Manchester United have suffered their first Premier League loss in six games, as Alexis Mac Allister’s 99th-minute penalty sealed a dramatic 1-0 win for Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium.
Erik ten Hag’s side missed the chance to increase their cushion inside the top four against the Seagulls as Robert De Zerbi’s hosts now move into sixth spot overnight.
Both teams lacked a killer touch in front of goal, with Marcus Rashford and Kaoru Mitoma denied before the break in an end-to-end first 45 minutes.
United goalkeeper David de Gea was called into action twice in the dying minutes, with key stops from Solly March and Moises Caicedo, before referee Andre Marriner awarded a spot-kick for handball against Luke Shaw in the final seconds.
Argentinian World Cup winner Mac Allister kept his calm amid the huge pressure to power home a vital winner for the Seagulls.
Mac Allister was the calmest person inside the AMEX Stadium as the clock ticked into the ninth minute of added time.
The Argentinian has developed a reputation as one of the most consistent penalty takers in the Premier League this season, with tonight’s spot-kick his sixth successful effort of the campaign, as part of a 100% record.
Only Erling Haaland (7) has scored more from the Premier League penalty spot than Mac Allister in 2022/23, and his own personal tally set an unwanted benchmark for United.
As the visitors threw their bodies on the line to prevent a late Brighton winner, Mac Allister’s eventual breakthrough, clocked at 98:16, was the latest goal United have conceded in their Premier League history.
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