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FIVE THINGS: MANCHESTER UNITED

26 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Five Albion players look to close down Ashley Young.

Brighton & Hove Albion were narrowly beaten 1-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday, and here are five things we learned from the game.

RYAN REACTIONS:

The Albion shot-stopper made a vital double-save on the stroke of half time to keep the game level. Just like he did in the closing stages against Everton at the Amex, the Australian made two saves in quick succession at the back post, firstly from Romelu Lukaku’s downward header before showing brilliant reactions to block Paul Pogba’s follow-up effort from a couple of yards out.

THEATRE OF FORTUNE:

It may have been Albion’s first visit to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ in 24 years, but Manchester United’s home ground was the theatre of fortune after Ashley Young’s left-footed strike took a wicked deflection before looping into the top corner from 20 yards. The hosts recorded just four shots on target in the whole game, and Jose Mourinho’s side can feel fortunate after their unconventional winning goal.

CHEERFUL CORNER:

Around 3,000 away supporters packed out the south-east corner at Old Trafford - and despite Albion’s narrow defeat, it didn’t dishearten the club’s fans, as they sung from the moment they arrived to the moment they left. Chris Hughton and his team were met with a loud reception after the final whistle, as they walked over to the corner of the stadium to thank Albion’s exceptional following.

PACKED HOUSE:

The Seagulls played in front of their biggest crowd since the 2004 Division Two Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium - as 75,201 supporters crammed into Old Trafford for yesterday’s closely-contested Premier League clash. The attendance at an Albion match could be even higher again this season, when Albion take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium next month.

TOUGH TACKLING:

Albion won twice as many tackles as their opponents at Old Trafford. Mourinho’s men won 11 tackles, but Hughton’s battling side recorded 22 tackles as they held the Red Devils to just a single goal. The Seagulls also made over double the amount of clearances, with Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk contributing towards the team’s 31 clearances.


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