(Brighton – Manchester United 0-3) Only three of 22 players gained “renewed confidence” from Saturday’s league match between the same teams. Juan Mata (32) was among the new faces who thanked and bowed when he got the chance.
– Super performance from Mata. He was the one who controlled our game, says Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær to Sky Sports.
The Spaniard both acquired and hit the free kick that led to United’s lead, before he himself scored the guests’ second goal.
In a rain-heavy and chance-poor match, he thus secured advancement in the Carabao Cup for Ole Gunnar Solskjær & co, who made many changes to the team in the tight match program.
For the second time in four days, Brighton were opponents on the same away field.
Only Victor Lindelöf was left
. Brighton manager Graham Potter also made nine changes for the guests.
– We show today that everyone is ready to play, says Juan Mata to Sky Sports.
It was Scott McTominay who scored the first goal, before Juan Mata doubled the lead.
When the Spaniard doubled the lead, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba had entered the field for the guests.
– We wanted him in the last 25 minutes to get some minutes and combat training in his legs, Solskjær says about having replaced Pogba.
The latter was very involved in increasing the lead to 3-0. The Frenchman swept away a hard shot, which went through the back of Dutchman Joel Veltman and into goal.
Brighton, however, had a great chance with Belgian Leandro Trossard at the position 0-1, but second goalkeeper Dean Henderson kept up with a fever save.