In a stunning upset, Brighton claimed a much-deserved victory over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. The Seagulls secured a 1-0 win thanks to Alexis Mac Allister’s 99th-minute penalty, moving them into sixth place in the Premier League, above Aston Villa and Tottenham.
It was sweet revenge for Brighton, who were beaten by United on penalties in the FA Cup semi-finals earlier in the season. VAR played a crucial role in the game, as the late penalty was flagged by the system.
The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides creating great chances within the first five minutes. Brighton had an excellent opportunity to take the lead when Kaoru Mitoma latched onto a sloppy pass from Victor Lindelof but failed to convert his chance. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive betting odds from NextBet.
United had their own chances, with Jason Steele denying Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in a pulsating first half. The second half was dominated by Brighton, who continued to assert their dominance but struggled to find the final touch.
However, United left-back Luke Shaw made a costly mistake in the dying moments of the game, handing Brighton a late chance to snatch all three points. Mac Allister stepped up and finished with aplomb, smashing the ball into the top corner and giving United goalkeeper David De Gea no chance.
The result will have been a bitter pill to swallow for United, who have now won just one of their last three games. They currently sit in second place in the Premier League, but their grip on a top-four finish is slipping, with a tricky run-in that includes games against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Brighton, on the other hand, have their sights set on a European spot, sitting just five points behind fifth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand. They will look to continue their winning streak when they face Everton next.
Overall, it was a well-deserved victory for Brighton, who outplayed United for large periods of the game. The result will give them confidence as they aim to push for a European spot, while United will need to bounce back quickly if they hope to secure Champions League football next season. Follow NextBet Sports to get the latest updates from the Premier League.