Manchester United 1-3 Brighton: Seagulls pour more misery on Erik ten Hag as hapless Red Devils capitulate again

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Manchester United have lost three of their last four (Picture:AFP)

Manchester United’s dismal start to the Premier League campaign hit a new low at Old Trafford as Brighton inflicted another defeat on the Red Devils to heap the pressure on Erik ten Hag.

Danny Welbeck scored following an energetic and bright start from the home sidewhen he capitalised on some flat-footed defending to fire past Andre Onana.

United thought they were back on level terms before half-time when Rasmus Hojlund converted from close-range but VAR ruled out the goal after Marcus Rashford ran the ball out of play.

Though the home side continued to have the better chances, Brighton carried a threat on the counter-attack and Pascal Gross continued his sensational record against United with a brilliantly taken goal ten minutes after half-time.

Welbeck scored the opener (Picture: Getty)

Gross scored Brighton’s second (Picture: Getty)

Hojlund, making his full debut for the club, was taken off just after the hour mark for Anthony Martial. The decision was met by jeers from the home crowd, who were furious that the Dane was leaving the pitch as the side looked for a way back into the game.

Hojlund came off to jeers (Picture: Getty)

The substitution took the sting out of United’s attack and Brighton scored a sensational third moments later when Joao Pedro finished off Tariq Lamptey’s cross to put the Seagulls in dreamland.

Some fans had seen enough and headed for the exits. Those that made a swift departure missed Hannibal Mejbri – who replaced Casemiro to less fanfare moments before Hojlund’s exit – score his first goal for the club with a brilliant effort from outside the box.

The goal gave United a flicker of hope that they could make a miraculous comeback but chances for a second were in short supply.

The defeat is United’s third in five matches, with the club’s form on the pitch matching the mood off it.

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Source:: Metro


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