While other big teams are cruising to victory all around England, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United succumbed to a defeat against Brighton, a promoted side last year. After conceding three first half goals, the Red Devils never did anything to make a comeback and eventually, they bowed out to the Seagulls, with a final scoreline of 3-2.
Brighton & Hove Albion lineup (4-2-3-1): Mat Ryan; Martin Montoya, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk (Leon Balogun, 20′), Gaetan Bong; Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper, Solly March; Pascal Gross (Beram Kayal, 90′), Glenn Murray (Jurgen Locadia, 90’+3′).
Manchester United lineup (4-3-3): David de Gea; Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Fred, Andreas Pereira (Jesse Lingard, 46′), Paul Pogba; Juan Mata (Marcus Rashford, 46′), Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial (Marouane Fellaini, 60′).
Goal: Murray (25′), Duffy (27′), Lukaku (34′), Gross (Pen – 44′), Pogba (Pen – 90’+4′).
Yellow card: Martial (45’+2′), Murray (67′).
Both teams started the day in a positive manner and created a few decent chances. But, for the visitors, Lukaku and Martial missed a couple good opportunities to get the early lead. On the other hand, intelligent play from Gross, Knockaert and Murray troubled United defense on several occasions. And in one such attack, at the 25th minute mark, March’s brilliant pass found an onside Murray. The striker’s deft touch was good enough to beat De Gea in the goal, and Brighton got a dream start.
Two minutes later, another attack from the hosts and a sleek pass from Knockaert gifted the ball to Duffy inside the box. The defender needed one touch to adjust himself and then he slotted in the ball calmly to double the lead for Brighton. United and Mourinho were in a problem, and they needed magic to come back into the game. It happened for them, six minutes later. From a corner, Shaw got the ball right outside the box and his dropped shot came nicely to Lukaku who just had to nod the ball home from a close range, to get the much needed goal for his team.
However, the home side were still up and running. Against the run of the game, minutes before the break, consecutive mistakes from De Gea, Fred and Bailly eventually awarded a penalty to Brighton, and Gross made no mistake to make it 3-1 until the halftime.
In the second half, Mourinho had to bring in his substitutes to change the fate of the game. Yet, Brighton were too composed and resilient to give any breathing space to the Red Devils. In the end, during stoppage time, Manchester United had their one sliver of hope. Fellaini was fouled by Duffy inside the box, and the referee awarded the penalty. Pogba scored from the spot again, and that was the final scoreline: 3-2.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United stats:
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Manchester United|
|Shots (on target)||6 (3)||9 (3)|
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