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    Brighton 2 Man Utd 3: Fernandes nets penalty winner in 100th minute as Maupay goes from hero to villain in thriller

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER scored a few injury-time winners in his goal-poaching heyday.
    But even in the glory days of ‘Fergie Time’, he never managed a decisive goal AFTER the final whistle was blown.

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    Bruno Fernandes was the Manchester United matchwinner in a dramatic gameCredit: Reuters

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    The Portuguese midfielder does what he does best in the 100th minuteCredit: Reuters

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    Neal Maupay will have nightmares over shoving his arm up in the airCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Bruno Fernandes did just that to settle an afternoon of gloriousbedlam and hand Manchester United an extraordinarily lucky victory.
    When Solly March – who had just netted a 95th-minute equaliser -cleared a Harry Maguire header off the line, ref Chris Kavanagh blew the final whistle.
    Yet he was then persuaded by VAR official Simon Hooper to consult his pitch-side monitor and award a penalty for handball against Neal Maupay.

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    Solly March’s 95th minute winner looked to have settled itCredit: Getty – Pool
    And all this after Brighton became the first team to hit the goal frame FIVE times in a Premier League match since Opta stats began 17 years ago – with no team ever previously managing four.

    Graham Potter’s men struck both crossbars and three of the four posts and were also denied by VAR when they had a debatable penalty award overturned.
    So to say that United got lucky to claim this comeback victory is a vast understatement.
    A Lewis Dunk own goal and a brilliant Marcus Rashford effort had cancelled out Neal Maupay’s spot-kick opener.
    But United were fortunate to avoid back-to-back defeats at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time in 28 years as Brighton enjoyed more possession and many more scoring opportunities.

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    Marcus Rashford gets the plaudits for his brilliant goal putting United 2-1 upCredit: Reuters

    Solskjaer ended up with five at the back and two defensive midfielders as United clung on for dear life.
    It was a crucial win to lift the mood of despondency around Old Trafford – yet the performance did little to calm those supporters urging United to get busy in the transfer market.
    Solskjaer sounded confident that their opening defeat by Crystal Palace had simply been a blip, a result of United starting their season a week late and being caught cold.
    But United began tentatively here, with Brighton purposeful and the hosts almost went in front on nine minutes when Leandro Trossard turned and hammered a shot against the post.

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    Neal Maupay scored a beautiful panenka penaltyCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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    The striker then copied Kylian Mbappe’s celebrationCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Albion’s new sensation, wing-back Tariq Lamptey was soon darting inside, slipping past United players and winning a free-kick.
    When United discovered some attacking momentum, Mason Greenwood dragged a shot wide.
    But having hit one upright, Trossard then shook the other, anotherturn on the edge of the box followed by a low drive which had David De Gea beaten.
    Then the Spanish keeper pushed an Adam Webster header away onto the bar with United rocking.

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    Lewis Dunk was unlucky to poke past his own keeper that made it 1-1Credit: EPA
    They might have had the opener on 33 minutes when Anthony Martial toasted Ben White and supplied Marcus Rashford, who squared for Greenwood to shoot home only for an offside flag to deny him.
    Yet it was Brighton who took a deserved lead five minutes before the break when Bruno Fernandes – who had won and converted a fair few spot-kicks last season was penalised for tripping Lamptey.
    Fernandes, who had already been booked, was fortunate to escape a second yellow but Maupay was as cool as the sea breeze with a dinked slow-motion spot-kick.
    United were back on terms within three minutes, though, as Solly March chopped down Luke Shaw and Fernandes delivered a forceful free-kick to the back post where Nemanja Matic forced it back into the centre and Lewis Dunk, under pressure from Maguire, prodded into his own net.

    Solskjaer’s men had a huge let-off straight after the restart when Aaron Connolly fell under pressure from Paul Pogba and ref Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot.
    VAR official Simon Hooper told Kavanagh to take a look at his pitch-side monitor and with Maguire yelling ‘Come on Chris, it’s obvious’, the ref decided he had made a clear error, when in truth the decision could have gone either way.
    Yet VAR evened it up almost immediately, ruling out a Rashford effort, side-footed home from a Martial cross, for a marginal offside call.
    Rashford did not take long to muster an effort which no official, in Brighton or Stockley park could rule out.

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    This was a common sight during the game – ref Chris Kavanagh checking VARCredit: EPA
    Fernandes pierced Brighton’s high defensive line with a sweeping and Rashford did a comprehensive mincemeating job on Ben White, beating then centre-half once, turning down the opportunity then beating him again before thumping home.
    The contest was still wide open, thought and Brighton soon struck the woodwork for a fourth time when Maupay fed March who drilled against the inside of the far post.
    Pogba, who’d had one of his semi-detached afternoons, was dragged off to make way for Fred as Solskjaer looked to shore up.
    Then Trossard battered a shot against the crossbar to bring up Brighton’s extraordinary woodwork stat and De Gea denied Trossard from close-range in injury-time.
    But March headed home from a Lamptey cross on 95 minutes but there was time for one more United attack – and for all hell to break loose.

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    Man United must drop Sancho transfer and make centre back a priority, says Rio Ferdinand as he slams ‘terrible’ defence

    MANCHESTER UNITED should put the Jadon Sancho transfer on hold and sort out the ‘terrible’ defence, says club legend Rio Ferdinand.
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side made a miserable start to the new Premier League season with a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

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    Victor Lindelof had a nightmare dealing with Wilfried Zaha and PalaceCredit: AP:Associated Press

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    Rio Ferdinand is desperate for United to sign a centre-halfCredit: BT Sport

    Victor Lindelof in particular came in for criticism for his performance, with captain Harry Maguire also slammed in some quarters.
    And Ferdinand believes the back-line should be the ‘priority’ – even pushing back United’s long pursuit of Sancho.
    Speaking to BT Sport ahead of United’s trip to Brighton, the 41-year-old said: “There’s no point showing them the Palace game back to help them, they’ve been like that in the Europa League semi final, the FA Cup semi final. Nothing changes. 
    “It was terrible to see. As a centre-back you need to have the ability to smell danger and they never had it.

    “This was an area I’ve been mentioning for many months. It’s still not been addressed.
    “I want Jadon Sancho, he’s a generational talent but the centre back position should be a priority over anywhere else in the transfer window.”
    SunSport has exclusively revealed that United are planning at least two more signings this window.
    But a centre-half is not believed to be one of them.

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    Even captain Harry Maguire looked out of sorts in the opening-day 3-1 defeat to Crystal PalaceCredit: AFP or Licensors

    SunSport understands the club are looking to land both Sancho and Alex Telles within the coming weeks.
    And Solskjaer, chief exec Ed Woodward and transfer guru Matt Judge are in constant discussions to get the deals over the line.
    United are believed to be confident of landing Sancho, with a £90million offer to Borussia Dortmund in the works.
    The 20-year-old England winger is keen on a move to Old Trafford, but will not force through a transfer.
    Meanwhile, the club are in talks with Porto over a swoop for Telles, with Porto demanding around £18m.
    However, the Red Devils are reluctant to pay that much for a 27-year-old left-back in the final year of his contract.
    It is understood United have had more than 15 players proposed to them by agents in the past week alone.

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    Man Utd fans convinced Alex Telles is set to complete transfer from Porto after left-back ‘likes’ Evra post on Instagram

    MANCHESTER UNITED fans believes Alex Telles is on his way after the Porto defender ‘liked’ a post by Red Devils legend Patrice Evra.
    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly closing in on a deal to bring the left-back to Old Trafford.

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    Manchester United fans are getting excited that the Telles deal is closeCredit: AFP or licensors

    He will provide competition for Luke Shaw – but the two clubs are still some way apart on the fee.
    Before United’s visit to Brighton, Evra uploaded a clip from the past showing him being screamed at by then boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
    The Frenchman’s caption explained that Fergie went mad at him for passing the ball backwards – he says he listened and went on to be man of the match.
    The post was liked by Telles – sending United fans into meltdown.

    After the screenshot was posted on to Twitter, it certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
    Many wrote ‘here we go’, hinting that the transfer must be close.
    Joshua Lewis wrote that he was ‘desperate’ for it to mean the 27-year-old was moving to United.
    United supporters and fan accounts shared the screenshot as excitement builds ahead of the prospective move.

    Telles, 27, has just a year left on his contract and believes the Portuguese side’s asking price of £18m is too high.
    He is eager to make the switch to Old Trafford and remains confident he will be a Manchester United player when the deadline shuts on October 5.
    Porto are attempting to hold firm in their valuation while United are also continuing to play hardball.
    SunSport revealed how United will look at Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico for £23m if the Telles deal falls through.
    Sergio Reguilon was a target but the Spaniard ended up joining Tottenham, who agreed to a buy-back clause with Real Madrid.

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    How Man Utd could line up at Brighton with Eric Bailly replacing axed Victor Lindelof as Solskjaer rips apart defence

    MANCHESTER UNITED head to Brighton on Saturday looking to get off the mark in the Premier League.
    The Red Devils began the campaign in disappointing fashion last weekend as they slipped to a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

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    Eric Bailly could start for Manchester United at BrightonCredit: Rex Features

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    Mason Greenwood may also return to the Red Devils line-upCredit: Getty

    They bounced back from that with a 3-0 win at Luton Town in the Carabao Cup in midweek, leaving boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with several decisions to make ahead of the Seagulls clash.
    And perhaps his main one is whether to start with Mason Greenwood in attack.
    The 18-year-old hit the headlines earlier this month when he was kicked out of the England squad alongside Manchester City’s Phil Foden for sneaking two girls into the team hotel, breaking strict Icelandic social distancing laws.
    Greenwood began on the bench with Dan James favoured instead against the Eagles, and it was the same against Luton, but he did come on to grab a goal at Kenilworth Road.

    Now Solskjaer could opt to unleash the hotshot from the off against Brighton as they look to get their league season up-and-running.
    And Victor Lindelof looks to be facing the axe this week after United’s calamitous display last Saturday.

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    How United could start at Brighton on Saturday
    The centre-back was all over the place against Roy Hodgson’s men, and now with Eric Bailly fit again, Solskjaer is looking to form a regular partnership between him and Harry Maguire after they impressed at Luton.
    New boy Donny van de Beek, who scored against Palace, has been forced to wait for his chance after starting both games on the bench.

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    And he is also expected to come in for Scott McTominay and line up alongside Paul Pogba in the middle.
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also left on the bench a week ago, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah starting at right-back.
    But he could also come back into the side for Saturday’s lunch time kick-off.

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    Chris Smalling set for Man Utd reunion with Lukaku, Sanchez and Young at Inter Milan as Conte eyes SIXTH Prem transfer

    INTER MILAN have reportedly identified Chris Smalling as a possible target should Milan Skriniar depart.
    With Tottenham in talks to lure the centre-back away from the San Siro, the Serie A side have targets in mind should they have to replace him.

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    Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is reportedly being targeted by Inter MilanCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Smalling would link up with three former United team-mates should he join InterCredit: Getty – Pool

    Inter are already short at the back after Diego Godin left on a free transfer to Cagliari – further intensifying their need for a new defender.
    According to Corriere dello Sport, Inter’s No1 priority is Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic.
    But they state it is unlikely they will be able to prise him away from Florence, with Manchester United outcast Smalling an easier deal to make.
    It has been suggested that the Red Devils are prepared to sell the 30-year-old should they receive a fee in the region of £18million.

    However Inter are only prepared to fork out £16.4m, which they would pay across three instalments.
    Should Smalling join the Nerazzurri, he would link-up with former United team-mates Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku at the club.
    And his arrival would be the sixth player from the Premier League Antonio Conte would have signed since he took charge last year.
    In addition to the four United players, Inter also signed Christian Eriksen from Tottenham in January, while they also brought in Victor Moses on loan last term.

    But Inter know they face competition from Roma in the race to secure Smalling’s services.
    The Rome outfit are desperate to bring the ex-Fulham ace back to the Stadio Olimpico after his loan spell last campaign.
    It has been said that Roma are preparing one last move to sign Smalling, with boss Paulo Fonseca revealing he is in regular contact with the player.

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    Man Utd and Wolves boost as Barcelona reject Douglas Costa transfer after being offered Juventus star in swap deal

    MANCHESTER UNITED and Wolves have been handed a boost in their bid to bring in Douglas Costa.
    The two Premier League clubs have been linked with a swoop this transfer window for the 30-year-old Juventus winger.

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    Douglas Costa is reportedly not wanted by Juventus anymoreCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    It was reported yesterday in Italy that Juve wanted to offer him as part of a deal to bring Ousmane Dembele to Serie A.
    But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are not interested in bringing Costa to the Nou Camp.
    It is believed Juve tried to include the same player when they signed Arthur from the Spanish giants.

    But seemingly the lesson has not been learned.
    SunSport previously revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent was working on a £37million transfer to bring Costa to Wolves.
    Jorge Mendes has done plenty of business with the Premier League side over recent seasons to draw the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio and record-signing Fabio Silva to the West Midlands.
    Wolves may be keen to bring in a new winger after selling Diogo Jota to Liverpool in a transfer that will ultimately cost £45million.

    Costa started just six Serie A games last season and was brought on as a late substitute in Pirlo’s first game – a 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

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    The Brazilian has also been linked with Manchester United this summer with the Red Devils currently failing in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
    Dembele meanwhile, another winger on the shortlist at Old Trafford, has struggled with injuries at Barcelona.
    The £135.5million signing, who could only muster nine appearances last season, had been a loan target for Liverpool.
    Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently claimed Dembele was one of Barca’s players that would not be sold.
    Yet Nelson Semedo was also included on that list and the Portuguese sealed a £29million move to Wolves.

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    Victor Lindelof facing Man Utd axe for Brighton clash after Crystal Palace horror show with Eric Bailly fit to play

    VICTOR LINDELOF is facing the axe against Brighton after Manchester United’s calamitous opening to the new Premier League season.
    The centre-back was all over the place as Crystal Palace took the back four to pieces winning 3-1.

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    Eric Bailly could replace Victor Lindelof in the Manchester United line-up this weekendCredit: PA:Empics Sport

    Now with Eric Bailly fit again Solskjaer is looking to form a regular partnership between him and Harry Maguire.
    They played together in the 3-0 midweek away win to Luton in the EFL Cup.
    Solskjaer said: “I think last season proved to us how we can defend at our best but last week wasn’t fantastic, we conceded sloppy goals.
    “Eric is fit again, which is a big, big plus and we are looking forward to seeing him develop and play more games. 

    “We’ve been waiting him to be fit and play more regularly.”
    Before adding: “I think our defensive record from last season with Eric and Harry showed how good a partnership they were.”
    Bailly made only 11 appearances last season due to injury but five of those resulted in clean sheets.
    While fans have been crying out for a new centre-half it is clear Solskjaer has faith in what Bailly can do.

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    Solskjaer is hopeful that the team itself is more up to speed for the lunchtime kick off away to Brighton.
    His side had only trained together for a week after their late ending to last season with the Europa League and looked well off the pace against a Palace side who had a full pre-season.
    Solskjaer said: “We’re a week further down the line, it’s been a good week, some players have been training well and the work has been good.
    “We played well against Luton, we’re further down the line like other teams, we need to be further down the line because last week was disappointing.”

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    Man Utd to launch last-gasp Jadon Sancho transfer raid with ‘final offer of £90m’ and are ‘confident’ of landing winger

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to make a final £90million move for Jadon Sancho.
    The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer.

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    Manchester United are reportedly confident of finally signing Jadon SanchoCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And now, according to The Mirror, United supremo Ed Woodward will come in with a final ‘take-it-or-leave-it offer’.
    It is believed the Premier League club will offer £75m up front, with another £15m to be paid in add ons later on.
    After months of wrangling, United will not budge from this latest, structured deal but are said to be ‘confident’ of finally landing their man.
    This is despite Dortmund’s head of football Sebastian Kehl saying earlier in the week that the 20-year-old would STAY in Germany.

    An initial deadline of August 10 set by the Bundesliga club passed without incident.
    He told Ruhr Nachrichten: “He [Jadon Sancho] is our player, and he will stay.
    “It was an important statement from the club because we have a certain responsibility. Without Jadon this team is weaker.”
    Sancho played 78 minutes of Dortmund’s 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach in their Bundesliga opener.

    He scored on his first appearance of the season in the German Cup in a 5-0 thrashing of Duisberg.
    But to fund the move for Sancho, as well as the rumoured interest in Porto left-back Alex Telles, could mean SIX players are on their way out of the club.
    Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Andreas Pereira, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo are all up for the chop.
    However, one man who the club are happy to keep around is Jesse Lingard.
    The midfielder, 27, is reportedly NOT on the transfer list after playing in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Luton.
    SunSport revealed this week that Lingard could even be offered a one-year contract extension to ensure he maintains value in the market.

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