Potter will the more pleased of the two managers. His players have looked more inventive, more committed, more motivated and – whisper it – more fit than their opponents.
45+5 min: Brighton have been dominant throughout a first half in which Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Demarai Gray have all been conspicuously quiet. They’ve failed to capitalise on their dominance, however, not least thanks to Neal Maupay’s penalty miss on 16 minutes.
45+3 min: Lamptey attacks down the right touchline again, but James Maddison puts the ball out for a throw-in. Moments later, James Justin puts the ball out for a corner under pressure from Neal Maupay. It’s their sixth of the game, compared to Leicester’s one, but Jamie Vardy is back to head the delivery clear.
45+1 min: We’re into the first of six minutes of added time. Caglar Soyuncu scuffs a header wide from close range after a Wilfred Ndidi shot is deflected into his path. It was a tight angle and he was taken by surprise, but perhaps should have done better.
45 min: Dale Stephens has a shot blocked from Brighton’s latest corner and Leicester clear their lines.
44 min: James Justin concedes another corner as Lewis Dunk tries to head the ball goalwards after getting on the end of a Mooy cross.
43 min: Aaron Mooy shoots from distance, just outside the Leicester penalty area. His low drive is deflected wide for a corner.
40 min: Jamie Vardy tries and fails to take advantage of a brief rush of blood to the head of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan. The Australian threw the ball to nobody in particular and then had to scramble in a most unedifying manner and beat Vardy for toe as the Leicester striker tried to capitalise on his error.
38 min: The camera cuts to Aaron Connolly during a break in play. Showing a healthy disregard for health and safety during the current global pandemic, he hoiks up a generous gully of spittle from the recesses of his throat and flobs it out on the well manicured grass.
37 min: Dale Stephens gets a yellow card for a late tackle on Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy.
35 min: Aaron Mooy robs the ball from Ben Chilwell and sets of on a run down the right flank. His expedition comes to an abrupt end as he runs down a blind alley.
34 min: Wilfred Ndidi gets booked for putting an illegal stop to an ambitious gallop from Tariq Lamptey, who had skipped past two players as he danced down the right touchline.
30 min: Despite their penalty miss, Brighton haven’t let their heads drop and continue to boss the game. Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho have had very little to work with so far.
Vardy gets only his second touch of the game as he leaps at the far post to get his head to a Ben Chilwell cross from the left touchline. The delivery is a mite too high for him and he can only send the ball looping into the grateful embrace of Mat Ryan.
27 min: Aaron Connolly shoots over the bar when scoring looked easier, due in no small part to a desperate and timely lunge from Caglar Soyuncu. “FOR F**K’S SAKE!!!” screams somebody or other with Brighton affiliations, their profanity echoing across the stadium.
26 min: Lamptey returns to the fray, boasting a swollen lip that is now covered in Vaseline after shipping a whack to the face. Leicester corner – James Maddison sends the ball into the mixer, where Dale Stephens heads it clear for Brighton.
24 min: Duffy has come on for Webster, but Tariq Lamptey is still receiving running repairs on the sideline.
22 min: The players convene for their drinks break, after which Shane Duffy will replace Adam Webster in the heart of Brighton’s defence. It also looks like Martin Montoya will replace Tariq Lamptey.
20 min: There’s a break in play as Brighton centre-back Adam Webster receives treatment for a knee injury. His team-mate, Tariq Lamptey is also receiving medical attention for what seems to be a cut on his mouth.
18 min: Some housekeeping: James Justin was booked in the wake of that foul on Aaron Connolly that led to the penalty. It was a weird foul - he had the legs to get between Connolly and the ball as the young Irishman raced on to a ball over the top from Aaron Mooy, but seemed to get his feet in a tangle as he tried to hack the ball clear and ended up tripping the striker.
17 min: Brighton win a free-kick wide on the right, in line with the edge of the penalty area. Aaron Mooy and Alexis McAllister stand over the ball, before the former sends it into the Leicester penalty area. Jonny Evans heads clear.
15 min: It’s a let-off for Leicester, whose goalkeeper has prevented them from going a goal down early doors. It was a poor penalty from Neal Maupay, who semaphored his intentions pre-kick and then hit the ball at the perfect height for the goalkeeper, who didn’t need to stretch too far to save it.
Oh Neal! Kasper Schmeichel dives to his right and saves a fairly poor effort from Neal Maupay. It remains scoreless at the King Power Stadium.
Jon Moss is the man in Stockley Park and after a long deliberation, the penalty stands.
Aaron Connolly finds himself through on goal and is brought down by James Justin, who gets himself in all sorts of bother despite getting himself between Connolly and the ball. Lee Mason points to the spot.
8 min: Good work from Tariq Lamptey, who makes his Premier League debut for Brighton at right-back today following his move from Chelsea in January. He makes good ground down the right flank before over-hitting his cross from deep into the penalty area.
7 min: Brighton enjoy a period of sustained possession but do little with it, playing the ball hither and yon inside their own half, with all four defenders and goalkeeper Mat Ryan getting a touch.
6 min: James Justin gallops down the inside right channel for Leicester before sending a cross into the Brighton penalty area. It’s headed clear.
5 min: A bit of a lull as play is concentrated in the middle third, with both teams exchanging throw-ins.
3 min: A lively start from Brighton, who go on the attack again. James Justin does well to clear for Leicester after good work down the right from Brighton’s Neal Maupay.
2 min: Alexis McAllister shoots the free-kick into the Leicester wall with his right foot, before sending a cross into the penalty area with his left. Ben Chilwell puts the ball out for a corner, which Caglar Soyuncu leaps to head clear.
2 min: Aaron Connolly wins an early free-kick for Brighton in a dangerous area, a little left of centre.
1 min: It’s the new, weird normal but it’s the only one we’ve got at the moment. To complete silence at the King Power Stadium, Brighton get the ball rolling shortly after all present take a pre-match knee.
Not long now: Wearing green shirts, black shorts and green socks, the players of Brighton are first out on to the pitch. In the home dressing room, their hosts are going through their last-minute preparations. They wear their usual home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks. Kick-off is just a few moments away.
Squires: Our resident cartoonist runs his eye over top flight football’s re-emergence from lockdown with predictably hilarious consequences. [Warning: may contain Neal Maupay-related mockery of a crowd-funded Manchester City protest banner that could cause you to cough up a lung from laughing.]
The Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast has moved to three days a week, which means we’ve two in the can for your listening pleasure already. Today’s is a kind of European special, featuring news from Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia and Scotland, with special focus on the embarrassing contents of my bedroom mantelpiece.
Those teams ...
Brendan Rodgers makes three changes to the side that drew at Vicarage Road on Saturday, with Youri Tielemans, Marc Albrighton and Harvey Barnes making way for Demarai Gray, Nampalys Mendy and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mendy, Iheanacho, Maddison, Gray, Vardy.
Subs: Morgan, Tielemans, Albrighton, Ward, Barnes, Perez, Choudhury, Praet, Fuchs.
Tonight’s match officials
Referee: Lee Mason.
Brighton’s Neal Maupay grabbed the headlines at the weekend, scoring their late winner having earlier enraged assorted Arsenal players with what they felt was an unnecessary shove on Bernd Leno, that directly preceded an awkward fall resulting in a serious knee injury for the goalkeeper. From that moment on, Maupay was targeted by Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who subjected him to verbal taunts before grabbing him around the throat at the final whistle.
“You can never beat that feeling of what happened a few years ago and that will always be the greatest story in the history of Leicester City,” said Leicester’s manager when asked about his short-term ambitions ahead of tonight’s game. “But we can still write our own history, and I’ve told the players that. That is what we’ve been trying to do since we’ve been in here, creating records, and we’ve got an unbelievable opportunity this year to go and do it again.
Having sat out Leicester’s draw against Brighton with a calf injury, Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet is available for selection today. Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira remain sidelined, the latter with an achilles injury that is likely to keep him sidelined until October at the earliest.
Fresh from their smash-and-grab against hapless Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, Brighton travel to Leicester hoping to put more distance between themselves and their fellow relegation strugglers. Third in the table and looking good for a berth in next season’s Champions League, Leicester marked their return from lockdown with a draw against Watford, in another match featuring plenty of late drama. Kick-off at a practically deserted King Power Stadium is at 6pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.Continue reading...
This was a great advertisement for matches behind closed doors. But the usefulness of the result to either team is unclear. Brighton edged a point closer to Premier League safety but know they might have plundered more here if Neal Maupay had converted a first-half penalty rather than send in a weak shot that amounted to an invitation to save. Kasper Schmeichel accepted it gratefully.
The draw leaves Brendan Rodgers’s side with just one win from their last seven matches; their charge for Champions League qualification has slowed to a crawl; they remain third in the table but their once-plush cushion is not looking comfortable. “We haven’t quite found our rhythm yet in attack [after the Premier League suspension],” said Rodgers. “I didn’t think we played with enough quality in the first half, in particular.”Continue reading...
- Midfielder reacted after defeat at Brighton
- VAR deems it was not a red-card offence
Matteo Guendouzi has escaped punishment from the Football Association for his role in the fracas that followed Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton after VAR ruled he had not committed a red-card offence in clashing with Neal Maupay.
It is a rare piece of good news in a troubled return to action for Arsenal and something of a surprise after television footage showed Guendouzi putting his hand on Maupay’s throat.Continue reading...
Premier League Transfers: Club-by-club list of summer 2020 moves
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Mikel Arteta delivers a damning verdict on Matteo Guendouzi after leaving him out for Norwich win
The 21-year-old midfielder was left out of Arsenal's 20-man squad for the third consecutive matchday, and was forced to watch on from the sidelines as the North London side eased beyond Norwich.
Brighton 0-3 Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes strikes twice
SAMI MOKBEL AT THE AMEX STADIUM: Forget a behind-closed-doors training match, this bore more resemblance to a walk in a park for Manchester United.
Should Bruno Fernandes' first strike against Brighton have stood? Replays show ball was out of play
The red-hot playmaker extended his impressive form for the Champions League chasers, but his first strike has been greeted with frustration after a glaring error from the match officials.
Manchester United legend Patrice Evra delighted with Bruno Fernandes after match-winning display
The 25-year-old, signed from Sporting Lisbon in January, was on target twice on Tuesday evening as United eased beyond Brighton - and has often been lauded for his string of match-winning displays.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails youngster Mason Greenwood
The 18-year-old opened the scoring at the Amex Stadium before teeing up Bruno Fernandes for the second of two fine goals as United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
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