What a day for Brighton. A giant win in opposition to a giant crew. They’ll discuss this in Sussex by the ocean for a very long time.
However what a day for Manchester United, a day to simply accept some new realities, to simply accept a brand new state of issues.
This United crew lacks authority, it has been worn away step by step within the post-Ferguson years. It doesn’t have the presence that it ought to have given the gamers who put on the pink shirt. As such, their opponents don’t concern them. They respect them however that isn’t the identical.
Glenn Murray opened the scoring for Brighton after sneaking previous Victor Lindelof and flicking the end residence
The striker confirmed nice motion and an excellent contact to divert his effort previous David de Gea, who couldn’t lay a glove on it
Jose Mourinho reduce an exasperated determine on the sidelines after watching his facet give away three first half targets
The Brighton gamers celebrated in unison as Manchester United stood with fingers on hips after falling behind
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, AND MATCHZONE ANALYSIS
Ryan 7; Montoya 7, Duffy 8, Dunk 6 (Balogun 19minutes 7), Bong 7.5; Knockaert 7, Stephens 7.5, Popper 7, March 7.5; Gross 7.5, Murray 7.5 (Locadia 90minutes 6). Not used: Button, Kayal, Bissouma, Balogun, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo.
GOALS: Murray 24, Duffy 26, Gross (pen) 43
CHRIS HUGHTON: 8
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3):
De Gea 5.5; Younger 5.5, Lindelof,4.5 Bailly 5, Shaw 6; Fred 6, Pereira 6 (Lingard 45minutes 6), Pogba 6; Mata 5.5 (Rashford 45minutes 6), Lukaku 6, Martial 6 (Fellaini 60minutes 6). Not used: Grant, Smalling, Herrera, Fellaini, McTominay
GOALS: Lukaku 34, Pogba (pen) 90+4
JOSE MOURINHO: 5.5
REFEREE: Kevin Buddy 7
MAN OF THE MATCH: Shane Duffy
Season at a look
- Premier League
- Premier League
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Ligue 1
- Serie A
- La Liga
So opponents can assault them, get on the entrance foot in opposition to them. They will beat them and embarrass them even. That’s what occurred right here on the south coast right this moment. Brighton started this recreation realizing that they had crushed United narrowly on this floor again in Could and whereas that they had improved their squad since then their opponents largely had not.
So whereas they gained final season on the again of exhausting work and organisation, they did so this time simply by being the higher crew.
The targets all got here within the first half. Brighton scored a fast hearth double by Glenn Murray and the excellent Shane Duffy and after Romelu Lukaku had pulled a objective again for United Chris Hughton’s crew prolonged their lead once more by a Pascal Gross penalty.
However whereas they have been the highlights of the sport, probably the most telling interval was arguably the second half. This was once we anticipated United – wounded and harm – to come back charging again in to the sport in the hunt for targets and, on the very least, some satisfaction.
That is what United crew historically do however this United crew didn’t. They don’t have sufficient fibre for that. Sometimes it may possibly occur, because it did at Manchester Metropolis final season. However that was freakish whereas what we noticed right here was extra consultant of this vastly-diminished soccer membership.
Shane Duffy then doubled the lead for Chris Hughton’s facet after controlling properly earlier than slotting his end into the nook
The central defender celebrated scoring his first Premier League objective in fashion, wheeling away in entrance of the house followers
Duffy took benefit of pinball within the field earlier than steadying himself to plant the end powerfully into the nook
A beleaguered de Gea couldn’t imagine what he’d seen from his defence after they allowed the ball to drop
They got a penalty in damage time and Paul Pogba scored it. However don’t be fooled by the slim look that this gave the scoreline for United have been dreadful within the second half, a interval of soccer that stated all the pieces about their trendy failings beneath Jose Mourinho.
United tried to collect themselves however they may not. Their defensive partnership of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof was abysmal all day. Mourinho signed each of them so no surprise his chief govt Ed Woodward is cautious of giving him cash for one more.
Elsewhere, in the meantime, United have been fairly feckless in opposition to the neatness and sharpness of Brighton’s play.
Hughton had his crew enjoying to a plan whereas United regarded as if they have been making it up as they went alongside. Pink passes disappeared out of play whereas Mourinho sighed and waved his arms. Sometimes he appealed for calm however no one was listening.
Between Lukaku’s objective within the 34th minute and an extended shot from Pogba with 15 minutes left – a interval of 41 minutes – Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan didn’t make a single save in opposition to a United crew that fairly merely seems to be to have fallen out of affection with enjoying this recreation.
All through the primary half, there was a sample that repeated so typically it was extraordinary that United couldn’t take steps to interrupt it. Again and again, Brighton performed balls from deep in to the channels simply contained in the United full-backs and time and time once more they precipitated their opponents issues.
Romelu Lukaku headed United’s first objective of the sport, chopping the deficit with this end from shut vary within the first half
The Belgian striker was desperate to retrieve the ball and eager to get United again into the sport as rapidly as potential
Lukaku celebrated by pointing to the sky as he collected the ball and ran again to midway to restart the sport
Brazilian midfielder Fred congratulates Lukaku as United regarded to push on and haul themselves again into the sport
United’s defence checked out instances as if it hadn’t performed collectively earlier than throughout a gap 45 minutes that Brighton dominated. The house crew scored three within the first half whereas United by some means managed to attain one. The sport was not over at that time however United’s compliance had however been fairly startling.
Brighton’s personal season had began badly with a defeat at Watford. Goalkeeper Ryan had known as the efficiency ‘naïve’.
However right here they performed with confidence and two targets in three minutes simply after the halfway level of the primary half gave them a lead they deserved.
The primary objective within the 24th minute was pretty. Left-back Gaeton Bong moved the ball large to Solly March and when the midfielder drove a cross low to the close to submit, Murray moved forward of Lindelof to poke the ball large of David de Gea with the toe of his proper boot. Lindelof was gradual to sense hazard and that was typical of his afternoon nevertheless it was nonetheless a stunning end.
Inspired by that, and little question by the actual fact United had to this point not managed to essentially harm them, Brighton got here once more two minutes later and gained a nook on the left. United appeared to have cleared the hazard on the far submit however solely managed to direct the ball again from whence it got here.
This time the supply was low and a ricochet delivered the ball to the ft of Duffy at pace. The Brighton defender might have been forgiven for a heavy contact because the ball arrived so sharply. However his first contact killed it lifeless and that gave him time to facet foot the ball in to a gaping internet from about ten yards.
Eric Bailly’s mistimed lunge earlier than the break on Pascal Gross gave an easy penalty resolution to the referee
The central defender regarded downcast and knew he’d dedicated a poor foul to provide Brighton the penalty
De Gea managed to get a thigh on Gross’ spot kick however the Spaniard couldn’t stop the German from scoring
Gross raised a fist as much as the Brighton followers after the Seagulls managed to go into half time with a 3-1 lead
The house supporters watched on nervously however Gross’ penalty was nearly adequate to beat the keeper
United misplaced right here final season to the one objective of the sport however this already felt completely different. On the touchline Mourinho appealed for his gamers to relax by a cross from Pogba that sailed over the bar and out of play instructed they weren’t listening.
Mourinho’s crew have been all at sea by the ocean whereas Brighton have been buoyant. Out of the blue, United grabbed a objective again as Luke Shaw volleyed a free ball in to the bottom and up for Lukaku to go in from eight yards.
However as a substitute of settling issues down, United continued to play recklessly. Pogba was left on his bottom by Anthony Knockaert as he tried a pirouette on the far facet earlier than Anthony Martial was booked for a useless foul.
And, simply when half-time was virtually upon us, United folded once more. They misplaced possession cheaply in centre subject after which conceded a penalty so useless as to be ridiculous.
Murray was clear on objective however his contact was so heavy the hazard had gone. Nonetheless Bailly determined to slip in and when he introduced Murray down unnecessarily Gross transformed a penalty that De Gea regarded to have saved just for the ball to cannon off his leg up in to the roof off the online.
Mourinho’s response at half-time was to take off Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira and ship on Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. Fifteen minutes later – after a lot huffing and puffing however no actual enchancment – Marouane Fellaini was despatched on for Martial. From this level on, we knew what was coming.
Marouane Fellaini was fouled within the field in added time and United got a penalty for the comfort objective
Paul Pogba stepped as much as rating his second objective in two video games, drilling his effort previous Mathew Ryan in objective
Pogba collected the ball and ran again to midway however there was virtually no time on the clock to salvage a degree
Nonetheless not a lot modified, although. No less than not for some time. As we approached the 70th minute, nonetheless Ryan within the Brighton objective had not made a significant save since Lukaku beat him within the first half.
United have been ragged and flustered. Within the 62nd minute, Pogba handed a ball straight out of play. Then, seven minutes later, he discovered Ashley Younger with a stunning cross just for the England participant to cross the ball straight behind objective for a objective kick. These have been primary, embarrassing errors.
By now the Brighton crowd have been sensing a memorable win however there have been nerves too. This hasn’t occurred right here too typically through the years so when it does it pays to take nothing without any consideration.
Ryan did need to work within the 75th minute as he dived to his proper to the touch away an extended vary effort from Pogba. That gave United a nook however the supply was poor and it was cleared on the close to submit.
United had loved many of the play within the second half however generally the statistics can lie or on the very least mislead. Brighton had been content material to take a seat on the lead, play on the counter and invited United on to them.
There was no less than some urgency about United as the sport wore on however that was about all there was. Too many passes went astray, too many off the ball runs went unseen or unfound. When there was a break in play to deal with an damage to goalkeeper Ryan, United’s gamers gathered on the close to touchline for water however Mourinho appeared to have completely nothing by any means to say to them.
On the loss of life Pogba scored his penalty. That’s two from two for the United captain this season. It was, although, completely irrelevant.