Manchester United beat Brighton for the second time in four days, with Paul Pogba scoring a free-kick to help seal their progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
On Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needed a dramatic late penalty, awarded via VAR after the full-time whistle had blown, to beat the Seagulls 3-2 in a game packed with incident.
This was a less frantic and fun affair, played out by largely second-string sides and in periods of torrential rain.
And it was settled in far more routine fashion, with midfielder McTominay finding space in the box to head home Juan Mata’s free-kick from close range in the first half.
Having sent on both Pogba and Marcus Rashford, Mata then sealed the result with a cool finish from inside the box after he was found by a neat flick from Donny van de Beek.
Pogba added the garnish with a direct set-piece that found the top corner via a deflection.
It was an otherwise even game for large periods, with chances for both sides.
Odion Ighalo hit the side-netting from an angle after taking the ball around home goalkeeper Jason Steele, while Leandro Trossard drew a superb save from Dean Henderson in the United net with a shot from close range.
More to follow.
- 33BurnBooked at 43mins
- 34VeltmanBooked at 79mins
- 49MolumbySubstituted forSandersat 81′minutes
- 16JahanbakhshSubstituted forMaupayat 50′minutes
- 42GyökeresSubstituted forTrossardat 63′minutes
- 10Mac Allister
- 2LindelöfBooked at 86mins
- 17FredSubstituted forLingardat 81′minutes
- 34van de Beek
- 21JamesSubstituted forPogbaat 69′minutes
- 25IghaloSubstituted forRashfordat 69′minutes
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Manchester United 3.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Manchester United 3.
Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).
Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Mac Allister.
Attempt missed. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dan Burn.
Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).
Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata.
Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
Attempt saved. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Donny van de Beek.
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leandro Trossard tries a through ball, but Dan Burn is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Burn.
Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Fred.