Sheffield United 0-5 Brighton: Mason Holgate sent off in heavy home defeat

Mason Holgate (left) is the only player to have received a red card in each of the past three Premier League seasons

Brighton thrashed 10-man Sheffield United, who stayed bottom of the Premier League and conceded five goals at home for the third consecutive game.

The game swung in the 12th minute when United’s Mason Holgate caught Kaoru Mitoma in midfield with a horrific challenge just below the knee.

The Everton loanee was shown a yellow card, but the decision was upgraded to a red after intervention from the video assistant referee (VAR).

Against 10 men, Brighton attacked at will, taking the lead through Facundo Buonanotte, who bundled in a corner.

Danny Welbeck doubled the advantage, firing in a rebound after keeper Wes Foderingham denied Mitoma.

The hosts thought they had pulled a goal back just before the break through Ben Osborn, but his hooked volley has ruled out for offside.

Brighton got a deserved third midway through the second half when United defender Jack Robinson diverted Mitoma’s cross into his own net.

Simon Adingra added two late goals, burying Pascal Gross’ cutback and benefiting from a looping deflection.

Brighton enjoy record away win

Sunday’s victory was only Brighton’s second in the league in 2024, although they have won twice in the FA Cup, including a 5-2 triumph over United at Bramall Lane in the fourth round.

Even before Holgate’s sending-off Roberto de Zerbi’s side were routinely carving forward.

Adingra, back from winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, had a cross deflected off Anel Ahmedhodzic and narrowly kept out by a diving Foderingham.

At 2-0, Yasser Larouci twice cleared off the line for United, denying Mitoma and Gross from close range. Foderingham also smartly kept out Welbeck and Mitoma either side of half-time.

Brighton’s win is their biggest away from home in the top flight, and they have scored four or more goals seven times in all competitions this season.

Seventh-placed Brighton face teams from the bottom half of the table in their next five games.

They host Everton on Saturday, a game De Zerbi will expect to win.

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Sheffield United

  1. Squad number18Player nameFoderingham

  2. Squad number30Player nameHolgate

  3. Squad number15Player nameAhmedhodzic

  4. Squad number19Player nameRobinson

  5. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  6. Squad number8Player nameHamer

  7. Squad number21Player nameVinicius Souza

  8. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  9. Squad number27Player nameLarouci

  10. Squad number28Player nameMcAtee

  11. Squad number32Player nameOsula

  1. Squad number5Player nameTrusty

  2. Squad number7Player nameBrewster

  3. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  4. Squad number22Player nameDavies

  5. Squad number35Player nameBrooks

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number1Player nameVerbruggen

  2. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  3. Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

  4. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  5. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  6. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  7. Squad number11Player nameGilmour

  8. Squad number24Player nameAdingra

  9. Squad number40Player nameBuonanotte

  10. Squad number22Player nameMitoma

  11. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  1. Squad number3Player nameIgor Julio

  2. Squad number15Player nameModer

  3. Squad number28Player nameFerguson

  4. Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán

  5. Squad number31Player nameAnsu Fati


Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 18Foderingham
  • 30HolgateBooked at 13mins
  • 15Ahmedhodzic
  • 19Robinson
  • 20Bogle
  • 8HamerSubstituted forDaviesat 79′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21de Souza Costa
  • 23OsbornSubstituted forNorwoodat 79′minutes
  • 27LarouciSubstituted forBrooksat 63′minutes
  • 28McAteeSubstituted forBrewsterat 79′minutes
  • 32OsulaSubstituted forTrustyat 31′minutes


  • 5Trusty
  • 7Brewster
  • 9McBurnie
  • 13Grbic
  • 16Norwood
  • 22Davies
  • 24Arblaster
  • 35Brooks
  • 45Blacker


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1VerbruggenBooked at 90mins
  • 4WebsterSubstituted fordos Santos de Pauloat 45′minutes
  • 29van Hecke
  • 5Dunk
  • 2LampteyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forModerat 45′minutes
  • 13Groß
  • 11GilmourBooked at 90mins
  • 24Adingra
  • 40BuonanotteBooked at 56minsSubstituted forFergusonat 66′minutes
  • 22MitomaSubstituted forAnsu Fatiat 76′minutes
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forEstupiñánat 81′minutes


  • 3dos Santos de Paulo
  • 15Moder
  • 20Baleba
  • 23Steele
  • 28Ferguson
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 31Ansu Fati
  • 34Veltman
  • 47Baker-Boaitey

Stuart Attwell


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