Manchester United beat Brighton 2-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford and this is how we rated the players. – Sport Media News

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Manchester United moved back up to fourth in the table after they beat Brighton 2-0 in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Brighton looked the better side throughout the first half but Ronaldo struck after the break to give United the lead.

That was Ronaldo’s first goal for six matches and his ninth in the league this season. The 37-year-old didn’t celebrate in his usual manner and looked more relieved as he ran into the corner after ending his longest goal drought for over a decade.

Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was sent off shortly after that goal and United searched for a second. Bruno Fernandes scored deep in stoppage time to make it two and the Reds moved up to fourth in the Premier League, moving above West Ham.

Ralf Rangnick was animated on the touchline and fist-pumped the result.

Andreas Pereira is set to complete a permanent move to current loan side Flamengo soon.

However, ESPN Brasil have explained why a deal hasn’t taken place yet.

Once the deal is confirmed, Flamengo will have to wait around five-days before they can officially register the player, something they’ve been reluctant to do in case he misses a big match.

Flamengo face Atlético in the Super Cup this wweekend, so they will look to complete the deal after he has played in that match.

United have cancelled plans to visit Hong Kong as part of their pre-season tour this summer.

United had explored the possibility of visiting the region this summer to play a friendly match, but will be unable to make the trip because authorities are unable to relax their coronavirus rules.

Hong Kong still has some of the world’s strictest Covid-19 restrictions as the city battles a fifth wave of infections — including a two-week quarantine period for any visitors from the United Kingdom.

United are set to tour Australia this summer and could face Melbourne Victory in a friendly match, according to reports.

News Corp Australiaunderstands Melbourne is the likely host city for the match, and that United will also take on Victory while in Victoria.

Sources have also suggested United could play up to four matches in Australia.

Paris Saint-Germain will look to tempt Paul Pogba with a mega offer this summer, according to a report.

The Daily Mail comment on the future of the Frenchman and admit he could yet remain at Old Trafford if he is convinced of their vision between now and the end of the season.

However, they also warn French giants PSG are ‘assembling a lucrative homecoming package’ in order to tempt him back to his homeland.

Paul Pogba has been praised by former Red Dion Dublin for his role in changing the game last night.

Paul Pogba is out of contract at the end of the season but is still undecided on his next step.

Ralf Rangnick said Cristiano Ronaldo produced his best performance for weeks in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

Ronaldo ended his six-game goal drought with a thunderous strike in the 51st minute and for his 15th club goal of the season and should have scored more but wasted two presentable headed chances.

United have risen to fourth in the Premier League table by inflicting just the second away league defeat on Brighton all season and Rangnick was pleased with Ronaldo’s return to form.

Brighton boss Graham Potter said referee Peter Bankes and VAR Jarred Gillett should be stronger after being pressurised by Manchester United’s players over Lewis Dunk’s controversial red card.

Bankes reversed his decision and dismissed Dunk after reviewing the footage but Potter couldn’t understand why the VAR had got involved.

United are looking to sign a new defensive midfielder this summer and reports suggest Kalvin Phillips is of interest.

90 min comments on the future of the Leeds star and say United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle are all keeping a close eye on his situation.

David de Gea

His kicking was dismal but when the unmarked Jakub Moder headed at goal De Gea was at his optimum again with a super save. 8

Diogo Dalot

Did little wrong but also did little right on his eighth successive start. His attacking impact could be better but Dalot’s defending has improved. 6

Victor Lindelof

A late inclusion at the expense of the unwell Raphael Varane and performed respectably in his first game in four weeks. 6

Harry Maguire

Sloppy with his distribution at times and if there was a centre-back on the front foot it was Lindelof. Helped United keep a clean sheet. 6

Luke Shaw

So lax he was scolded by some supporters for not taking a throw-in urgently enough and was booked for a cynical foul on Tariq Lamptey. 6

Scott McTominay

Somewhat fortunate to start again and he struggled to impose himself against Yves Bissouma in the first-half but robbed him of the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal. 6


A rusty return from the Brazilian, whose inability to keep the ball represented a downgrade on the benched Paul Pogba. Made way for Pogba. 4

Bruno Fernandes

Seemed to spend most of the first-half either feigning agony or berating the referee. Stepped it up in the second and somehow didn’t score until added time. 7

Anthony Elanga

Caught on his heels too often and is another right-footed United forward who struggles on the right wing. On his toes to seize on Lewis Dunk’s mistake and get him dismissed. 6

Jadon Sancho

Had a good chance early on but should have played it to Fernandes or Ronaldo. Another decent evening for in the in-form winger. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo

Started well, engineering an opening for Sancho and took his goal magnificently to lift the mood. Should have scored more. 8

David de Gea has revealed Ralf Rangnick informed Manchester United to press higher at half-time on Tuesday night.

United beat Brighton 2-0 at Old Trafford to move up to fourth in the Premier League, but the game wasn’t straightforward.

Graham Potter’s side went toe-to-toe with United in the first half of the match and caused United problems, however, it was the Reds that would score the game’s opening goal after the interval when Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net.

Lewis Dunk received a red card shortly after that goal and Bruno Fernandes’ goal in stoppage time secured the three points.

Although Brighton went down to 10-men, United looked better in the second and De Gea revealed after the game that interim boss Rangnick told his players in the dressing room at half-time to press higher up the pitch.

“The message [at half-time] was that we are playing at home and we pressed high in the second half,” De Gea told BBC Sport.

“We controlled the game after the red card and there was a five minute spell when they came back.

“We should be fighting for more things than the top four, but that is the reality. There are many teams fighting for the same position and with the quality we have we should win a lot of points.”

United play Leeds next at Elland Road on Sunday, 20 February.

Paul Pogba’s knack for effecting games off the bench continued in Manchester United’s 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton.

Pogba dropped down to the bench after starting three successive games in his return from a three-month absence with a thigh injury but replaced Fred in the 73rd minute.

The Frenchman’s quick-thinking sparked a late breakaway that Bruno Fernandes finished with the final kick of the game to end United’s three-match run of draws and elevate them to fourth.

Pogba was involved during his first-half warm-up, addressing United’s shape and applauding Scott McTominay’s tenacity. The Frenchman helped United keep possession when Brighton were reduced to 10 men and his assist for Fernandes was his first since September.

“I think also Fred in the second-half did well but obviously with one player down it was also important to keep control and possession of the ball,” Ralf Rangnick explained. “And that’s why I decided to bring on Paul.

Pogba gifted his shirt to a young supporter at the end of the game and received a warm ovation as he disappeared down the tunnel.

The 28-year-old is out of contract at United in June and is still expected to leave on a free and Rangnick suggested it is in Pogba’s interests to play at a high level, if only to earn a desirable move elsewhere.

Pogba could return to the United XI at Leeds on Sunday before United face Atletico Madrid in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg next Wednesday.

Manchester United welcomed Brighton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

The fixture was originally scheduled to be played in December but it was postponed after a Covid-19 outbreak at United.

United headed into the game on the back of three successive 1-1 draws, but got back to winning ways thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

After a poor first half, Ralf Rangnick’s side came out much better following the break and the two Portuguese stars netted either side of a Lewis Dunk red card for a professional foul, given by VAR. Paul Pogba impressed off the bench and Jadon Sancho gave another promising performance on the left wing for United.

The win boosts United’s top four hopes and means they have still only lost one game in 90 minutes under Rangnick since he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The step-overs returned, there was a backheel, a strop and a goal of the month contender. All Cristiano Ronaldo was lacking was his signature celebration, instead opting for a knee-slide.

Usually, a goalscorer’s drought is ended through good fortune, not Ronaldo. The 15th goal of his second coming at Manchester United was arguably his best and certainly the most important.

Ronaldo had not gone seven games without scoring since United were champions of England, champions of Europe and champions of the world midway through 2008-09. This time, his impotent run ended at six games and Ronaldo may still back himself to match that season’s haul of 26 goals.

For now, United occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot and retaining Ronaldo for a second season depends on their presence in that competition. Thursday nights for Ronaldo have been nights off for as long as he has known in his professional career.

Paul Merson advises Man Utd against appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager; “PSG have appointed him to win the Champions League, but I don’t give PSG a chance of doing it this year so I’m not sure what the obsession is with Pochettino”

Merson says United shouldn’t waste any time in finding their next permanent manager, claiming they should go for Brendan Rodgers or Graham Potter now rather than wait until the summer.

Pochettino has been linked with the Old Trafford post, with the former Tottenham boss tasked with winning the Champions League at Paris Saint-Germain – a target Merson does not feel is achievable this season.

I don’t understand why Manchester United would be waiting for Mauricio Pochettino. I don’t get it. If Pochettino doesn’t win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain, why would they be going in for him?

You’ve got to remember he failed to win the French league last year, too. That’s virtually impossible to do. Everybody keeps saying they need to go out and get Pochettino but I don’t understand why.

It does my head in. It’s all I ever hear. What did he do? He got Tottenham to the final of the Champions League and his side finished third one year in the Premier League.

PSG have appointed him to win the Champions League, but I don’t give PSG a chance of doing it this year so I’m not sure what the obsession is with Pochettino.

United haven’t won a trophy for five years. How many managers have they had? Two? Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ralf Rangnick’s not the manager, he’s just a stopgap.

We’re still bought by an exotic name. Rangnick was at Schalke and RB Leipzig but at United he has to work with big players. They’re thinking, ‘what have you won?’ He’s won nothing.

Is someone going to come in around June and figure out that the side needs one or two players and everything will be fixed? It’s going to take more than that to get them up alongside Manchester City and Liverpool.

It’s phenomenal what’s going on at United. Why are they waiting to appoint a manager? It should be done now.

Football is all about timing. If Leicester were second in the Premier League right now and still in the cups, Brendan Rodgers would be the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next manager of Man Utd.

If I was in charge at United, I’d be going for Rodgers or Graham Potter now. People are still caught up on the Pochettino of seven years ago. If that’s the case, why isn’t everyone going for Claudio Ranieri again?

He won the league in 2016, Pochettino didn’t. He took Tottenham as far as he could, and then you’ve got someone like Rodgers who has done a far better job than what Pochettino did.

He only lost the league at Liverpool because of a slip. Now, he doesn’t even get a mention.

I find it shocking that some people are even talking about Brendan Rodgers being under pressure.

For me, there shouldn’t be any pressure on Rodgers at Leicester. Let’s put it in perspective: before the draw with West Ham, and even now, they’re in the top six for goals scored in the league.

They’ve hardly ever had their back four available – James Justin, Ricardo Pereira, Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans. I can’t remember the last time they all played together.

They were a good four, and let’s be honest the back-up isn’t good enough. They’re not like Manchester City. It’s come back to bite them but they’ve punched well above their weight the last couple of years.

They’ve won the FA Cup and it’s gone down to the last day of the season when they’ve missed out on the Champions League the last couple of years. This year, they’ve had injuries.

Leicester would be losing Rodgers at their own peril. He’s one of the best about as he improves players. They just haven’t had the players and have been picking Wilfred Ndidi at centre-half.

It’s like Chelsea playing Jorginho or N’Golo Kante in defence. You might get away with it for 10 minutes, but for entire football matches? I’m fully in Rodgers’ camp. I think he’s a phenomenal manager.

People are still calling for Pochettino at Man Utd and for Rodgers to be sacked at Leicester. The world has gone mad.

It’s a massive blow for Newcastle to be losing Kieran Trippier but they’ve now got to kick on. His two goals have been massive but it’s also his experience on the pitch and in the dressing room.

I can’t really express just how big a blow losing Trippier is for Newcastle.

He’s an international who has played in big games over his career so he’ll be a miss. He’s the type of player who wouldn’t let things get slack now all of a sudden they’ve got a few points on the board.

Credit where credit is due, winning three games on the trot is some going when you’re virtually bottom of the league.

If Arsenal did that, it’s a result. If West Ham were to do that now, they’ve got every chance of playing Champions League football next year. The Premier League is hard, so to win three straight games is impressive.

I’d like to know the last time a bottom three team won three on the trot at this stage of the season. It’s a hard thing to do.

There’s a long way to go. I was shocked by Watford’s performance last weekend against Brighton. It was really poor. They got battered and I’d fancied Watford having watched them at Burnley.

I’ve watched Burnley the last couple of games against Man Utd and Liverpool and I’m thinking they’re not out of it either. They were creating chances against their back fours so they’ll create them against the lesser teams.

Burnley are dangerous as they’ve got nothing to lose. They’re like a tennis player who is 5-4 down and aren’t serving. They just swing the racket!

It’s the same with some of the teams down there now. They’ll start swinging. They’ve got nothing to lose and that’s where these teams become very dangerous.

Norwich got beat 4-0 by Man City but I thought there were times in the opening 20 minutes where they caused City major problems so there’s a long way to go.

Winning three on the trot has created a bit of a gap, but we’ve seen how things can change so quickly and there’s a lot of matches still to play. If Newcastle only win one game between now and the end of the season, they’re getting relegated.

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