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Danny Welbeck came back to haunt Manchester United once again by opening the scoring at Old Trafford for Brighton on Easter Sunday.
The former Red Devils academy graduate popped up to score from close range early in the Premier League clash.
Neal Maupay’s excellent cross was met with a bullet header from Welbeck, who beat napping Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the ball.
The first effort was saved by Dean Henderson, but Welbeck was quickest to react as he scored with the rebound.
It means the 30-year-old ex-England international, who moved from United to Arsenal back in 2014, now has a record over his old club.
Welbeck is now the first former United player to score three Premier League goals against them after leaving.
The Seagulls star has shown in glimpses at the Amex Stadium he still has plenty to offer at the top level.
Welbeck’s career has been plagued with injury problems, especially during his time at the Emirates.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be wishing he wasn’t available for tonight’s game after inflicting more pain on United.
With the news Anthony Martial could be sidelined through injury until the end of the season, an unepected setback against Brighton would be the last thing Solskjaer needs.
United went into tonight’s game sitting second, but they are only one point clear of Leicester.
A defeat for the Red Devils and a win for David Moyes’ West Ham on Monday night at Wolves would see the Hammers move up to fourth and within five points of United.
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Given Chelsea are still only six points adrift of United too despite their thumping at home by West Brom on Saturday, Solskjaer’s side could face the danger of being dragged back into a top-four race.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, meanwhile, are a massive 17 points clear of their neighbours at the top of the pile.
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