It was the uncomplicated things that Sir Matt Busby, to whom Old Trafford stood up as one on the 25th anniversary of his death, was always remembered. Little things like protecting a young George Best against stage fright by listing him as & # 39; reserve & # 39; when he outlined the team plate in ballpoint for a Manchester United 56 years ago.
Nobody draws the most distant comparison, of course, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to give the same memory that football in this place can be simple, expressive and free of the monumental ego that has sucked life out of the club in the last few years.
What perhaps struck the most when the Norwegian presided over the record of five direct division successes of Busby for an incoming manager from the United States was his reluctance to put himself in the frame. It is rare in this era of the superstar manager for the leader to be confined to the dug-out. But Solskjaer seems satisfied that you have to sit here when your work is finished. His instructions are something along the lines of: & # 39; Play, show your skills, feel joy to live. & # 39; You do not have & # 39; touchline theatrics & # 39; need to strengthen that.
Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal to double Manchester United in Old Trafford
At his 150th performance for the club, the striker continued his brilliant recent form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Paul Pogba had opened the score for the home team after winning a penalty and then converting it to
Pogba performed a baby rock party before being joined by his teammates on a chilly afternoon in Manchester
No player seems to be the embodiment of the joy that Solskjaer has more to the club than Marcus Rashford. The goal of the 21-year-old, who should have taken away the competitive tension of the afternoon, was an object of beauty. A lay-back for Diogo Dalot, a waiting time of ten seconds in space to take it back and three touches – right, left, right – before a fourth moved it on an arc high past David Button to the acute.
Busby would have been the first to say that you did not coach things like that, although it was something Soksjaer said about Rashford in the competition program that suggested he understood it. & # 39; If you are 21 and play for Man United, you score the goals that he does, of course you will be sure, & # 39; noted the manager.
The laws of probability had suggested that Rashford would deliver a signature moment. He had tried something like that before and before the day had passed, his right instep had sent another curled attempt from the top right of the box, which Jesse Lingard could almost convert. It was the 150th appearance of Rashford for United – a milestone that only Norman Whiteside, Ryan Giggs and Best achieved faster.
Paul Pogba also continues to resemble a player who incarnates again. It was his turn of speed that United sent forward. His first touch with a 30-yard passe-partout took it back past Gaetan Bong, whose push with the elbow that Pogba brought to the ground as he threatened to follow him. Pogba jogged on the spot before sending the penalty from the right foot to Button.
CONTEST FACTS, LIVE TABLE AND MATCHZONE
Manchester United (4-2-3-1):
The Gea 6; Young 6, Lindelof 6.5, Jones 5.5, Dalot 7; Herrera 6.5, Matic 6; Lingard 6 (Mata 75), Pogba 7.5, Martial 6.5 (Lukaku 82); Rashford 8 (Carnan 93)
Bailly, Sanchez, Pereira, Romero
goals: Pogba, Rashford
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-1-1):
Button 7; Montoya 6, Duffy 7, Dunk 6.5, Bong 5; March 5 (Knockaert 61), Stephens 6, Propper 6, Locadia 6.5; Gross 6.5 (Kayal 82); Murray 6
Bruno, Balogun, Steele, Gyokeres
Referee: P. Tierney 7
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Marcus Rashford scored a brilliant goal after a smooth team run from Manchester United
Pogba did not make a mistake, as Manchester United dominated the game against Christ Hughton
Pogba has been in a sensational form since Jose Mourinho was fired after the defeat against Liverpool last year
Pascal Gross splashed the bar when Brighton gave itself a goal attempt against the sprint
The first half also resulted in a Pogba bicycle stage – the Frenchman laughed loud and long while Anthony Martial pulled him to his feet. Martial then brought a 30 yard pass from the excellent Dalot from the air and maintained the balance to aim a shot which Button was sharp to save.
When Ander Herrera was fouled by Dale Stephens in the process of being expropriated, halfway through the first half, he was too busy to get hold of to claim the offense.
The first half of Brighton's fight to impressed echoed the overwhelming effect of Old Trafford in the days before Sir Alex Ferguson, whose presence was irrevocably restored, has resigned. The midfield of Hughton was overwhelmed, although the defense showed some determination with backs against the wall. Shane Duffy threw the line away.
The hope for the visiting side lay in the defensive vulnerability of the team of Jose Mourinho and – like the need of David de Gea to 11 rescues Wembley revealed last week – has not been extinguished from one day to the next. Opportunity was right before Glenn Murray, who fired on the left post of David de Gea after Salomon had laid a ball behind Herrera in March and had come on his path.
The goal made for a nervous finish for the United fans packed in Old Trafford after Gross had converted Davy Propper's ball
Gross fourth and sprinted halfway back to restart the game in the hope of getting an equalizer
Jesse Lingard unleashed a shot on goal, but the attempt was comfortably rescued Brighton Keeper David Button
Anthony Martial was his usual dynamic presence and caused all sorts of problems for the visiting defenders
The light of Brighton did not go out and after United failed to build on their lead – Martial overfed after the weaving in the box – they pulled back a goal. Jurgen Locadia is Davy Propper, whose smart cross from the left with his right-wing advantage Pascal Gross in the space between Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof, from where he scored smartly.
Hughton's players were supported and the last ten minutes brought a test. David de Ge did well to get away for the first time under pressure from the advancing Duffy, but missed a free kick that was launched in the same direction and needed substitute Romelu Lukaku to clean up. Herrera covered terrain to ward off the threat of a Locadia that broke the Bruges left flank and Lindelof blocked a low cross. The whistle signal brought a huge relief.
For Solskjaer, seven consecutive victories. The real assessment must wait until Liverpool arrives here in four weeks, but the players remain stuck, the top four is three points away and an unmistakable mind is back.
Pogba tried to finish a daring bike kick when Lewis Dunk tried to get in the way
Rashford suffered a nasty tackle and reacted as in extreme inconveniences but could continue in the race
Solskjaer was worried after his team gave in against the run-of-play but watched as the winning point went on
Romelu Lukaku was one of the substitutes, but came forward as a back-up of Solskjaer's comments that he is still important to the team
The men of Chris Hughton put up a brave fight and showed resilience that typifies their performance this season
The Seagulls found the chances difficult to come by but there was no shortage of effort from Glenn Murray and Co