Brighton vs Manchester United Player Ratings: Enciso Dazzles at the Amex as Brighton Win in Dramatic Fashion

Brighton vs Manchester United Player Ratings: Enciso Dazzles at the Amex as Brighton Win in Dramatic Fashion
Brighton and Hove Albion players celebrate after Alexis Mac Allister (hidden) scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. Picture date: Thursday May 4, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport

  • A last minute Alexis Mac Allister penalty sees the Seagulls take home all three points.
  • Manchester United should have led at half time but Martial, Rashford and Antony all spurned great chances.
  • Paraguayan star, Julio Enciso, was the star of the show at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton Player Ratings: Kaoru Mitoma has difficult time against Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Jason Steele 8/10 – Undoubtedly Brighton’s number one goalkeeper now and it’s easy to see why. Made big saves in the first half and his distribution was top-notch.

Moises Caicedo 6/10 – Was uncomfortable at right-back but fared much better when he came into midfield in the second half.

Lewis Dunk 7/10 – Seems to start every Brighton attack. Long overdue an England call-up.

Adam Webster 7/10 – As commanding as ever at the back.

Pervis Estupinan 7/10 – Got up and down the left flank all night and kept Antony very quiet after his early miss.

Billy Gilmour 6/10 – Wasn’t in the game much and Brighton got better after he was substituted.

Alexis Mac Allister 7/10 – His passing was on point throughout and took his penalty exceptionally well at the death.

Facundo Buonanotte 7/10 – Another gem it seems. Looked a threat all night until he was forced off in the second half.

Julio Enciso 9/10 – The best player on the pitch. No one could get a grip of him and he caused havoc all night.

Kaoru Mitoma 5/10 – A poor outing from the Japanese international who was stopped time and time again by Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Danny Welbeck 6/10 – Had a quiet game but never stopped running.


Solly March 7/10 – Looked determined from the word go when he came on. Nearly scored a wonder goal after a mazy run.

Deniz Undav 6/10 – Held the ball up well.

Levi Colwill 6/10 – Came on too late to make an impact.

Manchester United Player Ratings: A night to forget for Casemiro

David de Gea 7/10 – Made some big saves late on that looked as if they would earn United a point. Couldn’t have stopped the penalty.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 8/10 – The Red Devil’s best player on the night. Is there a better one on one defender on the planet?

Victor Lindelof 7/10 – Another impressive outing for the Swede who improved after a shaky start.

Luke Shaw 6/10 – Would have been an 8/10 until he inexplicably decided to waft his arms in the air in the penalty box in the 95th minute. It’s an error from Shaw that could cost his side Champions League football.

Diogo Dalot 5/10 – Isn’t impressive at all at left-back. Looked clumsy on the ball and struggled defensively.

Casemiro 4/10 – Sloppy passes, rash challenges and slow decision-making. Probably his worst performance in a United shirt.

Bruno Fernandes 7/10 – Another good performance in midfield from Fernandes who should have ended the game with a couple of assists.

Fred 7/10 – Full of energy and won his team the ball back on countless occasions.

Antony 5/10 – Was kept very quiet all night and was lucky to escape a red card.

Anthony Martial 5/10 – A feeble performance up front from Martial who is just lucky that the only alternative is Wout Weghorst.


Marcel Sabitzer 6/10 – Didn’t do much when he came on.

Jadon Sancho 6/10 – Tried to get United going down the right-hand side but ultimately failed.

Wout Weghorst 6/10 – Came on too late to make an impact.

Brighton vs Manchester United Match Summary and Highlights

A game that always seemed destined for at least one goal was eventually settled by a 95th-minute penalty from Alexis Mac Allister as Brighton took home a valuable three points at the Amex Stadium. The match was played at a frantic pace all night and it was a mystery that the score was 0-0 at half time.

It was the away side who had the better chances in the first half. Firstly, Antony should have put his side 1-0 in front after just two minutes when Bruno Fernandes slipped him in on his favoured left foot. The Brazilian inexplicably put his effort wide of the post much to the frustration of his manager. Martial and Rashford also had great chances to score, while Mitoma missed a guilt edge chance at the other end.

The second half, on the other hand, was a completely one-sided affair in favour of the home side. Without creating any real clear openings, Brighton pushed for the winner right until the end while United seemed to be happy to just coast. The Seagulls got what they deserved in the end when Luke Shaw handled the ball in the penalty box in the 95 minute giving Mac Allister the opportunity to score the winner.

Player of the Match: Julio Enciso

In a lively game of football, Julio Enciso was the liveliest of the lot. The 19-year-old Paraguayan buzzed around Casemiro all night and forced a number of errors from the Brazilian midfielder. His work on the ball was mightily impressive too, wriggling away from United players all night and creating chances for himself and his teammates.

With Mac Allister rumoured to be on the move in the summer, Brighton won’t even have to spend any money on a replacement with Enciso more than ready to fill the void.

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