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Brighton failed to build on their good form after the restart as Manchester United hit three without reply at the Amex Stadium.

About Brighton
Brighton () is a seaside resort in the county of East Sussex. It is a constituent part of the city of Brighton and Hove, created from the formerly separate towns of Brighton and Hove. Brighton is located on the south coast of England, positioned 47 miles (76 km) south of London.Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of “Brighthelmstone” was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town’s importance grew in the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.
In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion in the Regency era. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London. Many of the major attractions were built in the Victorian era, including the Grand Hotel, the Hilton Brighton Metropole, the Palace Pier and the West Pier. The town continued to grow into the 20th century, expanding to incorporate more areas into the town’s boundaries before joining Hove to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in 1997, which was granted city status in 2000. Today, Brighton and Hove district has a resident population of about 290,885 and the wider Brighton and Hove conurbation has a population of 474,485 (2011 census).Brighton’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population, leading to its recognition as the “unofficial gay capital of the UK”. Brighton attracted 7.5 million day visitors in 2015/16 and 4.9 million overnight visitors, Brighton has been called the UK’s “hippest city” and “the happiest place to live in the UK”.

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About Manchester
Manchester () is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is historically and traditionally a part of the county of Lancashire. It has a population of 547,627 as of 2018 (making it the fifth most populous English district). It lies within the United Kingdom’s second-most populous urban area, with a population of 2.5 million and third most populous metropolitan area, with a population of 3.3 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority for the city is Manchester City Council.
The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium or Mancunium, which was established in about AD 79 on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell. Although historically a part of Lancashire, areas of Cheshire south of the River Mersey were incorporated into Manchester in the 20th century. The first to be included, Wythenshawe, was added to the city in 1931. Throughout the Middle Ages Manchester remained a manorial township, but began to expand “at an astonishing rate” around the turn of the 19th century. Manchester’s unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, and resulted in it becoming the world’s first industrialised city. Manchester achieved city status in 1853. The Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894, creating the Port of Manchester and directly linking the city to the Irish Sea, 36 miles (58 km) to the west. Its fortune declined after the Second World War, owing to deindustrialisation, but the IRA bombing in 1996 led to extensive investment and regeneration. Following successful redevelopment after the IRA bombing, Manchester was the host city for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK, after London and Edinburgh. In 2019, it surpassed Edinburgh to become the second most visited city in the UK after London. It is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport connections.
Manchester is a city of notable firsts. Manchester Liverpool Road railway station was the world’s first inter-city passenger railway station and the oldest remaining railway station. The city has also excelled in scientific advancement, as it was at The University of Manchester, in 1917, that scientist Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The university’s further achievements include Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill who developed and built the world’s first stored-program computer in 1948; and, in 2004, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov successfully isolated and characterised the first graphene.

United had already struck the post through Bruno Fernandes before Mason Greenwood waltzed his way through the defence and finished inside the near post after only 16 minutes.

Fernandes then doubled the lead on half an hour, before netting his brace shortly after the break.

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United had other chances to add to the scoreline, but keep pace with Wolves for fifth with the win.

Here are five things we learned from a one-way procession in the Premier League.

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The Bruno-Pogba linkup

United fans have been eagerly waiting for this: two high-calibre players, capable of controlling games, dominating opponents, winning points.


Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are levels ahead of most Premier League players on a technical and creative basis and they certainly were far better than anything Brighton’s defence had to offer.

Just 12 minutes into the game, the French World Cup-winner teed up his recently arrived team-mate and Fernandes arrowed a shot onto the post.

On the half-hour mark, the exact same pattern occurred, Brighton failed to recognise the danger early enough and the match was essentially gone—Fernandes the scorer, Pogba the provider.

It was a toss-up between the two for the best player on the night, but more important to United is their constant ability to seek each other out.

Bright sparks

There weren’t too many exceptional moments for Brighton in truth, let alone stand-out players, but two who haven’t featured for most of the season did well.

Alexis Mac Allister only rejoined after his loan spell earlier this year and showed again a few examples of his class which is mixed with tenacity and intent.

Tariq Lamptey joined from Chelsea and has now featured both at right-back and on the wing and is quickly proving the wisdom of having left Stamford Bridge.

Getting game time is one thing, but showing he merits it is quite another. Aggressive running and no shortage of ability on the ball bodes well for his involvement next season.

Counter-attacking threat

Bruno Fernandes celebrates after scoring United’s third goal (Getty)

How can teams catch Liverpool, has been the question in the week after the Reds were crowned Premier League champions.

It won’t be enough to close the gap by itself, but United did a fair impression of the champions with their third goal of the night: a devastating break from a Brighton attack which ended in Fernandes’ second.

A counter-attack down the left saw a good exchange of intelligent passes, the right execution at the right moment in the final cross from Mason Greenwood and an expert finish from the Portuguese attacking midfielder.

After a dominant first half led to chances inside a crowded final third, this was an impressive and very different way of killing off the match.

One more required

Brighton are almost there in terms of Premier League safety, but can’t quite afford to breathe easily yet.

Six points between themselves and the drop zone sounds comfortable, but if Brighton were to put in a similarly lax display next time out against a Norwich side who will surely give it everything, things could quickly look a little more panicky.

The Seagulls then face Liverpool and Manchester City back-to-back, after which only three games would remain and matters could be tense and tight at the bottom again.

Another win will probably see them safe, but they must improve on this showing, especially an inert and unambitious first half, to earn it.

Top-five fight

Mason Greenwood fires United into the lead (AP)

With Wolves winning yet again at the weekend, the pressure was very much on Manchester United to come up with three points here.

Fifth place, of course, carries a Champions League spot at present – with Manchester City facing a European ban and heading for second place themselves.

The knock-on effect of that means an unusual number of sides trying to ensure they go full-tilt at getting three points at every time of asking late this season, with United currently edging Wolves on goal difference.

Every slip up could effectively cost millions of pounds in revenue, not to mention the prestige of the competition, but so far Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are rising to the challenge.

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