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

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

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.

Despite losing Marc Cucurella for blockbuster money, Potter stuck with his back three ploy to devastating effect in Brighton’s final preseason friendly.

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

In the end, United crumbled because once Albion had them on the run, they had no fundamentals to fall back on.