Mason Greenwood completed Manchester United’s spirited second-half fightback as they came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Danny Welbeck headed the Seagulls into a deserved lead against his former club (13) with a lacklustre United having failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
But Marcus Rashford restored parity with his 19th goal of the season (62) before Greenwood stooped to head in Paul Pogba’s mis-hit as Brighton’s resolve was broken with seven minutes remaining.
The result comes as a relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side stay second on 60 points – meaning Manchester City still require a further 11 to be confirmed as champions. Brighton stay 16th, six points clear of the relegation zone.
Brighton were seeking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2018, and Graham Potter stuck with the same team that dismantled Newcastle in their previous fixture before the international break.
United welcomed back Edinson Cavani, and they came close to breaking the deadlock inside nine minutes when Bruno Fernandes’ cross was headed out only as far as Mason Greenwood but his low shot struck Robert Sanchez’s left-hand post.
United had won five successive meetings with the Seagulls but that was as good as it got for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the first half as the visitors began to assert themselves – and they edged in front four minutes later.