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Fernandes 9 out of 10 Greenwood 8 out of 10 as United extend unbeaten run and inch closer to Chelsea

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Rob DawsonCorrespondent

Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes.

The Portugal midfielder scored either side of half-time after teenager Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring, to leave United two points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dominated the game to stretch their unbeaten run to 14 games ahead of back-to-back games against two teams in the relegation places, Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

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Positives

It’s hard to believe Greenwood is in his first full season of senior football. His 13th goal of the season was a beauty — a clever movement, followed by a driving run and a clinical finish with his left foot — and it set United on their way to a valuable three points. The 18-year-old is establishing himself as a valuable part of Solskjaer’s first-choice front three and could yet end the campaign with 20 goals over all competitions, which would be an incredible achievement for a player so young and still so inexperienced. With his goal here, he also became the first United player to score six Premier League goals before turning 19.

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Negatives

None. It’s not often everything goes to plan but it did today for United. They scored goals, kept another clean sheet — their second since the restart — and Solskjaer had the luxury of bringing off Fernandes early ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday. It could not have gone much better.

Manager rating (out of 10)

7 — His big decision was whether to start with Daniel James or Greenwood and he got it right. United were already well into their stride before Greenwood gave the visitors the lead and after Fernandes punished Brighton’s poor start with a second on 29 minutes, the result never looked in doubt. United’s next five…