It is nearly unprecedented for a game to alter once the fulltime whistle has been blown and yet precisely that occurred at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester United won the game 3-2 against Brighton with a late penalty decision settling it all.
The home side took the lead early on when a Bruno Fernandes error won them a penalty. Neal Maupay converted that in a cheeky fashion and with a bold celebration to boot.
United’s response came via a Lewis Dunk own goal at the end of the first-half. The Red Devils managed to further respond succinctly when Marcus Rashford took the lead later on. A resilient Brighton refused to keep down and their efforts succeeded in creating a goal in the dying minutes of added time via Solly March’s header.
That ought to have been it but with the last kick of the ball, United took their first corner of the game and the effort inside the box met the hand of Maupay.
The VAR and on-field referee review awarded the penalty which Fernandes converted exceptionally well.
Needless to say, the reactions on Twitter to the late drama were priceless.
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) September 26, 2020
Considering Neal Maupay panenka’d his penalty, and then did the crying celebration, you kinda chuckle at the fact he becomes the scapegoat. Handballs in the last seconds, gives Man United a penalty and Bruno Fernandes seals the 3-2-win.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) September 26, 2020
WE SCORE WHEN WE WANT, WE SCORE WHEN WE WANTTTTTT pic.twitter.com/Kogazrutb5
— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) September 26, 2020
Donny van de Beek’s effort in minute 96 eventually lead to the corner which lead to a penalty for Manchester United. Still had his “impact” on the game despite coming on in minute 90. It’s the small details that matter.
— (@TheEuropeanLad) September 26, 2020
— Pøgba Senior (@TheSaItIsHere) September 26, 2020
HOW DID WE WIN THAT?! Luckiest win I think I’ve ever seen in the last 5-10 years easily. Brighton really deserved to win that. Hit the post about a dozen times. Maupay got what was coming, that’s what you get for being an arrogant hateable player celebrating so cockily. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) September 26, 2020
Bruno Fernandes: “Maybe they [Brighton] say they did better. The point is to score goals not to hit the post or crossbar.” #mulive [bt]
— utdreport (@utdreport) September 26, 2020
Just as it seemed as if the penalty charm that gave historical luck to the Old Trafford faithful last season was wearing off, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men conceding two penalties in two Premier League games, this effort furthered the comments that the club is far too reliant on VAR and penalties being awarded.
Incidentally, VAR had ruled two of United’s goals offside in the same game as well as revoking a penalty that Brighton had won when it was made clear that Paul Pogba’s foul had no malicious intent to it.
At the end of the day, United’s first Premier League win of the season comes at the back of a dramatic finish. A traditional United finish even if it wasn’t a traditional game by them.