Report: Man United 2 Brighton 1

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s fine start continued as Manchester United’s caretaker manager became the first boss in the club’s history to win his first six league games following the 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.Almost 25 years to the day since Matt Busby died, Solskjaer made it seven wins from seven in all competitions on the one-month anniversary of his appointment as two of the players to have shone in his short tenure scored again.Paul Pogba converted a 27th-minute penalty he won himself for his fifth goal in his last three games at Old Trafford before Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance with the second prior to the interval. 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Pascal Gross pulled one back for Brighton, but United claimed the three points to move into fifth, above Arsenal, ahead of the Gunners’ home game with fourth-placed Chelsea later on Saturday.In our last #PL games…@[email protected]#MUFC #MUNBHA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Rashford and Pogba had already threatened the Brighton goal before United were awarded a penalty.Pogba latched onto a long Nemanja Matic pass on the right flank by taking a touch inside Gaetan Bong, who bundled into the back of the Frenchman to concede the spot-kick.The usual stuttered run-up followed but Pogba placed his effort into the right-hand corner, past David Button’s right hand to put United in front.Button was able to make himself big and prevent Anthony Martial making it 2-0, while Brighton’s Glenn Murray fired a great chance wide with a miss that would look even more costly before the break.With three first-half minutes remaining left-back Diogo Dalot, a late inclusion in the starting XI due to Luke Shaw’s injury, fed Rashford and he cut inside Gross before bending a fine right-footed finish into the far corner.Rashford continued to look in the mood after the interval, firing in a cross that Jesse Lingard somehow failed to direct home from close range.Martial blasted into the side netting but United’s intensity dropped and Brighton were given hope with 18 minutes to go.Davy Propper’s outside-of-the-foot cross reached Gross, who chested the ball down and poked the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.A nervy finish for the home side therefore ensued and though Pogba was unable to alleviate the tension when rifling just wide, United held on to round off a fantastic first month in the job for Solskjaer. What does it mean? Solskjaer staking his claim for full-time gigIt is no secret that Solskjaer would like the United job beyond the end of the 2018-19 season and the club’s hierarchy must have been impressed by his stint so far. United face Burnley, Leicester City and Fulham in the Premier League before hosting Liverpool on February 24, so they could yet make further ground up on the top four in the coming weeks.Rashford in inspired form againPlenty has been said about Pogba’s resurgence under Solskjaer, but Rashford appears to have really benefitted from having a former United striker to tutor him. Nobody has scored more for United since Rashford’s debut in 2016 and the shaped finish for his 41st goal was one Solskjaer himself would have been proud of.Murray’s mystifying missMurray had set Brighton on their way to a 3-2 win over United in the reverse fixture five months ago, yet he was less assured when opportunity knocked here. United were only 1-0 up when Murray found himself onside and free, but he sliced the chance wide and Rashford’s strike shortly after gave Brighton too much to do, even with Gross’ second-half goal.Key Opta facts41 – Marcus Rashford has scored his 41st goal for @ManUtd in his 150th appearance for them in all competitions – he’s scored more than any other player for the club since his debut. Skilled. #MUNBHA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019- Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just the third manager in Premier League history to win his first six games in charge of a certain club, after Carlo Ancelotti with Chelsea and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.- Brighton have lost all nine of their Premier League away games against ‘big six’ sides by an aggregate score of 19-2.- Manchester United have won more penalties (7) while Brighton have conceded more (also 7) than any other Premier League side this season.- Paul Pogba’s goal was his eighth in the Premier League for United this season, equalling his best return in a single season in the top five European leagues (also 8 with Juventus in 2014-15 and 2015-16).- Marcus Rashford – making his 150th appearance for United in all competitions – has now scored in his last four Premier League games. Only Anthony Martial (5) has had a better such run in the competition this season.- 33 per cent of Pascal Gross’ Premier League goals for Brighton have been scored against Manchester United (3/9). Both of the German’s strikes this season have been against the Red Devils.What’s next?Both clubs turn their attention to the FA Cup, with United travelling to Arsenal in the fourth round on Friday and Brighton hosting West Brom the following day. read morelast_img read more

Professor Stephen Hawkings funeral Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones among mourners at

first_imgThe service began at 2pm Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones joined around 250 family and friends at Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral today in Cambridge.The service was held just metres from the college that was his academic home for 52 years.Other stars expected to attend were Lily Cole, model and actress, comedian Dara O Brian and playwright Alan Bennett.Elon Musk, founder of aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, and Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond films, have also been invited.Eddie Redmayne played Professor Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything. Felicity Jones played his wife, Jane Hawking. Eddie Remayne Although the service is private, and will be restricted to invited friends, family and colleagues, crowds are expected to form outside the church to witness the funeral procession.  Professor Hawking died peacefully at his home on 14 March, at the age of 76. The service is to be held at the University Church St Mary the Great, close to Gonville and Caius College, where Professor Hawking was a fellow.Professor Fay Dowker, a former student, will give a second eulogy, after Professor Hawking’s son Robert.  “This high regard was demonstrated wherever in the world he gave a public lecture: the auditorium was always packed, the atmosphere electric and the applause thunderous.”The procession began at the professor’s house in the west of Cambridge, and travel along the historic King’s Parade, in front of King’s College, to the University Church. Stephen Hawking at his Oxford University graduation. Stephen Hawking “Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. The service began at 14:00. Roads in central Cambridge are not expected to be closed, but traffic will be stopped to allow the procession to pass.Professor Hawking was diagnosed with  motor neurone disease in his twenties, and was initially expected to live just a few years. Lily Cole went to Cambridge UniversityCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Felicity Jones and Charles Guard Brian May and Anita Dobson arrive Professor Hawking, pictured in 2015 with Eddie RedmayneCredit:Dnaiel Leal-Olivas/PA Felicity Jones and Charles St Mary the Great is the official church of Cambridge University. By university legislation, undergraduates must live within three miles of its spire. Professor Hawking’s ashes will be interred in Westminster Abbey, close to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton, in June, following a service of thanksgiving for his life.A book of condolence is open at Gonville and Caius, and an online book has been set up on the college’s website.Thousands of messages from around the world have already been posted. Dara O Briain arrives center_img “Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious.”So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.”We would like to thank Gonville and Caius College, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge for their assistance with our father’s funeral service.” The coffin will be carried by six porters from Gonville and Caius, all in traditional uniform, with bowler hats.Many porters at the college knew Professor Hawking and provided support when he visited for dinners and other events. They were asked by his family to be pallbearers.Head Porter Russell Holmes will walk ahead of the coffin as it is carried into the church.He will wear his formal college uniform of top hat and tails, and carry a silver-topped ebony cane of office.Despite the scientist’s public atheism, Professor Hawking’s family felt that a traditional church funeral would allow friends, family and colleagues to pay tribute to him.  Brian May and Anita Dobson arriveCredit:PA She is expected to say: “Stephen shared his work and his zest for the fundamental questions it addressed with wide audiences. “He inspired people with the excitement and importance of pure scientific enquiry and was admired and revered for his devotion, as a scholar, to the pursuit of knowledge. Order of serviceCredit:Andrew Parsons for The Telegraph Eddie Redmayne walking into the churchCredit:Andrew Parsons for the Telegraph Lily Cole went to Cambridge University Order of service The service began at 2pmCredit:Andrew Parsons for The Telegraph “He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city.”For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him. Hawking at his Oxford graduation, in 1962. He would be diagnosed with motor neurone disease the next year.Credit:Rex Features In a statement, Professor Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude to all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence. Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, arriving at the After-party dinner for the EE British Academy Film Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Dara O Briain arrives Credit: PAlast_img read more