Manchester United go into the international break in positive mood after comfortably beating Brighton 3-1 at Old Trafford today.
Perhaps buoyed by their impressive display against Partizan Belgrade in midweek, Manchester United started the game full of intent and would deservedly take the lead after 17 minutes through a deflected Andreas Pereira strike.
Solskjaer’s men would go in at half-time two up after Brighton midfielder Davy Propper diverted a Harry Maguire knockdown into his own net.
Brighton did look to be right back in the game with 25 minutes left to play when Lewis Dunk powered home a header from a Pascal Gross corner.
However, United would almost immediately regain their two-goal cushion, with in-form attacker Marcus Rashford smashing home a cut back from strike partner Anthony Martial.
Rashford then had the chance to kill the game off completely but fluffed his lines with the goal gaping, a miss than many are describing as the worst of the season.
However, United saw out the win with relative ease and now move up to seventh in the Premier League table. Speaking after the game Red Devils winger Daniel James praised his sides high press and insisted they could have scored a bagful of goals against the Seagulls.
“The high press paid off, that’s what we have been about all season, playing with energy right from the start,” James told Sky Sports.
“We were a little bit edgy when they scored and it was good to score again on the break. But we could have scored also seven or eight goals.”
Wales international then remained diplomatic when quizzed about Rashford’s horror miss.
“Marcus normally scores a lot of those goals, thankfully when he missed we were already 3-1 up,” he added.
Next up for United after the international break is a trip to sixth placed Sheffield United.