Manchester United came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 on Sunday to cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to 14 points.
Not for the first time this season, United needed a second-half fightback after a dismal first 45 minutes to take all three points thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. Danny Welbeck deservedly opened the scoring for the Seagulls against his old club before Lewis Dunk hit the crossbar for the visitors.
However, Brighton also repeated the story of their season as they failed to make the most of their dominance before the break.
Rashford slotted home an equaliser on 62 minutes from Bruno Fernandes’ pass to reward United’s marked improvement.
Fernandes was involved again for the winner as his cross was volleyed back across goal by Paul Pogba and into the path of Greenwood to head home just his second league goal of the season.
United’s chances of chasing down City look forlorn with the runaway league leaders needing just 11 points from their remaining seven games to seal a third title in four years.
But victory opened up an 11-point cushion for the Red Devils over fifth-placed Tottenham and Liverpool in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
“It’s a long way up (to City), but we want to consolidate second place,” said Solskjaer.