Leon Balogun makes English Premier League bow as Brighton stun Manchester United

by cornel

The Nigeria international made his competitive bow for the Seagulls after his move in the summer
Leon Balogun played his first English Premier League game for Brighton & Hove Albion as they defeated Manchester United 3-2 at the Falmer Stadium on Sunday.

Coach Chris Hughton continued with his preferred centre-back partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk against Jose Mourinho’s side.

The latter was forced off in the 20th minute – with the game still goalless – after suffering an injury, thus, affording the ex-Mainz 05 defender his debut.
A 20-minute onslaught – that started only five minutes after his introduction – on the Red Devils’ defence yielded three goals through veteran forward Glenn Murray, Duffy, with Pascal Gross netting from the spot on the half-time mark – after Romelu Lukaku had grabbed United’s first goal.

The visitors would not go down without a fight as Paul Pogba reduced the deficit from 12-yard out after Duffy caught substitute Marouane Fellaini in the area, but that was barely enough as Brighton secured their first points of the 2018-19 campaign.


Balogun joined the Seagulls this summer before heading out to the World Cup in Russia, and participated in their pre-season activities upon his return to England.

While the severity of Dunk’s injury is yet to be ascertained, it could help the German-born defender, who fared well facing United’s attack, force his way into Hughton’s plan.

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