Man United beat Brighton again, Calvert-Lewin hat-trick

Ruben Hill
October 1, 2020

Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard were introduced from the bench early in the second half, and the latter - having hit the woodwork three times at the weekend - had a great chance to equalise after the hour. However, with rotated squads, as is natural in cup ties, things did not go so well. Brighton had defended solidly up to that point, but weak marking that time around saw both Eric Bailly and McTominay completely unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box, with the Scotsman heading home past a hopeless Steele to make it 1-0. He set up Juan Mata to net the second with a clever backheel.

But just minutes before the break, Scott McTominay broke the deadlock, finding the back of the net from Mata's curled effort.

United came away from the south coast last Saturday with an outrageous 3-2 Premier League victory, courtesy of a 100th-minute penalty, awarded by VAR after the final whistle. His cross from the left-hand side found Sterling who took his time to beat the keeper.

A hat-trick from in form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (11th, 78th, 84th minutes) and a goal from Richarlison (56th minute) secured Everton's place in the last eight.

While Peacock-Farrell made a number of good saves to keep Burnley in the game, Manchester City were unlucky to not have put more past the hosts.

Mata's goal was his 50th for United and only Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have scored more since he was signed in January 2014, arriving in a helicopter amid a social media meltdown after he was sold by Chelsea, and while he may not represent the club's future then certainly goalkeeper Dean Henderson does.

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