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April 13, 2021

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Ian Wright hailed the Manchester United duo after the Brighton win (Picture: BBC)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright hailed Luke Shaw as Manchester United’s best player during their victory over Brighton and also reserved praise for late substitute Donny van de Beek.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made another slow start to their Premier League clash against Brighton on Sunday and ex-Man United academy graduate Danny Welbeck scored against his former club on 13 minutes.

After an underwhelming first 45 minutes, United improved following the break and Marcus Rashford slotted home his team’s equaliser, with Bruno Fernandes adding another assist to his tally.

Mason Greenwood headed home a later winner for Manchester United which gives Solskjaer’s side an 11-point cushion in the battle for a top-four finish.

Wright says United’s quality ‘came through’ against Brighton and reserved special praise for in-form defender Shaw and Van de Beek, who only came on for the final ten minutes.

‘Manchester United started very slowly again,’ former Arsenal and England striker Wright told Match of the Day. ‘I thought Brighton were very good for their lead.

‘But in the end the quality came through. This is brilliant from Donny van de Beek [in the build-up to United’s winner] and this is what he’s about.

‘He’s come from a possession-based academy, that’s what he does. He makes movement. It’s great movement and leaves the space open to Bruno Fernandes.

‘It’s a great ball too from Luke Shaw who, for me, was easily the Man of the Match for Manchester United. So in the end, United’s quality came through.’

Greenwood’s winner was his first Premier League goal at Old Trafford this season but Solskjaer insists the 19-year-old should not be judged purely on his goals tally.

‘When he gets those goals, we know he’s going to add another dimension to his game,’ said Solskjaer. ‘The world nowadays is so on to stats and this and that.

In-form Luke Shaw produced another impressive performance (Picture: Getty)

‘The boy has played fantastically [during] the last two or three months and has really come on. If he keeps learning and improving he will score more – he’s a lethal finisher.’

Greenwood, meanwhile, was glad to seal the comeback win on a ‘hard night’ for Manchester United.

He said: ‘It was a hard night. When they scored the first goal we knew we had to react and put in a better performance. But everyone was excellent in the second half.

‘I don’t think we started very well but we knew we had to switch on and be focused. We should have started that from the moment we came out, but it’s a good three points.

‘It’s a confidence booster, I’ve not scored as many in the Premier League. I scored a header tonight which is something I’ve been working on a lot behind the scenes.’

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