Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has claimed that there is a god of football after his team defeated Manchester United via a late penalty.
In the post-match conference, De Zerbi said his side deserved to win the match because they played a better game than United.
He said:”There is a god of football because we deserved to win in the semi-final. In both games, I think we played better than United. The last result was unfair”.
The manager added: “We dominated the game against one incredible team, but now we have to play another six very tough games [in the race for European qualification.”
The win against the Red Devils rescued Brighton’s hopes of European qualification for next season.
De Zerbi had been distraught after Manchester United defeated Brighton in the FA Cup on penalties, with Solly March missing the final penalty to give room for the first Manchester Derby in the FA Cup final.
The Italian manager felt it was an underserved result for Manchester United in the FA Cup and had his mood changed after VAR intervened in the 95th minute during league game on Thursday to give Brighton the lead, with Mac Allister sending David De Gea the wrong way.
However, Manchester United’s manager looked angry after a lackluster performance on the field by referee Andre Marriner.
Marriner failed to award red cards to Brighton players for their challenges on Manchester United attackers.
Also, the free kick that led to that goal was also criticized by Ten Hag. A free kick was given against Shaw who appeared to bring Julio Enciso down. However, the ball led to a corner kick that led to Shaw’s handball in the box.
How Shaw’s mistake cost The Red Devils points
The Manchester United center back had a very nice performance on the pitch and was unarguably the man of the match, but raising his hands after a corner came in was his biggest mistake since he started playing in that position.
Luke Shaw said his “silly mistake” cost Manchester United an important point in a 1-0 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Thursday, May 4.
“Last minute, last action. I got a little nudge, but of course, the hand shouldn’t be there,” Shaw told Sky Sports after the game. “I own up to it, take it on the chin, it cost us the game, but it is tough. I can’t even explain why my hand is up there.
Manchester United failed to make use of this opportunity to move to third place on the Premier League table, extending the point gap between them and Liverpool even with a game in hand.
What’s next for Brighton and Manchester United?
Manchester United will hope to extend their points and hijack the third place with a victory against West Ham United when they meet on Saturday, May 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.
Brighton on the other hand, are also on the brink of making the top four and will likely see to this when they host Everton at The American Express Community Stadium on Monday, May 8. Kick off time is 5:30pm
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