August 10, 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo impressed Manchester United in a crucial 2-0 win over Brighton.

The Portuguese ended their goal drought with a powerful run and finish but missed two close range headers to keep United in control of the game.

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Cristiano Ronaldo led, for example, and declared Manchester United the winner.Credit: Getty
Scott McTomine struggled again - even getting in Ronaldo's way at one point.

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Scott McTomine struggled again – even getting in Ronaldo’s way at one point.Credit: PA

United struggled in the first half and relied on a counter-attack to create chances but more energy and efficient high pressing gave the early goal and Lewis Dunk a red card.

Ralph Ranginik still has a long way to go before he can work with Bruno Fernandez before he adds a second late but before he misses an easy opportunity but the midfielder is completely at risk and Brighton Could not control

United’s biggest concern is the midfield with Fred and Scott McTomen, who are guilty of multiple occupations.

Luke Shaw and Diego Deloitte also struggled at times under Brighton’s full press, but a determined defensive display – and the first clean sheet in four games – gave the Red Devils a valuable three points that took them to fourth.

Callen Hughes of Sunsport has rated United Display.

David de Gea – 8

Retained United in the game with two great saves in the first half, especially the second from Jacob Moder’s header.

Diego Dalot – 6

Brighton struggled to cope with the high press and many of its long balls got out of the way.

But he kept Brighton’s left hand relatively quiet despite struggling to overcome the threat posed by Anthony Elanga’s Mark Cocorella.

Victor Lindelov – 6

Despite Landloff’s physical advantage, Neil Moppe was allowed to get better when the ball was kept up.

Harry McGuire – 7

Recently questioned by fans but performed well in the absence of Raphael Varane.

Luke Shaw – 5

Like Duluth, he sometimes struggled to play from behind, although United midfielders could be accused of not giving him more options.

Moved more often because the game opened late but doesn’t seem to be the same player who performed so well last season.

Scott McTomine – 4

Yves Bissouma outperformed him in the first half, but he caught Brighton midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo’s key opener.

Fred – 5

Another player who looked more alive after half-time carelessly giving the ball early several times.

Jeddah Template – 7

The counter-attack looked dangerous but United should have taken the lead in the first ten minutes.

Apart from Bruno Fernandez, he was the most dangerous player on the pitch and needed to hit the ball more often – but that was United’s problem.

Bruno Fernandez – 8

Tried to get his side on the front foot but sometimes it was an ungrateful act as Brighton overcame the Red Devils at midfield.

With 20 minutes left, he missed a great opportunity to put the game to bed, but he saved himself when he fired into United’s second, which was more or less the last kick of the game.

Anthony Elanga – 5

Struggled to get into a match against a tough opponent at Cucurella, who played very well.

But he played a key role in helping United regain control, punching Lewis Dunk’s ball, which resulted in a foul on Elanga which led to his dismissal.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 8

After missing a chance in the first half, he looked disappointed with his teammates again.

So he took matters into his own hands shortly after half-time, confronting Brighton’s two defenders before throwing the ball into the bottom corner.

But he could have hat-tricked with two headed chances – one saved by Sanchez brilliantly but the other he flew wide when he really needed to find the back of the net.

Subs

Paul Pogba (for Fred, 74)

Fernandez made an immediate impact off the bench with a block shot before playing with a beautifully weighted pass.

Maintaining a well-deserved possession, Fernandes provided a platform for the killer to attack in search of a second goal that never came.

Marcus Rashford (for Elanga, 79)

Despite the opening of the game, the match failed to make an impact and the action from the end to the end was in line with his style of play.

Alex Tales (for template, 80)

To avoid losing another lead, Ranginak was brought in to tighten the defense and did what he was asked to do.

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