Had Manchester City blown it? Glenn Murray had just headed Brighton into the lead in the 27th minute, and anyone seeking final-day drama had their hook. City had cracked at the worst possible moment; they had lost their nerve just as the hard work seemed to have been done; they had made a season's excellence count for nothing and Pep Guardiola would face familiar accusations of overcomplicating at a moment that demanded clarity.
Those would have been the headlines, the think pieces, the pub discussions...
Things were getting so desperate for Tottenham against Brighton that, as the minutes ticked by with the score 0-0, Vincent Janssen was brought on for his first appearance since August 2017. Still no breakthrough came, though, and it looked as if Mauricio Pochettino's side would drop points in their quest for Champions League qualification.
BRIGHTON, England -- Three points on Brighton 3-2 Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
1. Jose Mourinho warning appears true
Jose Mourinho said this season would be tough for Manchester United, but he probably did not expect to be proved right quite so quickly.
Through the summer and during the first week of the new Premier League season, he has painted a bleak picture of United's prospects. Even a 2-1 win over Leicester on opening night did little to improve his mood.
There is a longstanding summer tradition of the big stars from the Dutch top tier heading to the English Premier League. The list of those who have shone -- such as Arjen Robben and Ruud van Nistlerooy -- is mirrored by the misses -- Mateja Kezman, Afonso Alves and Jon Dahl Tomasson. It remains to be seen on what side of that divide Alireza Jahanbakhsh falls as he becomes Brighton and Hove Albion's record signing, but the Iranian winger has shone every time he has stepped up to the next level.