Brighton boss Graham Potter felt his side came out on the wrong end of a penalty decision involving Danny Welbeck and Harry Maguire, and insisted his side posed the greater threat in the contest.
Brighton fought hard but ultimately came away pointless from Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck notched against his former side to put the Seagulls ahead, but a pair of second-half strikes from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood settled the contest.
The result leaves Brighton in 16th position, still six points clear of safety after Fulham’s capitulation versus Aston Villa.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Potter said: “We contributed well in the game. We took the lead and were probably the team which carried the most threat in the first half.
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“We just missed that final pass. Man Utd responded in the second half without creating too many chances. They scored from not too much. Maybe a penalty which Danny Welbeck didn’t get.
“When it was live I thought it was a penalty then I suppose it’s the clear and obvious debate. If Mike Dean had given it I don’t think VAR would have overruled it. There’s nothing we can do in the end. We’re disappointed to come away with nothing.
“I’m confident in terms of the team, the way we’re playing and the personality in the team but until you get the points you can never relax.
“Sometimes the opposition have some quality that you have to hold your hands up to and say ‘that’s good.’ We’ll keep going.”
“It’s a bit cut-throat” – Welbeck
Brighton goalscorer Danny Welbeck also spoke to the press, saying: “Obviously very disappointed not to get the three points.
“Second half wasn’t too great with the ball and we didn’t really create many chances. We needed to see the game out. Some things went against us. It’s a bit cut-throat today, so it’s difficult to take.
“We played it well in the first half. In the second half it didn’t really come to fruition. We knew they’d come with something different.
“It’s a club that I’ve got a lot of affection for, that gave me my chance, but once you get on the pitch it’s 11 v 11, we want to get the points. You’ve just got to be professional and do your job.”
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