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Man Utd 2-1 Brighton: Five talking points as Mason Greenwood seals comeback victory

Manchester United again pulled off their trick of coming back from 1-0 down to pick up three points as Mason Greenwood came up trumps.

The young forward, who has endured a difficult campaign, headed home from close range late on to seal the come-from-behind victory.

The Seagulls, who are still trying to consolidate their top flight status, were seeking a first ever win at Old Trafford.

Welbeck gave them the best possible start when he headed home early on against his former side.

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Brighton were good value for their lead as the hosts put in a dire showing in the opening 45.

Inevitably United upped their game after the break and Marcus Rashford’s cool finish levelled the contest.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continued to press and found the winner that strengthens their hand as they eye a second-placed finish.

Here are five talking points from Old Trafford.

Mason Greenwood grabbed Man Utd's late winner
Mason Greenwood grabbed Man Utd’s late winner

1. A season of moments

The league table doesn’t lie – or so they say – so United’s top four position is a fair reflection of their results.

Yes, their results. Not their performances. For large parts of this season United have played in moments with their big players helping them win games they perhaps didn’t deserve to.

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They’ve made a habit of recovering from 1-0 down and clearly old habits die hard.

Following a dreadful first-half United again managed to respond after the break with Rashford levelling the scores.

After his strike the hosts by no means hammered home their advantage, but in the final ten minutes Greenwood came up with a telling poachers finish.

Marcus Rashford slotted home the equaliser
Marcus Rashford slotted home the equaliser

2. Rashford answers again

Solskjaer defended his use of Rashford in the lead up to their clash with Brighton insisting his striker was “durable”.

The forward missed England’s latest set of games with an injury but came straight back into the United XI.

Rashford has been a crucial figure ever since Solskjaer took charge which has resulted in a heavy workload.

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The No 10 showed why so much faith has been put in him with the crucial equalising goal.

United still have plenty riding on this season meaning Rashford is likely to play a key role.

He was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining, even though the game was still in the balance, with Solskjaer clearly conscious of the demands placed upon him.

Danny Welbeck headed home the opener
Danny Welbeck headed home the opener

3. Henderson remains on top

Dean Henderson was given a run of games during David de Gea’s absence earlier this season.

But the narrative throughout the year has been that the Spaniard, when available, remains the club’s first choice.

So it seems that a changing of the guard is occurring with Henderson preferred over the club’s long-term No 1, who occupied a spot on the bench.

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The England shot stopper has now started United’s last seven games in all competitions.

There have been calls for Henderson to usurp De Gea and Solskjaer may finally be making the tough call he has dodged throughout the year.

Dean Henderson has reprised his starting role
Dean Henderson has reprised his starting role

4. A forward blow

Solskjaer confirmed before the contest that Anthony Martial would miss the remainder of the season.

The Frenchman has been far from his best this term as he continues to reinforce his inconsistent reputation.

It does leave the United boss lacking for options however, which makes Greenwood’s striker all the more timely given his struggles this term.

Going forward they were seriously lacking in ideas against Brighton and Solskjaer doesn’t have the options to mix things up like some of his rivals do.

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5. Oh Danny boy

Welbeck was deemed surplus to requirements under Louis van Gaal back in 2014.

At the time it seemed a harsh decision given how the striker had developed at a young age.

The move came back to bite the Dutch manager as Welbeck returned for Arsenal just months later and scored to dump them out of the FA Cup.

Welbeck has since played for Watford and now finds himself at Brighton.

No doubt he still feels like he has a point to prove so it seems inevitable that he would pop up to score for the Seagulls.

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