Rio Ferdinand reacts to Man United's thrilling 3-2 win at Brighton

Rio Ferdinand has his say on Manchester United's thrilling 3-2 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday

Rio Ferdinand
Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand praised Manchester United for showing “great character” after they claimed a thrilling 3-2 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday lunchtime to pick up their first Premier League points of the season.

The Red Devils headed into the game looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing their Premier League opener 3-1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last weekend.

It was Brighton who took the lead late in the first half through Neal Maupay’s penalty, but the Red Devils levelled before the break thanks to Lewis Dunk’s own goal.

Manchester United then went ahead in the 55th minute when Marcus Rashford drilled home a brilliant goal after having been found by Bruno Fernandes.

With the score at 2-1, Brighton thought they had clinched a point after Solly March equalised deep into second-half stoppage time.

However, it was Manchester United who ended up claiming all of the points when Fernandes stepped up and scored his penalty with the final kick of the game after Harry Maguire’s header hit Maupay on the arm in the box.

The win was a welcome one for the Red Devils after the disappointment of their loss last weekend.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was highly impressed by what he saw from the Red Devils in terms of their resilience.

“What an advert for the Premier League, this is what makes you love it,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport after the final whistle.

“You come to Brighton and you expect Man United to win but Brighton, you have to give them huge credit for the part they played today. They were magnificent in all they did.

“Manchester United showed great character. Loads to work on, and I’m sure Ole will be sitting there thinking, ‘we need to do better here and there’, but the character is what he’ll be looking at.

“The front four – the quality they have is undoubted. That’s not what we’re worried about. They were fantastic with what they did going forward.”

Next up for the Red Devils is another trip to Brighton in the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday night.

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas sends message to Chelsea FC after 2-0 win over Real Madrid
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand predicts where Chelsea FC will finish next season
N'Golo Kante
Paul Pogba names Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante as one of his toughest opponents
Paul Pogba
Man United star Paul Pogba names the two players who are the ‘future’ of football
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger states his prediction for Arsenal v Villarreal in Europa League semi-final
Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas sends message to Chelsea FC after 2-0 win over Real Madrid
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand predicts where Chelsea FC will finish next season
N'Golo Kante
Paul Pogba names Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante as one of his toughest opponents
Paul Pogba
Man United star Paul Pogba names the two players who are the ‘future’ of football
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger states his prediction for Arsenal v Villarreal in Europa League semi-final
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature