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Brighton vs Manchester United: Red Devils End Season with Win but Miss Out on Europe

Manchester United ended their Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Brighton at The Amex Stadium, but it wasn’t enough to secure European football. United finished eighth, their lowest position since the league’s formation in 1992, and must now win the FA Cup final against Manchester City to qualify for the Europa League.

Match Summary

Brighton dominated much of the game but failed to capitalize on their chances. Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute, scoring from a long ball by Casemiro. Substitute Rasmus Hojlund sealed the win with a solo effort two minutes from time.

Key Moments

  • Brighton’s Missed Opportunities: Joao Pedro had a shot cleared off the line by Casemiro, and Adam Webster’s header was deflected over by Lisandro Martinez.
  • Dalot’s Opener: Dalot scored after a defensive error by Brighton, providing United a much-needed lead.
  • Hojlund’s Goal: Hojlund’s late strike ensured the victory, though it did not impact United’s league standing.


  • Manchester United: United must beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final to secure European football next season. Manager Erik ten Hag’s future may hinge on this result after a disappointing league campaign.
  • Brighton: Brighton, finishing 11th, will now search for a new manager following Roberto De Zerbi’s departure. De Zerbi received a warm send-off from the fans, highlighting his positive impact on the club.

Player of the Match

  • Diogo Dalot: The Portuguese full-back was instrumental in both defense and attack, scoring the crucial opener and providing a consistent outlet on the left.

Looking Ahead

Manchester United’s season now rests on their FA Cup final against Manchester City. A win would salvage their campaign and ensure European competition next season. Brighton will focus on rebuilding under a new manager, aiming to improve their league performance next year.

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