Brighton & Hove Albion secured their Premier League survival with a memorable victory against Manchester United at the Amex Stadium, before closing the month with trips to Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Seagulls knew victory over Jose Mourinho’s team at the start of May would guarantee their place in the Premier League for the 2018/19 campaign, due to Swansea City and Southampton’s meeting a few days later.
The Red Devils had already beaten Chris Hughton’s side on two occasions throughout the season - both victories at Old Trafford, in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup respectively.
Albion went into the game in confident mood after sealing back-to-back draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, and their positive form continued at the Amex in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The visitors had a goal disallowed for offside early on, to relief of a packed house on the south coast, and the game remained goalless heading into the half-time break.
But just 12 minutes into the second half, the Seagulls broke the deadlock and it was Player of the Season Pascal Gross who attacked Jose Izquierdo’s cross with a firm header from close range.
Chris Smalling blocked on the goal line, but the referee checked his watch and the German’s header had crossed the line to give Albion a hard-earned lead against Mourinho’s men.
The Seagulls withstood pressure from the visitors in the closing stages to secure victory, which ensured Albion’s place in the Premier League for a second season.
Next up was a trip to the Etihad Stadium five days later, and with the Premier League champions looking to reach 97 points with another game remaining, the Seagulls had a tough challenge ahead.
Danilo broke the deadlock for the hosts, and although Leonardo Ulloa headed home to make it 1-1, Pep Guardiola’s team showed their class and scored twice more through Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho.
Another daunting trip came on the final day of the season, when Albion came up against Liverpool, and the Champions League finalists cruised to a 4-0 victory on a sunny day at Anfield.
It was always going to be a tough end to the season for Hughton’s men, but the team’s victory over Manchester United will always be what May 2018 will be remembered for.
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A season’s worth of hard work got its reward when the Red Devils made their first visit to the Amex at the beginning of the month.
A header from Gross sent the Albion faithful into raptures, and the roar on the full-time whistle was deafening, as the club’s Premier League status was retained.
After two positive displays against Mourinho’s team, the Seagulls finally got the better of their north-west opponents - a fine way to finish the campaign at home.
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Lewis Dunk said, “It’s obviously a great feeling, we finally done it after a hard season. We put everything into every game and thankfully we got there in the end.”