The Liberian Billboard Sports Desk- Manchester United was on Sunday beaten by lowly Brighton and Hove Albion in a match that almost ended with tension after Manchester United was awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the match.
Brighton opened the scoring through Glenn Murray in the 25th minute, followed by a Shane Duffy second 2mins later, when he capitalized on a defensive flop by United as a result of a corner. United pulled one back in the 34th minute through a Lukaku header, but a penalty conceded by a Paul Pogba foul put Brighton two goals ahead of United when Pascal Gross scored the resulting kick.
United took more control of the game in the second half with the introduction of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Mourane Fellani, but it was only a penalty in the 94th minute that brought them close to equalizing. The penalty awarded United raised tension around the American Express stadium but wasn’t enough to bring United back in the game as the referee ended the game shortly afterwards, making Brighton to walk away with all three points.
Earlier in the day, Manchester City routed Huddlesfield in a 6-1 showdown, and saw a Sergio Aguero hat-trick that had his manager Pep Guardiola heaping praise on him in his post match interview.
At Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Arsenal fell to Chelsea in what pundits called a tensed match. Chelsea went two goals ahead through Pedro and Morata in the 9th and 20th minutes, but Arsenal made a comeback in the 37th minute with a Mkhitaryan goal and again in the 41st minute when Alex Iwobi spotted home a Mkhitaryan pass.
Chelsea took control of the game when Eden Harzard was introduced in the second half and this paid off when he crossed the ball for Marcos Alonso to slot the winner home in the 81st minute.
Earlier Saturday, Tottenham Hotspurs Everton, Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth all recorded wins, with Cardiff City and Newcastle United ending in a 0-0 draw.
See a full list of results below:
Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle
Everton 2-1 Southhampton
Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Fulham
West Ham 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
Burnley 1-3 Watford
Manchester City 6-1 Huddlesfield
Brighton and Hove 3-2 Manchester United
Liverpool plays at Crystal Palace on Monday and will be looking for their second win of the season.