Manchester united vs Brighton Highlights : Brighton beat Manchester United 2-1 thanks to a first-half brace from Pascal Gross, ruining Erik ten Hag’s debut in the Premier League. As Gross continued his career-high scoring streak against United at Old Trafford, his players were left flabbergasted by Ronaldo’s absence on the bench.
Although Alexis MacAllister’s own goal reduced the deficit, Ronaldo’s late comeback on United’s home ground did not materialize, despite Ronaldo’s inclusion as a substitute.
In his half-time Sky Sports interview, Roy Keane said: “Let’s give Brighton some credit before criticizing Manchester United.” He then immediately ripped into his former club. It’s all so familiar, and that’s probably what pains United most today. After a preseason of hope, renewal, and optimism, Louis van Gaal lost his debut to Swansea City in 2013. There are at least a few people who are a little older.
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The first 10 minutes of the match was spent solving Brighton’s puzzle, but then Brighton took United to the cleaners, with every delicate pass, turn, and switch of play pricking wounds that are still raw after United’s dismal 2021/22 season.
Graham enjoyed that one! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/y31Xe5AsCf— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) August 7, 2022
Despite losing Marc Cucurella for blockbuster money, Potter stuck with his back three ploy to devastating effect in Brighton’s final preseason friendly. The application of such switches is much easier during seasons in which management has been calm, clear, and there is a clear football identity. A still-imbalanced United squad will need time to catch up with Ten Hag’s vision, since he comes from a similar football philosophy.
In an almost Cruyffian style roving central attackers, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen operated differently from the 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations United employed during preseason. With Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford pinned wide, Fernandes’ early chance came from stretching the three-man Brighton defence. In the end, United crumbled because once Albion had them on the run, they had no fundamentals to fall back on.