Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winning goal for Manchester United making it possible for the club to beat Brighton

The match dramatically changed complexion early in the second half, with Ronaldo scoring his first goal in 2022 before Lewis Dunk was sent off three minutes later.

Jadon Sancho was denied early on, but the hosts created precious little as Brighton controlled the game, enjoying nearly 60 percent of possession in the first half.

Former United player Danny Welbeck flashed a late header just high as the home side breathed a sigh of relief.

United had a nervy finish to the game but wrapped up the victory in the 97th minute.

Substitute Pogba took a quick free-kick and Fernandes collected the ball inside his own half and raced forward before firing home.

The three points lift United into the fourth Champions League qualification spot, two points ahead of West Ham and four behind third-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Arsenal, Wolves, and Tottenham are also within striking distance of the top four and all have games in hand