Brighton's Steve Sidwell Hails 'Fantastic' Season After Defaeting Manchester United

The German forward got on the end of a sharp Jose Izquierdo cross from the left and the ball crossed the line before Marcus Rojo's desperate attempt to keep it out.

Brighton's remaining games see them travel to face Premier League Champions Manchester City on Wednesday night, with their final match taking place at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday 13th May. United then missed two final chances with Lingard put off just before taking his shot as he misses from about 12 yards out and Martial's header just going wide and really summed up a poor game for United and a remarkable victory for Brighton which all but guaranteed them safety.

That interview with Sky Sports inspired Neville to suggest Mourinho is ready to call time on the United careers of some of his big names, with Martial among those appearing to be criticised in his post match comments at Brighton.

United were beaten 1-0 at the Amex Stadium on Friday night thanks to Pascal Gross' second-half victor - a result that secured Brighton's Premier League survival.

"It was not good enough", said Mourinho.

Winning promotion last season after years of trying and failing to make the Premier League was a major achievement for Brighton.

Brighton: Mat Ryan (out of 10) 6, Bruno 6, Shane Duffy 7, Lewis Dunk 7, Gaetan Bong 6, Dale Stephens 7, Davy Propper 6, Anthony Knockaert 7, Pascal Gross 7, Jose Izquierdo 6, Glenn Murray 6.

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United manager, Mourinho handed Marcus Rashford his first start in a long while since the duo of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were out injured.

Earlier in the game, David De Gea was impressive for the visitors, ensuring all Brighton's attempts were stopped from touching the back of his net, with several saves to deny the home team. "That's what happened - it's normal and we couldn't score a goal and get a point".

United, who had 68 percent possession but few meaningful attempts, launched a fierce onslaught in the closing stages but Brighton's defence held firm.

The goal was awarded thanks to goal-line technology.

"I wasn't sure", said Gross.

"I believe he has to stay if he's got anything about him". People always ask: 'Why always Lukaku?' Well, now they know why always Lukaku, and why always this player and why always that player.

  • Lawrence Cooper