Manchester United suffered a humbling 3-1 Premier League loss to Brighton on Saturday and have picked up three defeats within the first 5 matches of a league marketing campaign for the primary time since 1989-90.
Regardless of making a shiny begin at Outdated Trafford, United fell behind within the twentieth minute when Danny Welbeck slotted house in opposition to his former membership when left unmarked within the penalty space.
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United responded properly and thought that they had levelled simply earlier than the break via big-money signing Rasmus Højlund, on his full debut, however the ball was adjudged to be out of play when Marcus Rashford pulled the ball again to the Dane.
Brighton absolutely capitalised on that VAR reprieve, nonetheless, as advantageous targets from Pascal Gross early within the second half and a João Pedro strike introduced groans of dismay throughout Outdated Trafford.
Substitute Hannibal Mejbri did get one again for the hosts with 18 minutes left however Brighton held on with ease to maneuver as much as third within the standings on 12 factors from 5 matches. United dropped to twelfth on six factors.
After one other tumultuous week in Manchester, with Brazilian ahead Antony dealing with assault allegations and England winger Jadon Sancho’s points with coach Erik ten Hag nonetheless taking part in out, the membership wanted issues on the pitch to elevate their supporters.
With Højlund trying full of life and Rashford taking the assault to the guests they regarded primed to get again to successful methods, however defensive frailties proved their undoing as Welbeck’s fourth objective in opposition to his boyhood membership put them on the again foot once more.
Rashford continued to look the most certainly to stage within the opening interval, hanging the angle of submit and crossbar following a trademark driving run.
Final season’s high scorer went shut simply after the break, however scientific ending from Gross took him to 4 targets in opposition to United at Outdated Trafford, with solely Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Salah scoring extra there as a visiting participant.
There have been boos throughout Outdated Trafford as Hojlund was changed by Anthony Martial, however it was a Brighton change that put the sport to mattress, with file signing Pedro arrowing a fizzing effort into the web.
Hannibal’s first objective for the membership didn’t threaten Brighton’s superiority, with the guests having additional possibilities to increase their lead as they strolled to victory.
Brighton grew to become solely the third facet to win 4 consecutive Premier League video games in opposition to United, after Liverpool between 2000 and 2002, and Manchester Metropolis from 2013-14.