Albion ended a turbulent week with a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Nikita Parris scored in each half to settle the WSL tussle.

Albion slip to second bottom in the table after West Ham's shock 2-1 win over Arsenal.

It was the Seagulls’ first match under interim boss Mikey Harris after Melissa Phillips was sacked.

They return home on Wednesday to face Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the Conti Cup at Crawley.

United boss Marc Skinner has himself been under pressure of late but will have enjoyed this comfortable if unspectacular win in something of a stop-start match.

Albion were generally compact and competitive but offered little threat.

Brazilian winger Geyse teed up both goals.

Parris scored on ten minutes after Geyse had gone past Poppy Pattinson and pulled the ball back.

Albion might have levelled by half-time through top scorer Elisabeth Terland.

Mary Earps pushed over a well struck shot after a clever pass by Lee Guem-min.

The England keeper had a rather simpler gather after Terland made a good run to the near post and whisked Pattinson’s cross goalwards.

But Earps was a spectator in the second half.

Parris doubled the United lead just after the hour when Geyse eased past Vea Sarri, who had gone across to help Pattinson, and took her time before picking out Parris for a right-foot finish.

Albion made several changes as the second half progressed.

But United almost added a late third when Sophie Baggaley held a Melvine Malard header from a corner.