Pogba Sits Out as Manchester United Beat Brighton to Confirm a Place in FA Cup Semis

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Following their surprise Champions League exit in the midweek, Manchester United bounced back and beat Brighton 2-0 at home to continue their run in the FA Cup. However, Paul Pogba sat out the match on the bench, fueling rumors regarding his future at the club amid an alleged feud with Jose Mourinho.

Nemanja Matic assisted for Romelu Lukaku, who scored a glorious header to put Manchester United in front late in the first half. However, Brighton took the initiative after the break and looked the more threatening side, before man of the match Nemanja Matic struck home in the 84th minute to put the game to bed.

Mourinho’s effective but unattractive tactics paid off once more – as they almost always do, it seems – and the Red Devils will now await their fate in the FA Cup semifinal.

Earlier in the day, Swansea were no match for Tottenham, who comfortably beat them 3-0 away at home as they look to secure the first silverware of the Mauricio Pochettino era.

Meanwhile, Liverpool trashed Watford 5-0 in the Premier League thanks to another incredible performance from Mohamed Salah.