In the final moments of the game, an AVAR review at the death of this game saw a penalty awarded to Brighton & Hove Albion due to Luke Shaw’s handball, and Alexis MacAllister secured a 1-0 victory for the home team with a powerful penalty kick into the top corner.
Manchester United was left to accept defeat, with the handball by Shaw being a notable area for improvement.
Alexis Mac Allister’s late goal proved to be the deciding factor, securing a crucial win for Brighton.
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw’s mistake highlighted an aspect of his game that requires improvement, and Manchester United was left to reflect on missed opportunities that could have altered the outcome of the match.
According to Luke Shaw, Manchester United’s downfall in their last-minute defeat to Brighton on Thursday night was due to their poor finishing, which needs improvement.
In the 99th minute of the Premier League game, Alexis Mac Allister scored a penalty kick into the top corner, securing a 1-0 win for Brighton & Hove Albion.
The penalty was awarded after Luke Shaw handballed while defending a corner, adding to his list of areas for improvement.
The match was a tense affair, with both teams registering over 30 shots on goal, but unable to convert many of them.
Brighton’s goalkeeper, Jason Steele, made some impressive saves, contributing to their hard-fought victory over Manchester United.
Manchester United’s quest for a goal was thwarted by Brighton’s goalkeeper, who made a save at his near post from Marcus Rashford and denied Anthony Martial in the first half.
This was United’s third consecutive game in all competitions without scoring.
Despite the disappointing result, Manchester United remains in the hunt for a European spot while Brighton moved up to sixth place in the standings.
Although Manchester United had the upper hand in terms of opportunities in the first half, they were also lucky not to have conceded a goal.
However, their fortunes took a turn for the worse when VAR detected a handball by the English international, who was operating in the centre-back position once more.
“I know the problem, we know the problem: the problem is we don’t score,” Shaw told Sky Sports.
“In the first half we had three or four big chances that we should be scoring. I think that’s happened a lot of times this season.”
“But then again it comes down to my mistake at the end, but the chances we had we have to be scoring these goals. The game is completely different if we score early on with the chances we do make.”
“Just not clinical enough. I don’t really know what else to say to that. It’s disappointing I lost us a point at the end, but if you look at the first-half we could have been 3-0 up.”
Despite having the upper hand in the first half, Manchester United were fortunate not to concede a goal, as the England defender, who was once again playing in the center-back position, was penalized after a VAR review revealed his handball.
“It hurts a lot. Last minute. Last action, I think I got a little nudge but the hand shouldn’t be there,” he admitted.
“I own up to it, take it on the chin, it cost us the game. It’s tough. I can’t even explain why my arm’s up there. I said I got a nudge, maybe that helped my arm go up, but still it shouldn’t be there.”
“Even before the corner, the free-kick that was given away before that was never a foul. I’m not looking for excuses for what I’ve done, but there’s no way that should have been a foul that led to the corner.”
“Maybe that corner should never have happened. But I can’t change that. I’m not accusing the ref of anything, but for me it wasn’t a foul before, but hands up, silly mistake that cost us a point.”
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