EPL: Leon Balogun shines as Brighton defeat Manchester United

Leon Balogun in action in the match between Brighton and Manchester United
Leon Balogun in action in the match between Brighton and Manchester United

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, had a dream debut in the English Premier League on Sunday; helping his team, Brighton & Hove Albion, to a stunning 3-2 win over Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium, Falmer.

The Nigeria centre-back who was not used in the last weekend’s season opener came in for the injured Lewis Dunk in the 20th minute and posted a fine performance in the game

Three first-half goals in a Premier League match for the first time in their history had Albion in complete control at the midway stage of another disappointing afternoon for Jose Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku converted from close range after Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy had put the hosts two goals ahead at the Amex Stadium, only for Pascal Gross to net from the penalty spot to leave his side on the brink of what would prove to be a straightforward win.

United did make the scoreline a tad more respectable in the final minute of the match thanks to Paul Pogba’s penalty, but that came after they had mustered just one other shot on target in the second half when chasing a couple of goals.

Not since October 2015 had Man United shipped three goals in the first half of a league match, but that was the case on the south coast as they left themselves with a huge mountain to climb.

While United failed to sparkle, their city rivals and defending champions Manchester City put up a ruthless display on Sunday as they spanked Huddersfield Town 6-1.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick in that game as City have practically continued from where they stopped last season; setting and breaking multiple records before winning the Premier League with an unprecedented 100 points tally.

In the other Sunday game, Nigeria international, Isaac Success, got a cameo role as Watford beat Burnley 3-1 away from home.


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