Mason Greenwood’s 83rd-minute header completed a hard-fought comeback win against Brighton as Man Utd strengthened their grip on second spot; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “When he gets those goals, we know that he’s going to add another dimension to his game”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was as delighted by Manchester United’s character against Brighton as the manner of Mason Greenwood’s scrappy winner as the teenager showed “another dimension to his game”.
The Red Devils’ first Premier League match in three weeks got off to a poor start as Danny Welbeck scored an early opener against his former club.
United were lucky not to be further behind at the break as Brighton eyed a first-ever victory at Old Trafford.
But Solskjaer’s side rallied impressively after half-time, with a fine Marcus Rashford finish complemented by 19-year-old Greenwood wrapping up a 2-1 win with a diving header.
We’ve done that a few times this season, haven’t we? We’re getting used to it,” Solskjaer said after his side won an eighth Premier League match in which they conceded first.
“You don’t really want to be in those positions, 1-0 down. It was a sloppy mistake in midfield, we don’t stop the cross, we don’t defend the cross, so we gave ourselves work to do. I think we’ve done that so many times this season that the team doesn’t panic.
“We know we have to build momentum, the ball has to move quicker, we have to move more in tandem with each other. The two goals we scored were good goals and we deserved to win the game in the end I felt.”
Asked if the scrappy winner was his favourite goal by Greenwood to date, former striker Solskjaer said: “Yeah, definitely, and I’m so happy for him.
“I’m pleased with his overall performance again very good. He was bright, tidy, clean on the ball, hit the post and one that went over the bar, maybe deflected, in the second half.
“When he gets those goals, we know that he’s going to add another dimension to his game. I’m very, very pleased.”
Greenwood’s role could be increased in the coming weeks with Rashford limping off with a foot issue on Sunday and Anthony Martial potentially ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.