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Manchester United memories on home soil

We take a look at the Red Devils’ last two visits to the Amex ahead of Tuesday evening's game on the south coast.

By Charlie Hanson • 29 June 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross celebrates after scoring against Manchester United in May 2018.

Albion will be looking to make it a hat-trick of home wins on Tuesday night against Manchester United – who are yet to take a point off the Seagulls at the Amex in the Premier League.

United have historically been a bit of a bogey team for Brighton, having beaten Albion in seven of our last ten meetings.

However, we head into tomorrow night’s game with not only the wind in our sails off the back off the victory over Arsenal and the point taken off Leicester City, but knowing that the Seagulls were the only side to beat the Red Devils in consecutive seasons at home in both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Premier League campaigns.

2017/18 – May 2018 – Albion 1-0 United - Gross 57'

Home form was the key to our survival in our debut season in the Premier League and with Manchester City and Liverpool away in the Seagulls’ final two matches of the campaign, United at home would be our last league game at The Amex.

It would prove to be the win and three points that would help us reach the well-documented 40 point mark.

Marouane Fellaini thought he’d broken the deadlock to put the visitors in the lead when he converted from Marcus Rashford’s ball into the box from a free-kick, but the Belgium international was ruled offside.

Glenn Murray’s wonderful half-volley was turned around the post by David De Gea, before Pascal Gross struck 12 minutes after the restart to give Albion the fine margin that would prove to be enough for the victory.

It wasn’t without the added spice of drama though, as the German’s header from close-range initially looked to have been cleared off the line, only for referee Craig Pawson give the goal after having confirmation from Hawk-Eye.

José Izquierdo and Rashford would go close later on for either side, but Gross’ goal was enough on the night to confirm another season of Premier League football at The Amex.

Then Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reflected after the game, "Football was fair to the Brighton boys, they had a big target, they showed the points would be a big thing for them and gave everything for them.”

2018/2019 – August 2018 – Albion 3-2 United - Murray 25', Duffy 27', Gross 44'

United would have a quick opportunity to rectify the defeat as their first away game of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign saw them travel to The Amex.

Again the visitors would be presented with a decent early chance, this time though Romelu Lukaku, who fired wide when he looked certain to score.

Glenn Murray would punish the miss with a lovely finish, lifting the ball over De Gea with the outside of his boot after being found by Solly March to put the Seagulls in front.

Brighton doubled their advantage two minutes later, as the visitors failed to clear a corner and Shane Duffy slotted home.

Lukaku then got his goal, as he nodded in from Luke Shaw’s deflected effort, but Gross again would find what would prove to be the winner against United as he converted from the penalty spot, after being brought down by Eric Bailly.

Paul Pogba snatched one back late on from the spot after Fellaini was tripped, but it was another afternoon to remember on the south coast. 

Chris Hughton spoke of his pride post match, "There's not a player that didn't play well. To get that result with the quality they have, you have to put in a good performance."

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