Leon Balogun plays first EPL match as Brighton Beats United
The Nigerian international defender made his first competitive appearance for the seagulls after his move to the premier league team.
Brighton coach Chris Hughton started with his favorite center halves Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk against united but the latter was forced to leave in the 20th minute, while the game was still goalless. Dunk suffered an injury, which allowed the former Mainz 05 defender to finally make his premier league debut.
The full attack began just five minutes after balogun came into the field forcing the Red Devils defense to concede three goals through striker Glenn Murray, Duffy, and Gross wrapping it up with a penalty, Romelu Lukaku grabbed a goal back for United but it would not be enough.
The visitors tried to get back in the game with Paul Pogba reduced the deficit as he scored from the penalty spot but that was barely enough as Brighton secured their first 3 points of the 2018/19 premier league campaign.
Balogun joined Brighton this summer before going to the World Cup in Russia, and participated in preseason activities after Nigeria exited in the group stage.
While the severity of Dunk’s injury has not yet been determined, it could help the German-born Nigerian defender to force his way into the first team.