Solskjaer: Manchester United Lucky To Beat Brighton

September 27, 2020
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was relieved to benefit from a winning goal “scored after the final whistle” following Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 Premier League win at Brighton.

Bruno Fernandes converted from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game 10 minutes into added time to snatch three points for United from a crazy, incident-packed encounter.

Referee Chris Kavanagh had initially blown for full-time before awarding the spot-kick having consulted the pitchside monitor and opted to penalise Neal Maupay for handball.

United boss Solskjaer admitted his side were fortunate to avoid dropping points for the second successive match following last weekend’s shock loss to Crystal Palace and wants his players to make a habit of grabbing late goals.

The Norwegian also joked he was grateful his predecessor Jose Mourinho was not at the Amex Stadium to measure the goal posts after impressive Albion remarkably struck the woodwork five times.

“I don’t think we’ve ever scored after the final whistle, that’s right. But, of course, the handball was before full-time so it’s probably right thing to do,” said Solskjaer.

“And for us it’s a big thing. We have discussed it this season, we need more late goals.

“We were the team that lost the fewest games – apart from Liverpool – last season. But we drew too many.

“To get two extra points after conceding the equaliser so late on is a great boost for us.

“We’ve got to be honest enough to say they created the most chances, probably 50-50ish possession.

“But they had loads of shots, they had big chances. We need to improve a lot in the weeks coming forward.”

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