Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has ended his longest goal drought for over a decade after finding the back of the net for Manchester United during the 2-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion. He had gone six games without a win before breaking the deadlock against the Seagulls when the two teams met in the Premier League earlier this week.
Manchester United came into the home game with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League with a winless run spanning over the course of their last three games, but with the knowledge that a win will take them one place higher and into fourth place on the log.
Brighton started the Manchester United game on the front foot and they were the better team in the first half. The Seagulls should have established a lead at the end of the first 45 minutes if not for their wastefulness in front of goal when they had the chances to score. Manchester United improved significantly after the half-time break and they went on to win the game thanks to the goals from Cristiano Ronaldo on 51 minutes and Bruno Fernandes on 97 minutes. The Seagulls finished the game with ten men after skipper Lewis Dunk received his marching orders for a professional foul.