Relishing Ashley Young, Player Ratings: Man United 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Manchester United won their second Premier League game on the trot as they sealed a close 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. The victory sees United just five points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, although the Citizens have a game in hand.

Player Ratings:

David de Gea  – The Spain international had little to do with Brighton posing minimal threat on goal. Kept his ninth clean sheet of the league campaign – 6/10

Antonio Valencia  – The skipper kept a firm base on the right side of the defence, but he was less of an influence in the forward department – 6/10

Victor Lindelof  – Look to be gaining confidence by the game. The Swede scored brilliant composure with the ball, and made a key tackle on Anthony Knockaert to stop a goalscoring threat – 7/10

Chris Smalling – Not one of his best games. The Englishman was slow with his reaction, but luckily Brighton did not take their chances – 5.5/10

Ashley Young  – The veteran has revived his career in a fine fashion. Young opened the scoring with a deflected shot, and he was a constant presence in the attack, providing dangerous crosses – 7.5/10

Nemanja Matic  – The Serbian has been fantastic for United this campaign, but he lacked fluidity in his movement against Brighton. Allowed Pogba to try and impose on the opposition – 5.5/10

Paul Pogba – Played in his usual self with the drive forward to help his attackers. However, he could not find the perfect through ball past the Brighton defence. Nearly scored in the first-half – 6/10

Juan Mata – Probably the most disappointing player on the pitch. The Spaniard could not pose a threat on the attack and lost the ball too often prior to his substitution on the hour-mark – 5/10

Anthony Martial – Produced a couple of dangerous crosses in the first period, and tried to get through on goal, only to be flagged for offside. Not at his clinical best – 6/10

Marcus Rashford – Another sparkling performance from the young Englishman. Rashford stretched the Brighton backline with his pace and dribbling skills, but could not make an impact in the box – 6.5/10

Romelu Lukaku – Another tough day in the office for Lukaku. The Belgium international had a shot saved by Matty Ryan but other than that he struggled to show a physical presence in the box – 5/10 Substitutes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 

Marouane Fellaini 

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