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3 talking points as Manchester United scrape past Brighton

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TARIQ LAMPTEY IS A TERRIFIC TALENT

Brighton’s right wingback Tariq Lamptey has played a role in each of the side’s three fixtures so far in the season and his performance against Manchester United was a very good one. The young Englishman’s pace caused major problems to Luke Shaw and he was among the most crucial players in the build-up for the home side.

Lamptey won Brighton a penalty which was converted by Maupay and also played a slight role in the play that allowed Sally March in grabbing his side’s second on the day. At just 19, the player is a talent to look for and it would come as no surprise if one of the top six clubs from the league comes calling for his services in the next few months itself.

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MANCHESTER UNITED WERE POOR AT THE BACK

Yet another sub-standard by the backline saw Manchester United concede twice. Luke Shaw had an off day and did no good either at the back or in the front. The fullback struggled to contain Lamptey who gave him a tough time. The ball went easily past him on more than a handful of occasions, in fact, signalling how desperately the club needs a revamp.

Victor Lindelof’s performance against Crystal Palace saw him become the subject of slack among the fans and pundits, but he too had a poor game against Brighton. The Swedish central defender was needing replacement since Jose Mourinho’s reign, but the board has never acted and Ed Woodward may ask Solskjaer to make do with a substandard defence yet again.