EPL Football

Brighton end Manchester United’s Champions League hope

Brighton & Hove Albion thrashed a woeful Manchester United 4-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday to officially rule United out of the running for a Champions League place next season.

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years if he stays at Manchester United next season 🤕

— GOAL (@goal) May 7, 2022

Ralf Rangnick’s side put up a little-to-no fight from the whistle and went a goal down early when Moises Caicedo opened the scoring for Brighton.

The hosts were unlucky not to go ahead by more before the break but carved up United in the second half with goals from Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard.

United have now conceded more goals than in any other league campaign, with the defeat guaranteeing their worst Premier League-era points tally.

The win was Brighton’s first at home since Boxing Day and puts them ninth in the table as they look to secure their first-ever top-half finish in the Premier League, while United remain sixth.

Brighton got off to a fine start and were rewarded after 15 minutes when Caicedo opened the scoring with a clinical finish through Victor Lindelof’s legs.

• Champions League hopes officially over
• Lowest ever PL points total in a season confirmed
• 56 goals conceded, most in a PL season
• First team to concede four to Watford and Brighton in the same top-flight season

Another miserable day for Manchester United

— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 7, 2022

The hosts were unlucky not to double their lead just before the break when Danny Welbeck pounced on Raphael Varane’s scuffed clearance with David de Gea off his line. However, the former England international lifted his attempt agonisingly over the bar.

Rangnick switched things up after halftime, bringing on Fred and Edinson Cavani in place of Anthony Elanga and Nemanja Matic but this did not prevent Brighton from finding a second on 49 minutes through Cucurella. The Spaniard picked up a Leandro Trossard cross in space, drilling the ball past De Gea and into the roof of the net.

Brighton 4-0 Manchester United

Five Premier League away defeats away in a row will be United’s worst run since 1981

— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 7, 2022

Pascal Gross added a third on 57 minutes from a superbly worked link of play that started with Roberto Sanchez from the back and ended with the German flicking the ball into the bottom-right corner after Cucurella and Trossard worked it up the pitch.

United’s collapse was evident as Brighton made it four just three minutes later, with Trossard bundling in from close range after Diogo Dalot initially cleared a Welbeck chip off the line.

United looked to have scored a consolation on 72 minutes when Harry Maguire headed the ball goalwards for Cavani to poke in the ball, but the forward was deemed to be offside and the goal was disallowed to leave Brighton with a clean sheet.

Courtesy: ESPN