Cristiano Ronaldo scored Manchester United’s first goal in a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday, lifting them into the Premier League’s top four.
Scott McTominay set up Ronaldo for a fantastic finish five minutes after halftime.
Brighton had been the superior team before the break, with United fragmented and flat.
Lewis Dunk was sent off for a foul on Anthony Elanga, a yellow card being escalated to a red.
Brighton’s Jakub Moder curled a shot against the crossbar before former United star Danny Welbeck headed over a late opportunity.
Bruno Fernandes scored a late solo goal to lift United past West Ham United into fourth place with 43 points from 25 games.
The first half was difficult to watch for United fans as Brighton looked more polished.
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The boos at halftime would have been louder if David de Gea hadn’t saved Moder’s header.
After the interval, Ronaldo changed the tone.
Despite some doubts about his second stint at United, Ronaldo’s goal against Brighton was classic.
Ronaldo raced away from three defenders and slammed a shot past Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez when Brighton lost possession.
Soon after, Brighton was caught trying to play out from the back and Dunk lost the ball to Elanga, who dragged him back.
When Fernandes got away from the halfway line and sat Sanchez down before slotting home, it was a relief for the hosts.
It was only Brighton’s second league away defeat of the season, and manager Graham Potter admired Ronaldo’s talent.