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25/11/17 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Greetings, I'm Thariq (@LeFalseNumber12) and we're minutes away from United kicking off against Brighton.

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  2. If you didn't know already Jose fields the same team that lined up against Newcastle last week.


    De Gea

    Valencia (c) Lindelof Smalling Young

    Matic Pogba

    Martial Mata Rashford

    Lukaku

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  3. Subs are: Romero, Rojo, Fellaini, Herrera, McTominay, Mkhitaryan & Ibrahimovic.

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  4. Couple of things to note:

    1) There are no natural fullbacks on the bench and the ones starting are converted wingers.

    2) Lindelof gets the nod despite a few shaky moments against Newcastle. Making the starting XI should be a good confidence boost at least for the Swede.

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  5. Brighton line up as follows: Ryan, Bruno (c), Bong, Dunk, Stephens, Knockaert, Gross, Murray, March, Duffy, Propper.

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  6. Brighton Subs: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal, Izqueirdo, Brown, Hemed



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  7. In truth United should look to score a few goals against the visitors. It'll be interesting to see how the front four click today & the defense will be hoping to keep a clean sheet after conceding for the first time at Old Trafford in the league last week.

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  8. That said Brighton shouldn't be taken lightly as they currently sit 12th in the table. And if anyone needs reminding the last time United faced a promoted side it ended up in defeat.

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  9. RASHFORD KICKS OFF. This could be a day where patience may be required against Brighton who'll no doubt try to keep the game tight.

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  10. Chris Smalling passing masterclass...his ball for Ashley Young goes out for a throw.

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  11. CHANCE...which Lukaku fluffs in all honesty. It's starts from Pogba who plays a nice pass to Lukaku who exchanges passes with Martial. Lukaku finds a little space for a shot just outside the area but sends his shot high and wide.




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  12. CHANCE FOR BRIGHTON! United's left flank exposed (as it was against Newcastle for their goal). Anthony Knockaert plays a one-two and dashes into the area. He sends the ball across the six-yard box but fortunately for the home side no one was there to finish the chance. A let off there.

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  13. United starting to turn the screw but Brighton to their credit are keeping a good shape.


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  14. Pogba is played into the right hand side of the area and tries to square a pass to Martial but it's cut out. United are starting to press Brighton back.

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  15. But Brighton play their way out and patiently work their way up the pitch. Valencia is deemed to have fouled Solly and Brighton have a free kick in a dangerous position.

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  16. It's on United's right just in line with the area. Pascal Gross sends in a decent free kick but it's cleared.

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  17. United probing, Brighton closing the gaps and breaking intelligently. This is turning into quite the game of cat and mouse.

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  18. BRIGHTON CHANCE! It's well worked as Young is completely sold on the byline. The cutback finds a Brighton player with a decent sight on goal but De Gea saves comfortably.

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  19. It was Bruno with the cutback and Gross with the shot.

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  20. Pogba strikes one from distance but it strikes the defender and floats to Mat Ryan.

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  21. Knockaert has a tame effort on United's goal but Brighton are playing intelligently.

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  22. Young tries to repay the favour to Bruno, sells him a dummy and finds room to cross but nothing comes of it.

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  23. Brighton have the ball and United shaping in a 442 with Mata on the right and Rashford upfront with Lukaku.


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  24. Anthony Knockaeart is seeing a fair bit of the ball for Brighton and he has looked pretty sharp thus far.


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  25. Brighton fans finding their voice chanting about Glenn Murray. United fans respond but it's fair to say that United aren't exactly having their own way.

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  26. Brighton get another cross into the area. Murray gets a hold of the ball but Lindelof gets a foot in to nick the ball away from the striker and avert any potential danger.

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  27. Pattern of play is United seeing a lot of the ball with Brighton staying disciplined. They've been well drilled by Chris Hughton. Pogba and Matic seeing a lot of the ball.


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  28. United get a free kick by Brighton's penalty area on the left. Mata plays it short to Young who sends a ball in. Lukaku jumps but it hits his back and tamely falls to Ryan. United really haven't tested the opposing keeper yet.


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  29. Smalling fouls Glenn Murray on United's left. Brighton have another free kick in a dangerous area.

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  30. Knockaert swings it in but it's headed away by Lukaku who starts a counter but it's snuffed out by Duffy as Rashford tried to carry the break on.


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  31. Now United have a free kick on Brighton's right. Rashford takes it and it had pace to it. Brighton clear it though.

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  32. Pogba seeing a lot of the ball but perhaps United need to see Mata receiving the ball higher up the pitch to try and unlock the Brighton defense.

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  33. The heavens have opened at Old Trafford.

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  34. Once again Brighton look dangerous down United's left. Knockaert makes a break with Young high up the pitch but Red defenders get back before the attack became too dangerous.

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  35. United with a corner which Rashford takes. It's cleared but United are trying to pen Brighton back. The Seagulls try to clear to relieve the pressure but the ref give a free kick as Murray fouls Young.

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  36. The camera lasers in on Ibra. Could he have a decisive say on proceedings?

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  37. United creating chances but can't seem to get a shot on target. Valencia drives into the box and stands up a cross but it's a bit too high for Lukaku who can only head it wide.



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  38. Young goes on a mazy dribble and ends up in the Brighton box but his cross can't find a teammate.

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  39. Lindelof, who's been steady thus far, gives away a free kick. There's an opportunity to show off his distribution should he build on his performance.

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  40. Valencia gives away another foul. That's the third on my count. The ref has a short word.

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  41. CHANCE FOR BRIGHTON. The free kick is floated in and a Brighton head gets a flick on. Murray desperately tries to reach it but couldn't quite get his head to it.

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  42. Lukaku plays a clever pass to Mata in the box. The Spaniard could only lay the ball back to the Belgian and the subsequent cross is harmless.

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  43. Young bursts into the Brighton area but after his good work he unfortunately couldn't find a teammate.

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  44. Hard to really think of a clear cut chance created by Jose Mourinho's men.

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  45. Rashford sends in a lovely cross which Ryan punches away. United with the corner.


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  46. OFF THE LINE TWICE! Rashford crosses the ball and it's a beauty for Lukaku.


    The Belgian heads it towards goal but it's saved by Ryan. Pogba tries to stab the ball in but it's cleared off the line. Pogba hurt himself in the scramble but thankfully he looks okay.



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  47. HALF TIME - MANCHESTER UNITED 0:0 BRIGHTON

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  48. It's been a a game of cat and mouse and Brighton have acquitted themselves well coming to Old Trafford with a clear game plan. Certainly looks like one of these games where patience will be a virtue.

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  49. United do have Ibra, Fellaini and Mkhitarayn on the bench. Could any of them come on to give Brighton something else to think about?

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  50. Will Jose make any changes during the half? Brighton have been disciplined but United haven't looked too fluent going forward.

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  51. United twitter not too impressed with the first half performance. Can things change in the next 45 minutes?



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  52. BRIGHTON fashion a dangerous chance. The Seagulls work their way into the area on United's left. Smalling is completely done by Gross who flashes a ball across the box. Once again no one was there to profit for Brighton.


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  53. Rashford tries to inject some pace on United's right. Bong leans into Rash and the youngster goes down but the ref gives nothing. In the subsequent move Mata tries a shot but it dribbles through to Ryan.


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  54. Pogba sends a ball through to Martial who finds space on the byline but his cross couldn't find a United player.

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  55. A little more urgency from United. Martial gets the ball on the left and passes it to Young. The United fullback opens up a bit of space for himself but his left foot shot flashes wide.
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  56. Brighton get a free kick by the halfway line and it's floated into the box by Knockaert. United look vulnerable but clear their lines.


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  57. Lindelof with a great crunching tackle preventing a near certain break for Brighton.

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  58. Old Trafford is finding its voice. That tackle by Lindelof on Knockaert seems to have stirred the crowd. It's hard to overstate how important that tackle was by Lindelof. Had he mistimed it he could have been in trouble with the ref or Brighton could have been in on De Gea's goal.

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  59. The Old Trafford crowd is really trying to lift the team and United are responding with more urgency.

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  60. Glenn Murray has been shown a yellow card.



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  61. ZLATAN IS COMING ON


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  62. Ibrahimovic is getting instructions from Rui Faria. Meanwhile Brighton get into a good area but the cross is dealt with by United.

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  63. IBRA on for MATA

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  64. Lindelof wins the ball high up the pitch and United attack the Brighton box. Ibra tries to send one in but it goes behind for a corner.

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  65. Rashford takes the corner but it's cleared. Lindelof passes the ball back to Rashford who turns the Brighton fullback inside out and sends a cross in but it's cleared.

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  66. Lindelof looking more aggressive in his play. A conscious effort there from the Swede.

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  67. Lukaku chases down a lost cause and wins a corner...

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  68. GOAL MANCHESTER UNITED - ASHLEY YOUNG VIA A BIG DEFLECTION

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  69. Rashford takes the corner and it's cleared to Young on the edge of the areal. Young hits it with his left but it takes a massive deflection off Dunk and sails into the top corner past a hapless Ryan. Cruel on Brighton but United lead.


    MANCHESTER UNITED 1 - 0 BRIGHTON

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  70. Young is relishing the game at the moment. He get to the byline but his cross couldn't find anyone.

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  71. A touch of controversy about the lead up to the goal. Lukaku chased a lost cause down and slid in to win try and win the ball by the byline. He got a touch but it's unclear whether the Brighton player got a touch or not.


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  72. MKHITARYAN on for MARTIAL

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  73. Mkhitaryan has certainly had the treatment from Jose in recent days in the press. Can the Armenian shake off his bad form?

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  74. Brighton break dangerously. Zlatan is dispossessed and the Seagulls fly to the other end of the pitch. Duffy gets into the box but Smalling does enough to break the attack

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  75. Brighton making a double change.


    Murray is off for Hemed

    and

    March is off for Izquierdo

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  76. Knockaert sends another dangerous ball across United's box. Brighton understandably opening up and Knockaert gets the better of Young and fizzes another dangerous ball. He could justifiably ask why no one has met any of his crosses. He's been impressive today

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  77. Brighton are getting some joy down United's left. Bruno sends another dangerous cross but one again no one is there for Brighton to profit.


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  78. FELLAINI on for RASHFORD

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  79. 10 minutes left.

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  80. Ibra gets a sight on goal but his shot is deflected behind for a corner. Mkhitarayan comes over to take the kick.

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  81. The Armenian sends it in deep and it's met be Smalling but out for a goal kick.


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  82. Brighton pushing up higher as United sit a little deeper.

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  83. Brighton get another free kick in United's half. Matic with the foul.

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  84. CHANCE! Gross sends a delicious freekick and Shane Duffy leaps high and has a very presentable opportunity to draw level. United escape.

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  85. DUFFY with a dangerous tackle on Ibra. I've seen reds given for that.






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  86. Ibra though plays Mkhitaryan in but the Armenian can't get his shot away.

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  87. CHANCE! Lovely link up play involving Lukaku, Pogba and Ibra which ends up with the Swede having a shot which goes wide.



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  88. 5 minutes of stoppage time.

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  89. Ibra the furthest forward as Brighton press up high.

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  90. United nearly there.

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  91. Jose is animated on the sideline. He knows how important the points are.

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  92. The five minutes are up

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  93. And the referee blows. United win the points but my word they made hard work of it and required a huge slice of luck to get the breakthrough.

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  94. The match itself wasn't pretty and though United didn't play well credit Brighton making it a really tough match. On another day they may have snatched a goal.


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  95. The cliche is that winning whilst playing poorly is always a good thing. Indeed last season United would have been pegged back but not this campaign. Another clean sheet for the backline to treasure.


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  96. Another plus was Victor Lindelof performing with calm and assuredness. Put in one full blooded tackle too Anthony Knockaert.

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  97. Anyway another win at home. Another three points. It was a hard slog but on a day like this it's all about the result.

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  98. Here's a stat before we leave: this was United's 39th game at Old Trafford without defeat. That's quite the record.


    And with that I bid you a fond farewell. My name is Thariq and if you want to get in touch via the medium of Twitter my handle is @LeFalseNumber12.


    Seeya and have fun.




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