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Solskjaer relieved to seal win that keeps Red Devils ahead in the fight for second spot


Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford


Marcus Rashford

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saluted his striker Mason Greenwood after the teenager's first Premier League goal at Old Trafford this season rocked Brighton.

Danny Welbeck nodded the visitors in front from close range, but Marcus Rashford levelled and with eight minutes remaining, Greenwood headed home after Paul Pogba's volley had bounced into the ground.

Brighton looked set for the first Old Trafford victory in their history, but United fought back and the result gives them an 11-point cushion in the battle for a top-four place, although West Ham and Everton could reduce that to eight if they both win their matches in hand.

"Mason (Greenwood) was mature," said Solksjaer. "Today he was one of our brightest players. He was clean, he was tidy and he got the goal. It's a header inside the six-yard box and that's what we need more from Mason.

"It's always difficult to play Brighton. We have had good results and we've had to earn them the hard way. We managed to find a way in the second half. Danny (Welbeck) was in United's reserves when I was the coach. He is a big talent. It's great to see him back playing with all the injuries he has had.

"We gave it away sloppily (for his goal). Dean (Henderson) makes a good save first but then the rebound comes in."

On, Rashford's equaliser, Solskjaer added: "It was a long ball which went up, we won it and it was great by Bruno (Fernandes) to carry the ball. He's hacked down as well!

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"The finish was excellent - calm and composed. Marcus has been working on that a lot."

Welbeck said: "It's a club that I've got a lot of affection for, that gave me my chance, but once you get on the pitch it's 11 v 11, we want to get the points. You've just got to be professional and do your job."

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