FA Cup Report: Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion 17 March 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be under pressure to win a trophy this season. Susana Vera  Reuters

Headers by Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic earned Manchester United an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in a low-key FA Cup quarter-final played in freezing conditions on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho suggested in an explosive pre-match media conference that key United players need to "grow up" and the manager has left Pogba and Sanchez on the bench for the tie.

And United struck the outside of the post from the resulting corner, Tim Krul turning a Chris Smalling effort on to the woodwork.

Brighton enjoyed the odd spell of prolonged possession as they went in search of just a second win in 18 attempts against tonight's opponents, coming close to making a breakthrough when Lewis Dunk powered a header on target for Sergio Romero to push aside.

The Red Devils scored their first goal in the 37th minute when Nemanja Matic delivered a clever cross for Romelu Lukaku to score with an header.

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Chances continued to fall Brighton's way, most notably for Locadia who headed wide at the back post when picked out in a promising position.

The Red Devils eventually doubled their lead on 84 minutes when Ashley Young's free-kick was nodded home by Matic.

Lukaku scored a consolation goal in their loss to the La Liga side after the Belgian forward netted seven times in his last 10 games.

Brighton however suffered the effect of their defeat against Sevilla as Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic scored the two goals that condemned them to defeat.

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